Winter sales programme ends with best ever February returns

Our final sale of the winter programme proved to be by far our most successful February sale. Our auctioneer Paul Clark explained “February can at times be a quiet month for the saleroom but we have been very well supported by our customers this year & this has produced a fantastic sale with great returns for many sellers” adding “having two sales on the same day proved a real hit with buyers too”.

The sale saw some amazing results with an 18ct gold Cartier brooch scaling the heights at £3600, £1000 more than a leading London saleroom achieved on like for like. Cartier are one of the most desired jewellery makers the world has known & a second piece, a three tone 18ct gold bracelet from the same household, achieved £3800 via the internet. Fine jewellery is very popular at the Liskeard saleroom, both locally & worldwide & a Gents Rolex Datejust watch made £3100 at the hammer when a room bidder outbid internet interest. A pair of tanzanite & diamond earrings have found a new home at £700 & a 1920’s silver spirit kettle made £1350 at the hammer, more than double its estimate.

There was good interest in the paintings too with a set of four unframed Julian Barrow oils making £780 at the hammer. A small wintry William Stone oil secured £120 whilst a watercolour by former Western Morning News naturalist Trevor Beer made £100. A small continental oil made speculative interest at £100 whilst a small oil on panel by Paul Prosper Tillier tripled its pre-sale estimate at £310.

Decorative furnishings are always desired. A 19thC. Italian walnut savonarola chair doubled its pre-sale guide when making £400 at the hammer whilst a modern gilt mirror in Victorian style, secured bids of £130. A classic Persian style wool runner, originally purchased at Harrods of London, made £330 at the hammer & a pair of investiture chairs didn’t need Royal approval to find a new home at £480.

Antique & collectable objects invariably have sound footing in the world of auctions. A George III mahogany cheese coaster was no exception at £100 & a treen snuff box with Forget Me Not spelt out in brass pins to the top had internet bids topping £190. A pair of early 18thC. Chinese shubunkin goldfish porcelain bowls had plenty of net interest at £310, this despite being in very poor condition & three Beswick ponies also caused a surprise when galloping to £220 at the hammer again despite damage.

On the back of a recent sale of rare southern hemisphere amulets saw entries of a c.1900 ceremonial dagger, probably from one of the islands (hammer £500) & a Papua New Guinea funereal boat (hammer £460), both finding bids in the room. A Coco De Mer nut or what is commonly known as a “bum nut” due to its similarity to the human posterior, soared way above expectations when making £330. A c.1840 French amethyst glass inkwell made £340 whilst an equally attractive Elliot of London clock with Chinoserie lacquer making £330.

Military items too have both a strong local & international following. A German WWII police helmet made £200 while a WWII Nazi SS dagger secured bids of £550 despite a few minor faults. A German tank driver camouflage shirt made £170 & a somewhat earlier French cuirassier helmet topping its estimate at £150. A pair of yacht race cannons had interest at £420 whilst a decorative floor standing cannon made £350. Entries invited for our next specialist Antiques, Collectables & Jewellery sale on March 26th.