November 2017 Sale Report



After a visit from a Salvage Hunters executive in October, our November sale was graced by television personality and king Salvage Hunter, Drew Pritchard. The Salvage Hunter team joined us on our Monday view and again for our Wednesday furniture sale. Keep your eyes peeled for what will be the first show in the new series, to be shown early 2018. Despite the presence of lights and cameras it didn’t deter some keen bids and blockbuster prices.

The front of the catalogue featured our star lot, a Vulliamy of London bracket clock in very well preserved, original condition, with a single fusee movement and flame mahogany case. To many, a plain mantle clock, but to any horologist it had the most sublime proportions. With an estimate of £5000-6000 we were hoping for a battle, and that we got. Four phone lines booked and a packed saleroom saw the gavel go down at a price well over top estimate. The Vulliamy was one of a number of fine clocks to go through our November sale.  Auctioneers Philip Taubenheim and John Rolfe both have a keen eye for horology and John used the November sale as a platform for better clocks. The small section totalled over £15,000 with delighted buyers and sellers.

Our Tuesday sale also saw strong sales in jewellery, our golden girls Ellie Fry and Sue Turner put together quite a collection, with an 18ct turquoise, diamond and pearl brooch realising £1800, an Australian portrait brooch £1050 and diamond cocktail ring £1500.

Our Wednesday sale had a splattering of very fine furniture. With three phone lines booked, the School Room had a certain excited tension for a pair of 18th century Gainsborough chairs. It was left to a strong room bidder, and a telephone interest to fight it out. The price climbed, the increments slashed, heads simultaneously nodding and shaking and nodding again BANG £4200.

The School Room also saw the sweetest Georgian dwarf linen press take on bids from all angles to land on £1950, a 19th century partners desk go at £1450, a Regency mahogany sofa table £980, two traditional six seater sofas £1680, a small Georgian secretaire chest £1050, an 18th century credence table £1200, a pair of walnut framed pier glasses £840… the list goes on. It was a pleasure to see London quality pieces making London prices.

Over the road, it was more about what we had outside the saleroom rather than inside, with a seriously strong section of garden antiques and outside effects. Without doubt the best price was for a pair of ‘Hushing Boy’ lead urns that saw two strong room bidders take the price from £1000 up to £5200.  A Coalbrookdale Lily of the valley bench made £2300 and it took no Herculean effort to get a limestone figure of Hercules away at £1150.

Now, we as an industry are often reminded or offended by the phrase ‘Brown furniture’ and as a proud traditional saleroom we have always preferred the term ‘Quality furniture’ and we’ve championed good honest antiques and effects. Our November furniture sale was a nod to quality antique pieces and the industry that we cherish.

Whilst you will be scoffing turkey sandwiches and quaffing port, we are frantically putting together our December sale. We hope to see familiar friendly faces for a mulled wine and mince pie at our now infamous Christmas sale.