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February 23rd 2013 - 20th Century Sale Report

23 February 2013

We had a lot of pre-sale interest in particular items entered into our 20th Century Sale so we knew that these items would sell very well on the day.


The sale began with approximately 100 entries in the toy section. The star sale in this section proved to be Lot 38 which featured a Meccano Dinky Toys die cast Pickfords Removals and Storage van, a Meccano Ltd Liverpool Dinky Tolys flatbed lorry and two LMS Express Parcels and Cartage Service Vans. The Pickford's Removals van held the value and the lot sold for £1500.


A one-off entry of early 20c letters aroused lot of interest with many selling in the £200/300 bracket; Lot 108, a letter from, and signed in ink, Winston S Churchill and James of Hereford, sold for £380 and Lot 117, a letter from Ernest Chackleton to Mr Bland, typed and dated 9th October 1907, sold for £580. 


Above Left: Lot 108, a letter from, and signed in ink, Winston S Churchill and James of Hereford, £380. Above Right: Lot 117, a letter from Ernest Chackleton to Mr Bland, £580.



There was interest and demand in unusual and different collectables; Lot 141, a French papier mache growling bulldog with glass eye, sold for £750, Lot 145, a Jaeger Le Coutre Atmos gilt metal four window clock, sold for £420, Lot 152, an Art Nourveau WMF pewter table mirror, realised £750 and Lot 171, a Royal Navy's Rum, two original wicker clad galleon flagons,  sold for £1200!


We had a limited entry of silver but Lot 183, a silver post box money box, sold for £280 and Lot188, a 1920s Asprey silver dressing table set, sold for £190. These two lots were part of a 100 per cent clearance of entries in this section.


In the furniture section, Lot 200, a Nipu Super Top rosewood side cabinet, sold for £380, Lot 219, a 1970s teak sideboard, reached £400, Lot 220, a Hans Olsen for Frem Rojle teak dining table and chairs, sold for £400 and the section closed with Lot 232, a set of six Hugh Range armchairs designed by Robert Heritage, sold for £820.  It is nice to see the utility furniture of the 1960/70's selling well.


Above: Lot 200, a Nipu Super Top Rosewood Side Cabinet, £380.


In the picture section the best prices were recorded in the prints; Lot 251, signed L.S. Lowry The Boating Lake, sold for £480 and Lot 252, signed L.S.Lowry, figures on a pavement in a town setting, sold for £420. Lot 318, a one-off David Bromley painted cube, realised £650. It was interesting to see a fair entry of modern landscape artists on offer, all of which were selling including Lot 35, an oil on canvas signed Michel Dureuil, which sold for £450. 


The ceramics section started off well with lot 404, an early 1900s Dresden Vienna style small tankard with hinged cover and painted panels, realised £620 which was well above estimate, and Lot 425, a Samson Hancock and Sons Morrisware vase designed by George Cartlidge, sold for £320 and Lot 426, a pair of Burmantofts faience vases of baluster form, reached £400.  A somewhat rare entry, Lot 450 , a Doulton Lambeth spirit decanter, sold for £700 and it was encouraging to see Lot 456, 23 Beswick and Royal Albert Beatrice Potter figures, sold for £500.  This section and the sale closed with Moorcroft and other pottery selling at estimate.


Above: Lot 404,an early 1900s Dresden Vienna style small tankard with hinged cover, £620.


This was an interesting sale which clearly indicated the demand for the slightly different and unusual items.


The next 20th Century, Decorative Arts, Collectables and Modern Design sale will be held on June 22nd 2013. All entries and enquiries welcome.





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