SAVING THE BEST UNTIL LAST
Almost without doubt, this was the largest sale
to be held in the country over the Christmas and New Year period.
It broke many records including the highest number of online
bidders registering at the saleroom - some 1,380 individuals
registered to take part online and placed commission bids worth
£156,000 before the sale began. These bids then competed with
those attending in the room, bids left on the auctioneers book and
telephone bids, resulting in around a 90% selling figure of the
near 1,800 lots on offer. Some sixty percent of all lots sold
were purchased online and all departments saw vigorous bidding,
the jewellery section in particular. A three stone diamond ring,
the central stone approx. 2.65 ct, flanked by two further diamonds
totaling almost a carat, attracted strong trade interest in
competition with a local private buyer well known to these rooms.
The latter won the ring at £14,500 and virtually every other piece
of jewellery was sold. There was a sell out too amongst the
silver section, where a rare pair of Georgian silver entrée
dishes, probably by John Robins and dated London 1805, weighing in
at around 100 oz, sold at £1,800. With both silver and gold
prices rising around the Christmas period, all precious metals
were eagerly contested resulting in a very few unsold lots.
These rooms have become well known for the sale
of Eastern carpets and rugs. Displaying well over the balcony,
they attract strong interest. The best lot, a pair of Persian
silk rugs sold at £2,400 and a single similar example realized
Amongst the paintings, an oil by Herbert Royle,
of a woodland scene with sheep made £1,550.
Day Two of the sale again saw a large company
in attendance and the first surprise of the day witnessed a white
marble panel showing the Holy Lamb, estimated at £40-£60, sell for
£3,200. A good 18th century walnut longcase clock with
thirty hour movement by W Speakman of London realized £2,300, a
fine inlaid Edwardian mahogany bedroom suite sold for £1,050, a
good George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers made £1,800.
Results for more unusual lots included £1,300
for a 19th century ivory chess set, £460 for a White
Star Line deck blanket, £500 for an uncut rough amber block, £540
for a pair of pottery dishes by the St Ives potter Bernard Leach,
a Paragon china tea set at £900, a 15ct gold Albert watch chain at
£740, a small 19th century coffer with medieval style
at £780, burr walnut pedestal desk at £800, an 18th
century red walnut corner chair at £1,500 and an Irish oak
sarcophagus shaped wine cooler by Williams & Gibton at £880.
The calendar of sales for 2018 is now posted on
the web site and a large number of entries are already to hand
for the January auction.