Clarks close 2017 with their fifth consecutive record breaking Christmas sale, eclipsing this summer's huge FlogIt! sale. Our auctioneer Paul Clark was delighted with the marathon sale on Monday saying "My fantastic & dynamic team worked very hard & it was a deserved success for them too as well as gaining some great results for our loyal vendors" adding "The growth of our saleroom in just under six years has been remarkable".
The sale started at 11am & went straight through to 730pm with many buyers bravely remaining in the room for the duration of the 1142 entries. The bids came from all corners of the world as strong local buyers went head to head with the world's dealers & collectors. A great North Cornwall model of a pub proved a smash with bidders when making £680, more than double its hammer price when originally purchased from a London specialist model sale a few years ago. A 20thC. Chinese silk coat saw bids of £720 while a small Chinese porcelain dish, despite considerable damage, managed bids of £240. English porcelain found the mark too when a pair of Wedgwood porcelain cups secured bids of £520.
Furniture was hitting the mark too. A mahogany breakfast table with a rosewood veneer & fine brass feet netted £250 & a 17thC. carved coffer £300 despite a few issues. A 17thC. drop leaf table saw interest at £420 & a pair of modern but stylish Chesterfield chairs made £540. A pair of 21stC. leather Amsterdam chairs also saw a great price when netting £440 at the hammer proving nowadays it really is as much about "the look" with a modern Persian style carpet also netting £400.
A 1950's motorist's travelling bar astounded its vendor when making £500 at the hammer. The stylish, good quality kit comprised numerous silver plated items including four flasks & eight shots as well of course the cocktail shaker.
Jewellery is always a hot spot at the Liskeard saleroom & Monday saw no exception. A diamond & emerald ring made £2000 on the net whilst a solitaire ring of good colour but modest clarity still made £2000 at the hammer. An unusual ruby with with diamond crown made £700 & a small set of amber beads £540. A Le Roy watch made £580 despite chronic faults & a gents Tudor Rolex had interest at £440, again with faults. A gold & amethyst bangle did very well at £780 & a beautiful sapphire brooch made £300. The large collection of silver did very well with a pair of silver candlesticks, despite having no sconces, making £680 via the internet. A Victorian teapot made £440 & a good ivory & silver service £740 as the 190 silver lots made well over £30000 at the hammer including a silver toast rack at £130.
Entries are now sought for our New Years Day Collectors sale with live internet bidding. If you have items you would like to enter call 01579-349960 or 07756070198.