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.
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.
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.