Thursday, 10 July 2014

Antique Sale Highlights June 2014

Sale highlights from our Fine Art & Antique Auction held on Wednesday 11th June 2014  

Our summer Fine Art and Antique auction got off to a roaring start with the sale of Lot 1, A Raleigh 49 cc pedal motorcycle which sold for £300 and Lot 2, an AJS model 16? 350 cc motorcycle which sold for £700 although Tom’s favourite lot, the Triumph Bonneville did not reach its reserve.

The highlight of the ceramics section was Lot 68, a Pablo Picasso Madoura white earthenware “Visage” plate which sold to the internet for £1100.  Other successful lots included a set of 6 Royal Doulton figures celebrating 70 years of Mickey Mouse which sold for £260,  a large Royal Crown Derby “Old Imari” tea set which sold for £650 against an estimate of £150-200, and 169 an Art Deco Tinos bronze Danish fluted bowl and bowl and cover which sold to the room for £400.

Exotic taxidermy continues to sell well with a Pangolin (also known as a scaly anteater) selling for £500 and a pre-1947 leopard skin with head mount selling for £350.

Items of local interest included Lot 200, a large album of postcards including Heworth Colliery, Consett, Anfield Plain etc and the launch of the Mauretania which sold for £800, Lot 207, a large collection of maps from Northumberland, River Tyne and South Shields etc which sold to the room for £1200, and Lot 478, a large silver salver depicting six iconic Newcastle buildings which sold to a telephone bidder for £1600.

Two interesting toy lots were the 1950’s Rail Racing car (also known as a tether car or “Spindizzy”) which sold for £1400 and the large scale 1930’s Mettoy tinplate, clockwork, twin propeller aeroplane which sold for £200.  Both lots  went to internet bidders.

We had a strong jewellery section in this sale with both gold and silver selling well.  Lot 295, an 18ct gold bracelet weighing 53.3 grams sold for £620 and Lot 363, a gold and enamelled circular pendant with 2 pomanders and 2 brooches sold to the internet for £550.

Along with the silver salver mentioned above, Lot 469, a hammered silver Arts and Crafts bowl decorated with semi-precious stones generated a lot of interest before selling to the room for £1250.

Fine quality jewellery also sold well with the following particularly good examples: Lot 314, a platinum and diamond Art Deco ring, selling for £850, Lot 451, an 18ct white gold solitaire diamond ring with approximately 1.25ct diamond selling for £1450 and Lot 462, a pair of diamond stud earrings each with 0.50 carat diamond selling for £1050.

There was a nautical theme to the best selling paintings with Lot 520 topping the bill.  The oil on canvas of “The Falcon King, Hong Kong” by John Bentham Dinsdale (1927-2008) sold to the internet for £1200, reaching its top estimate.  Lot 524 “Sailing boats on a river” by Arthur Knighton-Hammond (1875-1970) sold for £550, while a watercolour of the entrance to South Shields harbour by the talented local artist John William Gilroy (1868-1944) sold for £260.


The furniture section contained a good mixture of antique and more modern lots.  Older pieces included a late 19th century mahogany long case clock with satinwood and ebony inlays with an 8 day movement by Grimshaw and Baxter of London, which sold for £1250, while more more contemporary pieces were an oak Ercol day bed which sold for £450, a teak dining room suite which sold for £460 to the internet, and a reproduction Regency style D-end dining table and 8 chairs which sold for £450 against an estimate of £150-250.  One lot which generated a  interest was a Roland HP 11 digital grand  piano which sold to the room for £600, doubling its estimate.



We are now accepting entries for our  next Fine Art and Antique Auction which will be held on Wednesday 24th September 2014.      0191 5372630





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