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Fine miniatures from Chelsea house steal the show again

Our May 20th sale yielded some superb results. All bar two lots of over 100 furniture lots sold with great prices throughout with the Trematon Hall furnishings performing very well. A Victorian chaise longue made £540 whilst a Jens Quistgaard coffee table, needing restoration, made £1250. A scroll end Victorian sofa may not be regarded that fashionable yet still made £250 whilst a George III wing back chair requiring restorative work still made an impressive £270.

Oak furniture saw some strong results. A 20thC. arts & crafts style sideboard made £390 with a small 18thC. oak table with drawer getting home at £240. A low level 17thC. oak coffer secured bids of £260 whilst a small mule chest made £200. A mahogany tea table surprised a few at £220, again bucking the “brown furniture doesn’t sell” mantra held by many auctioneers nowadays. Our auctioneer Paul Clark said “The right lots make the right money when marketed well” adding “The general public still love good, well made, period furniture that has seen a bit of life”.

Paintings performed very well once again with a small Joan Gillchrist oil on panel of Cornish harbour scene making £1900. A Victorian oil in aesthetic movement frame made £300 while two small 18thC. oils needing restorative work making £200. However it was two miniatures that stole the show, again from a Chelsea household in London. A miniature portrait of Vice Admiral Richard Crozier made £4200 while another depicting Hannah Frances Pearson, second daughter of Captain Sir. Richard Pearson secured an impressive £3000. Our auctioneer Paul Clark said “It has been fascinating researching this family & associated families with regard to these portraits & it is great to see our hard work reap rewards for our vendor”.

Collectable objects also had a strong showing. Three silver topped match strikes made £290 while a Nailsea style glass match strike was won by a collector at £150. A cased Victorian brass field microscope had a lot of interest at £390 as did a small egg cup with a slave trade motif at £220. An 18thC. Dutch wine glass secured bids also at £220 & WW1 medal set awarded to Lt. Commander J. Edwards made £380. Wine is a favourite among investors & numerous lots from the former Riverside Restaurant at Helford all found bidders notably five bottles of 1978 Hermitage La Chapelle Paul Jaboulet Aine Rhone red wine at £310 & a 1975 Imperial bottle of Chateau Batailley Grand Cru Classe making £230.

Jewellery has a great following at the Liskeard saleroom. A 3.91ct diamond ring secured bids of £10000 whilst a diamond & bug brooch made £500. A pair of diamond earrings, each set with half a carat, made £850 at the hammer while an 18ct gold bangle also set with approx. 1ct of small diamonds found a new owner at £600. A 18ct gold natural turquoise bracelet impressed at £460 while a Vera Wang ring set with a half carat diamond made £600.

Entries are now sought for our June 17th Collectors & Jewellery sale.