July 2017 Sale Report


Clocking In!

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 £1,150.

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 £1,600.

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.              


Albert Cheuret French Art Deco Clock Sold for £10,000

Jorge Zalszupin Brazilian Rosewood Desk

Sold for £980

Taxidermy Interest

Monkey in Cobblers Workshop Diorama

 - Sold for £1,300