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November 9th 20th Century Sale Report

9 November 2013

We had lots of interesting entries in our November 20th Century sale and were pleased to welcome a number of younger buyers to the sale rooms who seemed to show great interest in furniture and decoration for the modern home.

 

We had our usual interest from collectors and results indicated a generally good trade throughout. More than 500 lots were entered and we had 85% clearance. 

 

The sale commenced with our collection of toys, many of which exceeded the £100 mark; Lot 42, a Hornby Railways Stephenson's Rocket real steam train set, £260 and Lot 50, a collection of thirty 00 gauge coaches, wagons and other small items, £210.

 

In the books section, Lot 123, a book by A. A. Milne, Songs from Now we are Six, £240, and in the clocks section, Lot 128, a Jaeger LeCoultre skeleton mantel clock, £330.

 

Above: Lot 128, a Jaeger LeCoultre skeleton mantel clock, £330.

 

In the miscellaneous decorative metalwares, Lot 145, a bronze bust of Sir Winston Churchill, stamped Morris Singer Founders London, £820, and Lot 162, a French Art Deco mantle clock by M Le Ducq, £250.  We had a respectable entry of gentlemen's wrist watches, Lot 169, a gentleman's Rolex Oyster perpetual date adjust watch, £1,680, and Lot 174, a Tag Heuer gentleman's Carrera twin time automatic wrist watch, £600. 

 

Above Left: Lot 145, a bronze bust of Sir Winston Churchill, £820. Above Right: Lot 169, a gentleman's Rolex Oyster perpetual date adjust watch, £1,680.

 

Items of interest in the silver section included Lot 182, a set of four Sampson Mordan pheasant menu card holders, £290, and Lot 186, a silver hunting horn commemorating the Queen's Silver Jubilee, £290. Lot 188, a Stuart Devlin silver gilt novelty egg, £300, and Lot 190, A Georg Jensen kneeling deer brooch, £180, were in particular demand as expected.

 

 

Above: Lot 188, a Stuart Devlin silver gilt novelty egg, £300.

 

In the furnishings section we had two excellent results; Lot 224, an early 20c Louis Vuitton trunk, £4,700, and Lot 225, an early 20c Luis Vuitton library trunk, £2,500.

 

Scandinavian furniture is always in demand as seen by Lot 232, Hans Brattrud for Hove Mobler, a Scania lounge chair, which sold for £1,600, even in need of some restoration and Lot 234, a Charles Eames 670 lounge chair, which sold for £1,600. 

 

Above: Lot 234, a Charles Eames 670 lounge chair, £1,600. 

 

It's generally a difficult period for picture sales but lot 257, L.S. Lowry, after the original lady with a beard, stamped and signed by the artist, sold for £900 (which was a good result),  Lot 311, Charles Bronson, The Real Elephant Geezer, £310, Lot 331, Tony Smith, Out for the Day, £700, and Lot 339, David McClure, Flowers and Birds, £650, all sold at very respectable prices.

 

There was a substantial entry in the ceramic section including a special entry of Royal Winton Chintz of which almost all sold, but the prices were falling well short of those from five years ago. Some notable prices include, Lot 434, a pair of Royal Doulton Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy limited edition book ends, £180, Lot 446, a Capodimonte Bruno Merli figure of Winston Churchill, £210, Lot 492, a 1930's Royal Winton Chintz breakfast set, £200, Lot 537, a 1920's Wedgwood Daisy Makig-Jones dragon lustre bowl, £310, and to our surprise a very fine price for Lot 552, a Della Robbia bottle vase, £820.

 

All in all, another well attended and promising sale.

 

The next 20th Century, Decorative Arts, Collectables and Modern Design sale will be held on March 8th 2014. All entries and enquiries welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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