Clarks’ end of Spring sale is dominated by the furnishing contents from Trematon Hall near Saltash, much of which faces the open market for the first time. An 18thC. livery cupboard asks £300-400 whilst a small unmolested 18thC. oak side table in its original state should make £100-200. A 17thC. coffer goes in at £100-200 while an attractive rosewood William IV scroll end sofa is also not expensive at £100-200. An 18thC. oak cupboard again is there to go at just £100-200 while a large later brass light fitting from same place asks £200-300.
Other furnishings enter the fray too, none more important than two pieces of Jens Quistgaard Danish furniture from a Helford clearance. Quistgaard is widely regarded as being the best of the Danish designers of that era & his furniture is massively sought after. A “Safari” chair made from oak & steel with its original suede upholstery asks a mere £300-500 whilst a similar cocktail or coffee table really is there to go at just £600-800. Paradoxically, also from that property is a 17thC. oak dresser, not expensive at £200-300 & a Regency period mahogany coaching table at just £80-100.
The sale boasts numerous handsome furnishing items such as a large, early 19thC. riveted copper log basket at £300-400 & several clocks including a carved oak longcase from Ireland with “green man” decor £300-500 & a large J. Wilkinson brass carriage clock with compass & thermometer also £300-500. The “right” paintings remain good investments & Joan Gillchrist is definitely one to have onside, two of which go on offer, each with guides of £600-800. A large 19thC. decorators painting by Ernest Patron titled “Solitude” supported by an impressive aesthetic movement frame is in at £300-500 while a more contemporary framed oil painting by Jeremy King of Valericey Valley nr. Boscastle asks £100-200. There are more very fine miniatures from a house clearance in Chelsea, London & these again feature the Crozier family & connections of theirs. A fine watercolour very much in the style of George Engleheart depicts Hannah Frances Pearson, second daughter of Captain Sir. Richard Pearson R.N. who herself married Rawson Boddam Crozier of West Hill, Isle of Wight & asks £300-400 while another fine portrait of Katherine Burrowes Crozier is in at £500-600.
There are several good smaller collectables. A Meissen dot period dish asks £100-150 while a George Bacchus style paperweight is on offer at £100-200. An attractive pair of Maud Bowden Doulton vases should make £60-80 while a bronze depicting a horse & rider group with hunting dogs ought to be in the region of £80-120.
Fine jewellery is becoming a speciality at Clarks & a visit to a Plymouth residence unearthed a diamond solitaire of approx. 4ct with extremely good clarity. Auctioneer Paul Clark added “There is currently a very strong demand for larger diamonds with good clarity, not just internationally but with local investors”. A guide attached of £10000-15000. A Victorian yellow metal bangle with pearl decor is expected to secure £200-300 & an 18ct white gold pair of 1ct diamond earrings shouldn’t be too far away at £900-1000. A ladies Omega De Ville in working order is asking £500-600 & a fantastic 18ct sapphire & diamond “bug brooch” isn’t expensive at £500-600.
Entries for our June collectors sale invited now.