May 2019 Sale Report



Some 1,800 lots were consigned for sale over a brief seven day working period, then arranged, fully catalogued, photographed, advertised and sold for some two hundred and fifty clients.  Each day of the two day’s sale consisted of some nine hundred lots, with auctioneers working on the rostrum for around nine hours each day and the back-office staff for somewhat longer.  A strong attendance bolstered by half term and with 968 registered as online bidders, the results were strong, and a high clearance rate was achieved throughout the two-day sale.  Dickinson’s Real Deal television programme was filming contestants as well, as part of the Tuesday’s sale, with the programme to be aired at some point in the new year.

There were almost two hundred lots of garden and outside effects to be sold, principally weathered ornaments, staddlestones, troughs and other decorative items, consigned from local properties as part of clearances, etc.  Virtually everything was sold in this department and grossed around £16,360.

Amongst the furniture a Regency mahogany hall bench/settle with panelled seat and back one and a half metres in length, did far better than expected, selling at £3,200.  A pair of mid-19th century button back drawing room chairs in the Howard style, with turned forelegs and in a red velvet upholstery sold at £1,050, an early 19th century mahogany campaign dining table raised on eight detachable supports and separating into several pieces for easy transportation to military encampments, sold at £2,800.  A late 19th century satinwood freestanding corner cupboard with pronounced serpentine outline made £980, and an early Georgian walnut centre table of rectangular form and raised on four pad feet £1,450.

Both the jewellery and the silver sections saw an almost total clearance, with silver totalling £6,830 and jewellery totalling £10,140.  A Russian named mahogany stick barometer made £980 and a Waterloo medal, named to Thomas Cullimore of the 51st Foot Regiment, made £740.  An unusual lot being the mechanical remains of a late 19th century model paddle steamer, with vertical twin piston steam engine, boiler and prop shaft together with a propeller, but lacking all other components such as hull, decking, etc, made £1,150.

Two good Edwardian alabaster ceiling shades, larger than usual at around 55cm in diameter and in good order, sold for a total of £1,260.  Amongst the pictures, an oil painting attributed to Charles Dukes of a mother and child gathering water at a well made £740, a good watercolour of red legged partridges in flight by John Cyril Harrison made £1,300, and a watercolour by Archibald Thorburn, portrait of the artist’s setter dog, Doll, realised £1,550.

All other sections received respectable prices throughout.  The next sale will be held towards the end of June on 25/26th and will include the usual large variety of lots for which these rooms have become renowned.


Regency mahogany
hall bench
Sold for £3,200

Antique coiled snake
ring set with a pear cut
Sold for £580

Late 19th century model
paddle steamer engine
Sold for £1,150

Archibald Thorburn,
portrait of setter dog
Sold for £1,550