DESPITE EVERYTHING !
The extremely cold start to the New
Year, coupled with heavy snow falls during the days leading up to
the sale, might make you wonder how it was all going to work out.
Although entries were down to just
over 1,000 lots, buyers were still eager to get out and on with
it. Those living further away or still nervous of travelling
in the snowy conditions viewed the online catalogue which compiled
full descriptions, estimates and photographs and many phoned with
commission bids. Others concentrated on online bidding which
allowed bids to be received from all over the world with around
one third of the lots (by value) being bought online from the
first day’s sale.
The furniture buyers tend to be a hardier lot and braved the roads
to the saleroom.
In consequence the sale did well, the highest price taken was for
a 20th century oil painting by Marino Marini showing a
stylised horse and rider, dated 1958, with bidding starting at
less than £100 it eventually sold for £3,300.
Other prices included £480 for a
Gerbruden-Bing tin plate ocean liner, £320 for three Concorde
instruments, £750 for a 9ct Albert watch chain and sovereign,
while a bronze by Alexandre-Pierre Schoenewerk made £650. A good
quality oak refectory table and eight chairs made £720.
The following sale on February 19th
& 20th will include, in addition to the usual sections,
a large volume of modern designer pieces about 150 to 200 lots and
to be sold on the instructions of High Court Enforcement Officers
and Bailiffs. All pieces are in exceptional condition and include
such names as Ralph Lauren, Le Creuset, Lalique, Baccarat, Raynaud,
Sophie Conran, etc. These lots cover areas such as furniture,
lighting, a large volume of unused kitchen effects of high
quality, pictures, books, decorative effects, gardenware,
textiles, ceramics, glass and electricalware. Full details in due