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October 27th 2012 20th Century Sale Report

27 October 2012

Our October 20th Century sale followed the success of our September Fine Art sale with more record prices recorded. We received a large number of enquiries presale and were pleased to see great attendance on sale day.


There was certainly a hint of magic in there with Lot 20, seven books by C S Lewis including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which realised a staggering £17,000.



Above: Lot 20, a collection of books by C. S. Lewis.


We then moved on to our toys section: Lot 121, eleven Corgi toys die cast scale models, £300, Lot 139, an early 20centruy German toy oven, operative £200 and Lot 159, six Pelham puppets in original boxes including a standard puppet Dixie, Dodo, Poodle, Queen and Mephistophen £1000 


The entry of military medals and uniform all cleared: Lot 171, a collection of Hussar full uniform dress items including a full dress cross belt with silver accruements, a silver cross belt pouch, a full dress cross belt pouch, a full dress ADC belt and a full dress sword slings and knot, £700 and Lot 172, a Hussar's officers mameluke sword with a curved scimitar blade, 32 inch with etched decoration, £400.



Above Left: Lot 171, collection of Hussar full uniform dress items, £700. Above Right: Lot 172, a Hussar's officers mameluke sword, £400.


The metalware and collectables met good demand: Lot 192, an early 20c bronze car mascot in the form of a young girl with large bow in her hair, stamped to reverse 'Arys,' £290, Lot 195, an Albin Muller designed Eduard Hueck Art Nouveau pewter wine jug with stylised floral decoration £270, Lot 197, a Kim Brooks sculpture of a cheetah, bronze on wooden plinth £3100 and Lot 223, a Scottish secessionist Arts and Crafts mantel clock in copper case with pewter dial and decoration, circa 1900, £550



Above: Lot 197, a Kim Brooks sculpture of a cheetah, £3100.


Amongst the silver a notable price was achieved for Lot 252, a Sarah Jones, silver talking tree goblet engraved to base which reached £520.


In the furniture section there was an interesting entry although no expensive outstanding items: Lot 285, an early 20century Louis Vuitton travel trunk with original lining, £700, Lot 287, an Arco floor lamp by Castiglioni with metal column and white veined marble base, £390 and Lot 297, a Hans Wegner J16 rocking chair by Frederica, with spindle back and frame, black painted and with rattan seat, £520.


The pictures and prints: Lot 304, Andy Warhol print, Marilyn Monroe, £400, Lot 311, Michael Rothenstein, a framed cockerel, £400 and Lot 312, Eric Kennington, portrait of T E Lawrence, signed on the reverse by the artist, £480.



Above: Lot 304, Andy Warhol print, £400.


The varied entries of glass and ceramics met good demand with the paperweights attracting a lot of demand. Lot 447, a Lalique moulded and frosted shell vase, £260 and Lot 448, a pair of Lalique nude dancing figures Danseuse Bras Leves, signed Lalique R France, £270.



Above Left: Lot 447, a Lalique frosted shell vase, £260. Above Right: Lot 448, pair of Lalique nude dancing figures, signed Lalique, £270.


Amongst a wide variety of European ceramics the old favourite factories held up well: Lot 498, a mid 19th century Baccarat faceted snake weight clear glass set with a large green and pink mottled reptile with red eyes and nostrils lying in a coiled position no an upset muslin ground, £900 and Lot 516, a large quantity og Royal Crown Derby Imari pattern teawares, £390.


The pottery was well represented by Moorcroft: Lot 537, a Moorcroft pomegranate designed vase of baluster form with flared pewter rim, £230, Lot 538, a Moorcroft Wisteria design vase of baluster form, £410 and Lot 542, a pair of 1920s Moorcroft Pomegranate design vases of squat baluster form, £300. Lot 545 reached an exceptional price, a Moorcroft moonlit blue landscape vase of baluster form, circa 1925, impressed and signed to base, £2,600.



Above: a Moorcroft moonlit blue landscape vase, circa 1925, impressed and signed to base, £2,600.


In all categories of sales the buyers are looking for the very best and when they become available through our salerooms the prices achieved are well representative of this fact.





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