This sale was not only the largest of the year, but also the most varied, and produced a number of excellent results with high internet participation from all over the country, Europe and well beyond. Buyers were particularly active from Germany and remarkably Malta too.
Several clearances provided the back bone of the sale, for instance, a fascinating collection of stereoscopic viewers, cards, cameras, some cards dating from the 1850s, covering diverse subjects such as landscapes, sculpture and fly fishing. The viewers,were mainly in walnut and generally in good condition. The highest price paid for any individual collection of cards was £4,000, and the collection realised £9,780 overall, with lots going to a large variety of buyers.
From a number of sources had been gathered a collection of early lighting, oil, electric and gas, (the latter having been removed from a Bristol property, this being the only means of illumination in the house at the time of the clearance). A number of pieces were by the renowned maker W. A. S Benson, who produced high quality and beautifully designed pieces in copper, brass and glass, in the era where electricity was beginning to supersede gas. These pieces are highly sought after by collectors, and prices of £1,700, £1,200, £1,000 and similar were paid for individual items. The collection included individual glass shades, wicks and spares, as well as functioning pieces, and totalled £14,295.
Amongst the furniture, the best Georgian bureau seen in these rooms for some time, attracted considerable interest. They are often the most difficult of pieces to sell from this era, however, this example had everything going for it, being early tomid 18th century, with very good walnut veneers, handsome interior and in very good condition and against an estimate of £800 to £1,000, sold for £1,850.
A very pretty Pembroke table with satinwood finish also sold well beyond expectation at £1,250, while a huge 20th century oak refectory table in the 17th century style, 3 ½ metres in length, sold well at £1,800. A more traditional Victorian mahogany extending dining table, 3 metres in length, sold for £1,250. In general all furniture prices seemed to be slightly on the rise across the board.
Amongst the ceramics, a set of four Chelsea dessert dishes sold at £800, a collection of 19th century Chinese blue and white exportware made £600, and a single 19th century blue and white meat plate showing Monks Rock at Tenby made £560.
The silver and jewellery section of some 150 lots saw a virtual sell out, with prices consistently higher than estimates.
Amongst the clocks, the highest price was taken for a small 18th century bracket clock by Able Panchaud. A simple time piece set in a walnut case, it was much admired and sold for £4,400.
The forthcoming sale, the last of the year, will be held on the 29th and 30th December, enabling many who are generally at work to attend the sale. Very few auctions are conducted during this period, so the internet drive towards the sale is very high, resulting in some very unexpected and unpredictable prices. Entries close (unless already full) on December 9th. The 2017 auction calendar is now on the company website.
Furniture prices seemed to be on the rise and a near total clear out of the five hundred or so lots was achieved.
The two concluding sales of the year are to be held on the 22nd and 23rd November and will include two interesting deceased estates from the Bristol area and an exceptional collection of late oil/early electric/gas lighting by the acclaimed maker Benson. All entries to be received by November 4th.The field will then be clear for the now famous Christmas sale, to be held on the 29th and 30th December. With most of the country on holiday and virtually no other sales to be found anywhere in the land, a high turn out of eager buyers often results in exceptional prices paid for items entered into that auction. Entries close for this sale by December 9th.