August is traditionally a month
that Auctioneers find difficult, too many distractions, fine
warm weather for instance generates an air of lethargy, who
would really want to move heavy furniture in the heat? Letís
enjoy the weather and go to the beach instead, not this year
however, the wet and overcast summer months kept the auction
rooms moving, a full sale coupled with extensive probate entries
as well as the BBC filming the sale resulted in a strong turnout
of buyers keen to purchase the lots on offer.
The highest furniture price was
taken for a set of eight Chippendale style ribbon back dining
chairs, circa 1900 which sold at £2,500, while a set of six
Georgian Windsor dining chairs with bulls eye splats realised £940
followed by two Windsor elbow chairs £540. A Victorian burr walnut
breakfront cabinet (unsold at the previous sale) sold for £720,
longcase clocks sold a £1,050, £680 and £500 respectively. While
other clocks including a French Guardian French garniture sold at
£580 and a large dial clock from a village hall made £500.
A Kia Picanto 1,000 cc motor car
just three years old with only 1,073 miles on the clock caused a
great deal of excitement selling at £3,200.
Elsewhere a painting by Charles
Frederick Tunnicliffe showing a peacock and two hens sold at
£1,020, a cased Royal Worcester tea set signed Rushton sold at
£1,450 and a collection of Derby Imari pattern tableware at £560.
Silver sold consistently well
throughout the sale and garden furniture and ornaments sold beyond
expectations, despite the dismal summer season. The next sale to
be held on the 18th & 19th September will
include a larger than usual selection of jewellery together with
further probate instructions and the contents of an intriguing
local cafť which despite being closed in the 1970ís was even then
considered very old fashioned and quant and this will be sold on
site, some six miles from the saleroom but incorporated as part of
the overall sale, further details in due course.