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Dragon breathes fire at hot early Spring sale

Yet another strong sale for Clarks at their Heathlands Road saleroom, located near the centre of Liskeard. A framed 19thC. Chinese silk, probably originally from a robe, saw tremendous worldwide interest prior sale before being won by a private collector in the UK at £4900 after a protracted phone bid battle. An early Chinese white vase made £640 despite minor faults whilst Chinese libation cups secured bids of upto £200 each, again despite faults. Other antiquated entries saw great prices achieved with a 19thC. Fijian sali club making £660 whilst an Oceanic necklace made £440.

The sale saw some good art entries. An 18thC. oil on canvas of a young debutante holding a memorial pendant saw bids of £2600 while a small oil on panel of a young black male surprised some with bids of £1250 at the hammer. A William Turner still life did double its estimate at £500 while a small Edward Lucas oil very recently bought for just £5 from a well known Plymouth saleroom, made £560 at the hammer. Twentieth century art had its followers too. A Charles Wyatt oil on panel of cottage in mountainous landscape made £1150 while Fred Yates popularity showed no sign of waning with an early oil on panel, possibly of Polperro, making £1950. Yates had originally used the painting to settle a debt for an electric bill paid for by one of his fellow art students. An unusual entry among the paintings included an oil by Anthony Eden’s wife, Clarissa. The painting was originally gifted to Arthur “Bomber” Harris & was submitted by his great niece & this secured bids of £200. Other pictures of military connection saw interest with a pencil sketch of Nelson making £440 & two miniatures depicting the daughters of Sir. Richard Pearson, a naval captain famous for his reverse against John Paul Jones, securing £860 & £920 respectively. 

Objects also saw some good results. A caged bird automaton saw a phone bidder run down a hefty commission bid at £1100 & Hardy fishing reel “The Perfect 3 5/8in” saw £200 at the hammer. Textiles can be popular & a paisley shawl, despite faults, made £350 with a small quantity of Victorian clothing & linen making £230. A Royal Worcester vase by John Stinton made £370 despite faults & a Baccarat paperweight, despite small chips, still achieved £800.

Jewellery saw some fabulous entries, none more so than a 19thC. carved hardstone brooch set with diamonds which saw a room bidder defeat online interest at £2700. A “gypsy” style ring set with a large diamond, albeit with many inclusions, found a buyer at £8000 & a diamond & sapphire trilogy ring saw determined interest when making £2200. A bangle set with small diamonds & emeralds made £560 while a gold plated Dunhill lighter made £110. A gents Lemania wrist watch found a new home at £600 & a Seiko divers watch made £820 for a collector. 

Many silver prices excelled expectations with a pleasing French G. Falkenberg silver framed mirror with original case made £460, a silver goblet given to Julia Stone making £290 & an Asprey silver plated cocktail shaker securing £380 at the hammer. Entries invited for our forthcoming sales.