January 2016 Sale Report




What a start to the New Year! -  a large, interesting, varied and heavily fought over auction, which turned out to be one of the most successful sales ever held at the Tabernacle Room.

January auctions tend to be rarer on the ground, stock is in short supply so consequently attention is focused on those that are able to produce the goods and this sale did just that.  With the largest number of internet subscribers registering to date, as well as a large company of buyers in attendance throughout the two day sale, the saleroom was the focus of a very high number of bids throughout the two day sale.

A good collection of Copenhagen porcelain figures in the form of animals, fauns and other whimsical creatures from two sources, constantly outstripped pre-sale estimates to sell for a total of £3,995.  Two lots of Royal Albert ‘Old Country Rose’ pattern tea and dinnerware sold for £620, and a good quality mid 19th century tea set, probably Coalport, with floral spray detail made £700.

A small collection of eight Georgian and Victorian sovereigns totalled £2,140, while an onyx and gold mounted manicure set realised £900.  A fine Cantonese ivory card case made £550, and a Coutts cheque signed by Charles Dickens made £420.  Carriage clocks found ready buyers, the best by Drocourt with engraved case work sold at £950, with others realised £620, £450.  An 18th century table clock, in an ebonised case found in several pieces, made £1,700.  The best of the vintage cameras, a Leica M3 dating from 1957, made £640, while a white marble bust of Lady Louisa Cavendish made £620.

A good collection of sporting paintings and prints saw four late 18th century engravings after George Stubbs showing racehorses make £2,600 and two watercolours by Basil Nightingale £900.  An oil of the race horse ‘Wildflower’ by H F Lucas made £700, and a watercolour and gouache by Lionel Edwards of a fox fleeing from the hunt and surrounded by crows made £1,200.  Three small oil paintings of marine scenes by the sought-after artist Adolphus Knell totalled £1,900, and an oil by J Whitton – ‘End of an Autumn Day’ made £1,000.  An interesting collection of 18th and 19th century engravings of equestrian subjects after George Stubbs and others made £1,500.  A collection of postcards offered in eighteen lots totalled £1,950.

The second day’s sale saw the introduction of internet participation for the first time and included an 18th century walnut longcase clock by Hannell of London at £3,700, while others realised £950, £850, etc.  A fine quality original and understated oak stool made £1,300 and a Regency table with oval top on turned pillar and tripod achieved £1,500.

The Auctioneers next sale is to be held on February 23rd & 24th and the rooms will as usual, be full to capacity with the diverse range with which these rooms are becoming increasingly well known.