June 2018 Sale Report

 

FANNING AROUND

There was a time when the auction trade would sail through the hot summer months, sales were smaller and sale prices lower, but not anymore. We were pleased to have put almost 1700 lots to auction with some impressive results in across the board.

Our star lot came in from a local collection of modest but saleable items. A Chinese Imperial ivory cockade brise fan, in a glazed mahogany case provoked considerable International pre-sale interest, with all five phone lines booked and a number of large commission bids on the book. The item came to us without reserve so the bidding opened at a mere £1000. It quickly rocketed to a cool £15,000 and sold to a delighted telephone bidder.

The keenest prices were to be found amongst the jewellery. Helped along by a single account from a lady just over the bridge in Wales. Her account amounted to a little over £15,000. A fine peacock brooch raised £720, a seed pear and gold bangle £760 and a string of amber beads £800. This bodes well for the fine jewellery sale we are having in September for which we a holding a fine private collection.

Horology continues to impress with a Reuge Music of Switzerland music box selling at £780, a Negretti & Zambra mahogany cased mercurial stick thermometer for £430, Victorian silver and shagreen boudoir clock by W Thornhill and Co of London for £340 and a 1970s Seiko Chronograph Automatic gentleman's wristwatch £380.

The best of the rest on day one was found in the picture department with a pair Alfred Pollentine (1836-1890) Venetian oils sailing away at £980 and a watercolour by W Herdman of an Everton street scene with the Old Everton Toffee shop reaching a sweet £640

Furniture proved to be very strong once again. A Chinese hardwood cabinet on three tiers caused the most dramatic moment with a keen room bidder taking the bidding from £200 up £1400 he was soundly beaten when an internet buyer came in at £1450. From the Orient to Stroud where a pale Cotswold oak dresser by Ralph Stevens of Chalford sold for £1150. A substantial 19th century country house room divider sold for £640 and a good quality Sheraton revival display cabinet for £520.

Coming up in July we a have a large collection of 20th century design furniture and lighting, with pieces by Hans Wegner, Verner Panton, Herbert Terry, Arkana, Ib Arberg… and many more.

For August we have just unearthced two trunks of silver, still wrapped in newspaper, one trunk the paper is dated 1934 the other 1945.

In September we have the private collection of fine jewellery.

A busy few months for us here at the saleroom, where of course we will be putting together our usual assortment of the weird and wonderful for your perusal.