The top lot of two day auction was a
rare and unusual art deco French mantel clock in a cast ridged
bronze case surmounted by a curved hardstone finial. The clock
was designed by Albert Cheuret, born in the late 19th
century in Paris and now considered as one of the most significant
influences for the beginning of the modern movement. The clock
sold for £10,000 – in line with pre-sale expectations.
Throughout the rest of the two days
there was a consistently high selling rate through bids in the
room and also via the internet, commissions and telephone bidding.
A Rolex Tudor Oysterdate Automatic
Chronograph with original case sold for £2,650, while the best of
the jewellery, an 18ct Aquamarine and diamond dress ring, realised
Of taxidermy interest, a monkey
dressed as a cobbler, in a fitted diorama sold at £1,300. Six
Chinese watercolours on rice paper, set within chinoiserie frames,
beautifully painted but suffering some damage sold at £1,100. More
spectacularly, 2 paintings, one oil, one watercolour, in an
abstract manner, showing town houses, etc, indistinctly signed and
dated 57 (1957) rose from an estimate of £100-£150 to a winning
bid of £4,000.
Nothing if not versatile (and offered
on behalf of executors) an Audi A3T FSI hatchback, first
registered in 2005 with 115,000 miles on the clock, sold at
Amongst the furniture, the 20th
century design element continues to flourish under the direction
of John Rolfe, with a Jorge Zalszupin Brazilian rosewood executive
twin pedestal desk making £980. More traditionally a set of 12
Regency mahogany sabre leg dining chairs sold to an Irish buyer at
£2,300 and an early 19th century Irish centre table,
the centre inlaid with turtle stone, made £1,350 furniture prices
were strengthening on previous market conditions.
The next auction is in five weeks’ time on the 22nd
and 23rd of August and already appears to be a strong
sale (with many houses having recently sold locally). Such
situations throw up interesting items which have often been left
undisturbed for a generation, so without doubt these traditional
auction rooms will once more be full to capacity.