The unseasonably cold weather did not put off buyers in our Spring Fine Art and Antique Auction held on 6th March with high prices being achieved across the whole sale.
Clocks were a big feature in this auction, with lot 113 a French gilt metal mantle clock with cloisonne enamelled decoration selling for £1100 and a highly popular Liberty and Co pewter carriage clock selling for £2600. There were also several grandfather clocks in the furniture section which sold well, including Lot 438 an oak long case clock with 30 hour movement by Barnish of Rochdale which fetched £500.
The star lot was the Demetre Chiparus Chain Dancer, circa 1925, cold-painted, gilt-bronze and ivory, on an onyx plinth, estimated at between £3000-5000, which sold for £7600 after intense competition from the bidders.
Silver prices remained high with a large oval tea tray weighing 49.4oz selling for £720 and an Art Deco design 4 piece tea set weighing 47.8 oz selling for £750, while a pair of Georg Jensen candlesticks designed by Sievard Bernadotte, sold for £700. Gold also sold well with two 9ct watch chains selling for £720 and an 18ct gold tricolour bracelet selling for £1640, while diamonds remained popular with an 18ct gold diamond marquise cut ring with 1.22 carat diamond selling for £1900 and an Art Deco platinum 3 stone ring selling for £6000.
We had a large collection of paintings with interesting lots including local artist Sheila Mackie’s oil on canvas of “Owl in flight” which sold after the sale for £400. Sheila Mackie lived and taught in Consett and died in 2010.
Other art work included a William Calcott Knell oil on board of a British three decker ship at anchor which sold for £ 400 and a Bernard Benedict Hemy oil on board of fishermen rowing to the harbour which sold for £420.
Highlights of the furniture section included lot 427, a William IV rosewood library table with tooled gilt leather inset top which sold for £520, and lot 443, a Victorian walnut framed settee with shaped carved back, accompanied by 6 walnut chairs and 2 armchairs which sold for £1500.
Following on from our previous sales of “Mouseman” furniture, we had several pieces of “Acornman” furniture in this sale including a set of 6 dining chairs and 2 carvers which sold for £580 and an oak dresser which sold for £380.
In keeping with the current fashion for items from the Orient, lot 460, an Oriental hardwood cabinet with single drawer and 2 cupboard doors estimated at £100-150, sold for £240.
And finally, lot 447, an unusual 1930's very tall oak tambour front filing cabinet with moulded top, exceeded expectations and sold for £320.
We are now accepting entries for our next Fine Art and Antique Auction to be held on Wednesday 12th June 2013. BBC Flog It! will be filming at this Auction.
Please call in, telephone or email us and we will arrange to value and/or enter items for Auction.
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