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January 25th 2013 - Fine Art Sale Report

25 January 2013


Our January Fine Art sale began with more than 100 book entries, many of which were of local interest and sold in the region of £200/£300. A book of local watercolours realised £450.


We had a limited entry of militaria but those entered sold well; Lot 100, an 18c stone bow with pommel sold for £450, and Lot 101, a Colt model 1849 percussion pocket revolver manufactured in 1856, sold for £780.


Above Left: Lot 100, 18c bow with pommel, £450. Above Right: Lot 101, Colt model 1849 pocket revolver, £780


Amongst the collectables, Lot 121, a 19c Oriental green stained soapstone figure of Quan Yin with an accompanying subject and dog, realised an impressive £1300 and Lot 127, a 19c bronze figure of a mermaid riding on a dolphin, sold for £450.


There were a number of entries in the Clocks section which all sold well; Lot 141, an early 19c English fusee dial clock signed Geo.Finlay, London, sold for £610, Lot 151, an early 19c small Regency bracket clock with single fusee movement, sold for £400 and Lot 155, a mid 19c English bracket clock by Matthews of Penrith realised £780.


Above Left: Lot 141, early 19c English fusee dial clock, £610. Above Right: Lot 151, early 19c small Regency bracket clock, £400

Longcase clocks struggled to regain momentum but Lot 163, a late 18c eight day longcase clock, sold for £780 and Lot 166, a late 18c eight day longcase clock signed John Smith, reached £900 which indicated some improvement in their trade.


There were some notable treen entries; Lot 191, a late Georgian mahogany apothecary's box of square form (requiring repair), sold for £370 and Lot 192, a 19c rosewood draughtsman's box, sold for £430.


Some of the smaller entries showed improvement in demand. Amongst the Objet d'Art there was a particularly fine entry, Lot 244, a late 18c French gentleman's coaching cane featuring an embossed gold handle and chased with oval figurative cameos betwixt scrollwork, leaf and flowers, which finished at the amazing figure of £6100!


Above: Lot 244, a late 18c French gentleman's coaching cane, £6,100

In the jewellery and metalware department the gold again met a very fast demand. Lot 269, a gold rope twist necklace, realised £1850, Lot 270, a gold and diamond memorium pendant, reached £820 and Lot 271, a gold linked bracelet with three enamel and diamond set memorium heart shaped charms, sold for £1,250.


In the silver section, Lot 288, a mid Victorian Scottish silver snuff mull box, sold for £820, Lot 293, a novelty table bell in the form of a tortoise, reached £850, and Lot 296, a Georgian silver lidded tankard with later 19c decoration ,sold for £1,450.


Above Left: Lot 288, mid Victorian Scottish silver snuff mull box, £820. Above Right: Lot 296, Georgian silver lidded tankard, £1,450.


A limited entry of ceramics made fair trade with Lot 315, a pair of early 20c Satsuma vases, realising £720 and Lot 323, an 18c lobed imari dish, which sold for £450.


In the European section, Lot 336, an unusual late 18c/early 19c pearlware jug of Ralph Wood type, realised £920 and Lot 339, an interesting and unusual 18c blue and white child's mug painted in bright blue, sold for £580. Lot 342, a part set of seven Russian Imperial porcelain soup plates made for the Tsar Alexander II and Tsar Alexander III as part of the royal banquet service, although with hairline cracks and damage, sold for £1450. The star sale of this section was Lot 358, a mid 19c KPM Berlin porcelain plaque signed and framed which realised £7200!


Above Left: Lot 336, an unusual late 18c/early 19c pearlware jug of Ralph Wood type, £920. Above Right: Lot 339, unusual 18c blue and white child's mug, £580.


In the tapestries section, Lot 369, a collection of four Oriental silkwork panels, sold for £1,100.


In the painting section, Lot 399, F.T. Widgery signed and framed, sold for £350 and Lot 407, a book of sketches recording the travels through India during the mid 19c and titled Bengal and Upper India, sold for £1250. If there is any improvement in the picture trade it is to be found in the oil paintings where most entries sold and the top price recorded was for Lot 422, an unsigned 17c painting on panel depicting three angels in prayer, which realised £3,700.


The demand for furniture showed the most improvement with many prices mirroring those of three and four years ago. This trend was backed up by over 90% of the entries selling. Lot 450, a late Georgian mahogany linen press, realised £1700, Lot 452, an early 19c rosewood breakfront standing bookcase with fitted shelves, sold for £1200, Lot 459, a mid Georgian style figured walnut enclosed cabinet, sold for £2000, Lot 466, an early 19c painted satinwood music stand, sold for £700, Lot 470, an Edwardian satinwood glazed standing display cabinet, sold for £880, and Lot 476, a mahogany circular tilt top pedestal breakfast table by Gillows of Lancaster, which realised £1,580.



Above: Lot 450, a late Georgian mahogany linen press, £1,700


It was nice to see ironwork returning with Lot 482, a Victorian Colbrookdale cast iron pedestal table, selling at £620. Also, the chairs received greater interest with Lot 497, a set of ten late Georgian mahogany dining chairs, selling at £1,150.


As a whole the sale received great interest and better results than anticipated. Let's hope this trend continues!


The next Fine Art Sale will be held on April 26th 2013. All entries and enquiries welcome.





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