We end our very successful winter programme with two sales on the same day. Our auctioneer Paul Clark explained “I am always open to trying something new so I decided to have the advertised Selected sale followed by the entries of a more General type nature” adding “We have a hard working team so it’s been no problem accommodating this at all”.
The sale itself has fifty plus pictures & prints, mostly from listed artists. One notable entry is a watercolour of a pair of bullfinches by naturalist Trevor Beer. He was best known though for his popular column in the Western Morning News before passing away last year aged 80. He was Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and of the Zoological Society & was also responsible for saving the lives of countless birds & animals. His artwork was often donated to charities who aided the welfare of animals & wildlife in order to raise funds. The painting itself is delivered in his unique style & has a guide of £100-150.
There are a few pieces of furniture that catch the eye. An oak late Victorian Welsh dresser originally from Wales asks £200-300 whilst a fine mid 19thC. Italian walnut Savonarola folding chair should easily have the measure of its £200-300 guide. A pair of 1969 ash laminate Prince Of Wales Investiture Chairs as designed by Lord Snowdon, hope to achieve in the region of £500-600 whilst a D shaped Regency style mahogany card table asks £80-100.
There are numerous decorators pieces in the sale. An unusual French brass bell shaped clock with Japy Freres movement £200-250 while an Elliot Of London clock with chinoiserie lacquered decor asks £100-200. An ornate early 20thC. silver spirit kettle with burner & stand would make a fantastic display in any period home & asks £600-800 while a Royal Doulton stoneware planter with floral relief decor, impressed P&O Shipping Line marks to base asks £80-100.
Jewellery is increasingly popular with online bidders, both private & trade. With around 150 lots in this genre there literally is something for everyone! A cluster ring with approx. 2ct of rose cut diamonds asks £800-1000 while a gents Rolex Datejust with a diamond bezel hopes for £2500-3500. Cartier remain the world’s finest jewellery makers & a sublime 1960 18ct gold rose asks £3000-4000. A fine Cartier bracelet is in the market at £3500-4000 whilst a Cartier style diamond encrusted “panthere” brooch asks £1500-2000. One unusual jewellery piece is a well detailed skull ring constructed of rose gold. It carries 3ct of diamond & asks £1800-2000.