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Fine Art & 20th Century Decorative Arts Sale Results 11th March 2016
11 March 2016
With a good entry of items in all categories, our first specialist auction of the year revealed positive signs that demand and trade is improving in all departments.
Some noteworthy results include:
Toys - The Dinky's sold, in most cases, above estimate. Lot 55, a Marchesini Cromato Auto Spyder America two door Ford convertible in its original box, sold for £450. In the ephemera, Lot 66, a late Victorian scrap album of newspaper cuttings from various newspapers attracted a great deal of interest resulting in £2,200.
In the arms and armour, lot 79, a 25 bore Queen Anne style flintlock cannon barrelled holster pistol by W Collear which was in excellent condition, sold for £1080.
Lot 93 in the Taxidermy section, a Van Ingen panther/ leopard skin rug realised £1,400.
In the clocks, lot 103, the 19c lantern clock sold well above estimate at £680.
In the small collectables, Lot 125, an Edwardian horse measure walking stick sold for £270.
In the instruments, Lot 128, an early 20c barograph by Ross of Londonin excellent condition sold for £520.
In the decorative metal ware, Lot 145, a Lawrence Broderick patinated bronze otter sold for £80, Lot 156, a Japanese Meiji period bronze figure group of a bull being attacked by two lions realised £900 and, as expected, Lot 165, an Art Deco Pierre Le Faguays 1892 - 1935 carved ivory and bronze figure resulted in a fine price of £4,500 - one of the stars of the auction!
In the Precious Metals and Jewellery, Lot 238, a silver half hunter pocket watch sold for £410, Lot 249, an 18ct gold millenium baguette cut diamond solitaire ring sold for £980 and in Silver, Lot 292, a table decoration in the form of a partridge sold for £900.
In the glass section, Lot 322, a 19c Bohemian claret jug and two goblets realised £1,600, Lot 329, a Lalique bagatelle vase realised £410 and Lot 333, a French Daum Love Orchid vase sold for £750.
In the ceramics, Lot 372, a mid 18c English Delft wet drug jar, £460, Lot 389, a Royal Worcester James Stinton pot pourri, £510 and Lot 393, a 1930's Art Deco Clarice Cliff Fantasque two handled Isis vase, £1,200. As expected we had a lot of continental interest in Lot 395, Samuel Schellink for Amphora Holland, an Art Nouveau eggshell porcelain vase, which sold for £1050 and also Lot 399, an Art Nouveau Rookwood landscape vase which sold for £500.
The overall demand for pictures and prints showed a distinct improvement. Lot 425, Zao Wou-Ki, an untitled print, £1,200, Lot 433, a poster print 'Walkers. For a good start use the motor-bus' £320, Lot 456, Myles Birket Foster 1825-1899 The Grand Canal, Venice, £320, Lot 465, Frederick William Scarbrough 1860-1939, £880, Lot 491, Klaes Molenaer, Haarlem 1630/1676 a winter scene, realised £2,700 despite major restoration being required. Also requiring restoration, Lot 504, William Anslow Thornbery 1858/1898 a pair, sail and steam vessels in harbour settings, £820. A mystery paiting, Lot 508, unsigned, Italian school, the wet nurse, realised £1,200. And Lot 505, Alfred Augustus Glendening 1900 a rural setting, of local interest, reached £1,600.
There was a sharp improvement in the demand for furniture. Lot 524, £1450. Lot 530, £650. Lot 558, in need of restoration, £580. And lot 561, £750. A pretty piece of furniture, Lot 572, again requiring reupholstery, £620. And Lot 581, an impressive piece, sold for £1,450.
Amongst the 20th century entries, Lot 583, an Arthur Simpson for Kendall oak wardrobe sold for £2,400 and Lot 584, a Robert Heritage rosewood sideboard, £1,400.
The results of this sale were most encouraging.