January 2018 Sale Report



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 for auction.

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 January.

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 sales.

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.

The 20th 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.