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September Fine Art Sale Report

1 September 2017

Our September Fine Art and 20th Decorative Arts Sale saw demand in all categories for items of quality and interest, which resulted in firm trade throughout the day. Some categories were a little short in entries, but those being offered sold well.

In the toy section, lot 4, a Gunthermann clockwork tinplate model of Captain Campbell's 'Bluebird' land speed car, realised £700, and the contents of a box of early 20th century Chinese Missionaries teaching books and folios (which the vendor had almost discarded) totalled almost £2,000!

The clock trade was steady with no entries to set the world alight -  a mid-20th century novelty mantel clock by Thwaites and Reed (lot 31) realised £320.

19th century bronzes sold well with lot 47, a pair of 19c patinated bronze campanya two handled urns, reaching £420 and lot 45, a pair of bronzed oval plaques, realising £850.

In the silver and objects d'art, the trade was firm throughout, resulting in some good prices. Lot 95, an early 19c Indian stag antler work box, £540, lot 101, a mid-Victorian red boullework letter box, £480, and at the top, lot 102, a mid-Victorian coromandel writing box, £1,120.  These sales clearly indicated that quality is wanted. 

There was a fair entry of gold and silver; in the gold section, a 9ct cigarette case realised £1,400, lot 154, an 18ct white gold and diamond cluster ring, £1,220, lot 155, an Edwardian 15ct yellow gold necklace, £1,050 and lot 156, a platinum and diamond solitaire ring, £1,050. This resulted in the private purchasers being very pleased.

In the silver, there were some good prices. Lot 177, a late 19c/ early20c Austro-Hungarian silver and enamel ink well, £360, Lot 190, five 19c Irish sterling silver teaspoons, £250, lot 214, a George II silver ladle, £240, lot 218, a late Victorian water jug, £460, lot 224, an Edward VII silver oval tea tray, £540, lot 226, a silver circular salver, £850, lot 228, a set of four late Victorian silver candlesticks, £650, lot 235, a collection of early 19c Irish silver Fiddle pattern cutlery, £700, lot 232, a collection of early Victorian Kings pattern cutlery, £520.  Although we had a good entry, more could have been cleared at top prices.

A surprise in the short entry of glassware presented itself when lot 247 was eventually agreed to be a piece of early 18th century Northern India glass and realised £3,100!

In the ceramics, the Oriental entries met with fair demand - lot 273, a 19c Chinese famille rose jardinière and stand, £420 and lot 274, a 19c Chinese coral ground famille rose ginger jar with lid, £380.

In the European, we had a good result even though many pieces were damaged - lot 278, a late 18c Chamberlains Worcester dinner service, £600. In the 20th Century, lot 289, an early 20c Royal Worcester blush ivory floral decorated coffee service, £720, and lot 290, an early 20c Royal Worcester hand painted 'Hadley Rose' coffee service, £320.

Amongst a good entry of pictures (there were many in the £400-£500) we had a surprise when lot 318 realised £8,000 showing that if an entry is of high quality and by a good artist, Tring can get the prices.

In past sales, recently we have viewed the prospect of difficult furniture sales, but there was a good attendance of buyers in this sale all looking for something a bit different, resulting in some fair prices throughout.  Lot 397, a late 19c/ early 20c Liberty & Co six-piece mahogany bedroom suite, £2,100, lot 409, a 19c late Georgian style mahogany serpentine chest, £520, lot 416, a pair of late Georgian rosewood fold over swivel top tea/games tables, £1250, lot 417, a late 19c French rosewood and harewood glazed standing side cabinet, £920, lot 418, an 18c figured walnut veneered kneehole desk, £1,100 and in 20th Century lot 469, a Paul Kingma design coloured slate stone and brass low table, £950.

It is quite obvious that the trade is there for the very best and most interesting entries in all categories and in this respect, we are only too pleased to advise free of charge if you are considering selling such items. 







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