A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
January always proves
to be one of the more challenging months to configure. The
weather is still bitterly cold, Christmas has again proved to have
been more expensive than ever and strict resolutions have been
made and broken… So, we were pleased to offer a modest 1400 lots
Much optimism was
gathered from the number of bodies that descended on the saleroom
on our Monday view day, yet again the car park was fit to burst.
This combined with almost 1000 bidders registered on the-saleroom.com
had us believing that perhaps it wasn't going to be such a dry
As per usual the
ceramics set the tone for the sale, with two good private
collections boosting strong results. The first, a large and near
mint collection of Raymond Briggs' 'The Snowman' porcelain
figurines, carefully split into numerous lots realised £2110. The
other, a collection of early Worcester porcelain, managed £2245.
Another strong Silver
and Jewellery section was complimented by a single vendor
collection of gold sovereigns and other coins, many selling over
the base weight price and totaling over £7000.
High sale percentages
continued amongst the cabinets, miscellaneous and particularly
with our rugs and carpets. Our balcony gives us the opportunity
to show our rugs and carpets off to their full potential and this
is certainly being reflected in the prices being realised at
auction with an almost 100% sale rate in the December and January
Day one ended on a
high with six hand coloured geological maps of England & Wales, by
G B Greenough eclipsing a modest estimate of £300-500 by achieving
£2900 to a telephone bidder.
The positive bidding
continued into day two. Before we entered the saleroom, two cast
iron stags in our porch were hotly contested and sold to a
commission bidder for £1700. Soon after, a modern oak dining
table of good size and quality took bids from the room and
internet, finally selling to a telephone bidder at £900.
Century design section had another good display, with top prices
reached for Ercol, McIntosh and Danish design, the star lot being
a rather vibrant ‘Peel’ chair by the Norwegian firm Stokke,
selling in the room £720.
The quality furniture
in our school room continues to perform incredibly well in
supposedly tough market conditions. A Queen Anne cabinet-on-chest
had lots of interest and after a raft of bids sold online for
£3200, a set of eight Hepplewhite chairs sold on the book against
room interest for £1600, a quality bedroom suite very much in the
Sheraton manner £1200…
So, instead of the
usual slow start to the year we had our best January sale total to
date. Knowingly lined up for our February sale good Clocks,
Jewellery, Rugs, Furniture & 20th Century Design.