November 2019 Sale Report




 The long anticipated sale of mid 20th century paintings and furniture did not fail to delight and kicked off the first day’s auction.  A strong online following had been building for sometime, prior to the auction, and resulted in a torrent of bids, particularly for the picture section.  This included five signed prints by increasingly sought after artist, Lawrence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976), which had been consigned from a Cotswold market town.  With hopes of around £12,000 they achieved, in total, £20,700.  The vendor has already consigned a further five prints by this artist for inclusion in a sale next year.  Other prices included a John Houston (1930-2008) oil, entitled Bass Rock, Summer, at £1,550, while the best of the three Mary Fedden (1915-2012) entitled Desert, made £2,500.  An oil by Rachel Nicholson of a mug made £1,750 and a large unattributed oil sold at £1,050.  Roger Hilton (1911-1975), was the artist of an untitled abstract figural study which sold at £4,000.  Studio Pottery, furniture and other modern art objects from this section also sold well.  The section totalled some 200 lots and  realised over £62,000.  There will be a further sale of this very popular modern art style next year, and entries are already being invited.  Auctioneer John Rolfe will be pleased to discuss any entries you may be considering consigning.


Moving onto the more traditional section, the two hundred or so lots of ceramics saw a virtual clear out, as did the glassware and silver sections.  The jewellery section of some seventy lots also enjoyed a virtual sell-out and totalled over £15,000.  A large cocktail ring set with coral, emeralds and diamonds realized £1,250 and an Arts & Crafts enamel belt set with eleven panels and attributed to Charles Fleetwood Varley made £2,600.


Good vintage wristwatches are soaring in price, with an Art Deco Vacheron Constantine gents 18ct dress watch realising £1,100, an 18ct Omega Constellation automatic chronograph at £2,100 and a Heuer chronograph in a stainless steel case selling at £4,000.  Virtually all the clocks found homes, so too the toy collection.


Amongst the miscellaneous section, a selection of effects ranging from a boxing trophy, books on hunting, a hunting style weather vane, saddles and jackets, all from the estate of the late Captain E De L Cazenove, sold for around £1,000.


A  19th century violin labelled Gand & Bernardel Fres, Luthiers Du Conservatore De Musique number 761, Paris 1878   generated wide interest.  Having been found as part of a local clearance, it escalated to a price of £13,800, despite being in need of restoration and down to a single string.


The second day’s auction commenced with the sale of a TR2 sports car or, to be fair, the remains of a TR2 sports car, found languishing at the back of a garage in Gloucester.  A large crowd gathered to see it sell at £2,700.  That was followed by a rather more modern car, a Nissan Micra from 2010, which made £1,400.  A 19th century verdigris cast iron Fonderies Du Val D Osne 56 BD Voltaire Paris torchere figure of a maiden made £1,800, a pair of Quad II classic valve amps, complete with original cardboard packaging, realised £1,000.


A large collection of Eastern carpets and rugs saw virtually every lot sold, with the 45 lots totaling £3,410.   A Georgian mahogany drum table, the circular top with inset leather detail, made £1,250, while a pair of late 17th century or early 18th century walnut open armchairs with tapestry seats made £1,150.  An 18th century cricket/cheese table raised on three very simple supports, together with a further rustic cricket table and two very simple stools made £1,600.  A carved panelled oak settle, the box seat incorporating high quality carvings of birds and animals amongst foliage, and with a certain Arts & Crafts influence to it, realised £2,600.  A good early oak credence table, the D end top raised on four gun barrel supports, took £1,800.


At the time of writing, the auction rooms are now filling rapidly for the auction to be held just before Christmas, on the 19th & 20th December, and a full calendar of forthcoming sales for 2020 is soon to be available.


Lot 4  - Sold for £5,200

Lot 731 - Sold for £13,800

Lot 59 - Sold for £2,500

Lot 544 - Sold for £4,000

Lot 1000 - Sold for £2,700

Lot 508 - Sold for £2,600