‘Ark at These Results!
Despite the continual overcast and wet weather experienced by us all for the greater part of June, the saleroom once again filled up to present a good selection of effects across the board and the two-day sale was eagerly followed by both those attending the salerooms and those viewing online across the world.
Ceramics were led by a price of £880 paid for a pair of Minton aesthetic movement low vases, designed by the famous Victorian designer Dr Christopher Dresser. The silver section saw an almost total clearance, but it was the jewellery that was most hotly contested, led by a pair of 18ct white gold diamond stud earrings, two carats total approx., which against a pre-sale estimate of £1000 - £2000, realised £3,200. A further five stone diamond ring realised £820.
Amongst the vintage watches, a rare Omega Marine stainless-steel example c.1935, found in a box of general watches, made £1,200, whilst an Omega DeVille automatic 9ct gold watch realised £700.
Three well cast bronze busts of children, one dated 2001, made £880 and a 19th century German timber Noah’s Ark with a good selection of animals made £940. Three pairs of heavy floral brocade curtains sold for £840 and an early to mid-19th century Chinese silk vest realised £760.
A good and varied selection of pictures saw a 17th century continental school portrait realise £620 and a mid-19th century sketch book containing good quality illustrations of mushrooms, toadstools and shells, etc, realised £820. A good large collection of mixed CDs sold for £760.
Although the garden section was smaller than usual, virtually everything sold totalling £5300.
The best of the Persian carpets saw a carpet square with geometric floral patterns realise £1000 and another, not dissimilar, made £820. Amongst the furniture a large Victorian button back Chesterfield sofa made £980 and a pair of Victorian club chairs and a day bed, all upholstered in a mid-tan coloured leather, realised £1,200. A set of twelve (11+1) Regency sabre leg dining chairs made £1050 and a 19th century Italian floral marquetry centre table £1200.
The forthcoming sale on July 23rd and 24th is already looking good, particularly amongst the jewellery, picture and collectables sections.