Thursday, 13 December 2012

Sale Highlights from our Fine Art & Antique Auction held on Wednesday 5th December 2012

Christmas shopping fervour was clearly evident at our December Fine Art auction with many items hitting top prices. First to see a really eager flurry of bids was lot 34, a pair of Art Nouveau WMF pewter vases with glass liners which flew up to £2700. This was quickly followed by lot 38, A Clarice Cliff “Clovelly” pattern coffee set which sold to a commission bidder for £1600.

Lot 69, A 1930s Art Deco bronze patinated figural table lamp has a bright future after selling for £450 and lot 85, a set of 11 out of 12 wall plates that portrayed the figure “Eve” sold for a healthy £400.

We had some good toy lots with 120, a boxed Shackleton Foden FG6 Tipper lorry and a boxed 8 ton Dyson Trailer selling for £460 and 136, five trays of Dinky and Corgi military vehicles selling for £400, as well as a pair of lots containing teddy bears which sold for £140 and £210.

Two albums of Victorian photographs taken by Edward C. Chaston sold for £1700, while a Tynemouth medal for saving life at sea and World War I medals awarded to Percy Catmore Chaston sold for £1000.

The star of the sale was definitely lot 165, a group of 7 medals awarded to Major Norman Batey Pigg including a Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action. These medals attracted keen interest among commission, telephone and internet bidders before selling to the room for an impressive £14,000.

Concertinas are still selling well with lot 172, a Lachenal and Company concertina with rosewood fretwork ends and with original mahogany box, selling for £750.

The auctioneers were particularly pleased with how well books sold in this auction.
Lot 187, Plans of Proposed Navigation from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Haydon Bridge. Chapman 1796 with impressively large fold out diagrams, sold for £850, lot 192, a collection of books including 'Olivers Map of Newcastle 1844' sold for £700 and lot 198, a box of books of mining and geographical interest sold for £520. The most interesting lot in this section was 200, a Victorian sketch book with numerous drawings, watercolours and pencil sketches, along with written extracts including several from John Franklin (1786-1847) the Arctic Explorer which sold to a local collector for £1100.

Jewellery and watches seem destined for luxury Christmas presents with diamond rings in lots 234 and 278 selling for £1000 each and a Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date GMT Master fetching £1700 and £2900.

After spending 60 years wrapped in newspaper in a Sunderland loft lots 375 and 376, oils by Edgar Hunt, were very keenly received by collectors. Both lots attracted a great deal of interest online, in the room and on the telephones before selling for £3200 and £9400. While lot 379, a Patrick Lichfield photograph of Britt Eckland sold for £1800.

Large items of furniture also found new homes with lot 420, a Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple two piece bedroom set with Art Nouveau marquetry, selling for £1800 and lot 429, a highly decorative a Victorian Marsh and Jones satinwood and marquetry inlaid mirror back credenza, selling for £2900.

We are now accepting entries for our next Fine Art and Antique Auction to be held on Wednesday 6th March 2013.

Please call in, telephone or email us and we will arrange to value and/or enter items for Auction.
Front Street, East Boldon, Tyne & Wear, NE36 0SJ
Tel. 0191 5372630

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