Monday 22 December 2014

First Sale of 2015

Wednesday 7th January    10am

Saturday 3rd January 10am-1pm
Tuesday 6th January 2pm-6pm
and morning of Sale from 9am

Friday 19 December 2014

Sale Highlights Fine Art and Antique Sale 3rd December 2014

Sale highlights from our Fine Art and Antique Auction held on Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Christmas came early for the vendor of the star lot in our December Fine Art and Antique Auction.  It was soon evident that lot 69, a Bideford earthenware harvest jug, presented to Mr Thomas Clements on December 25th 1829, was going to attract a lot of interest.  All four phone lines were quickly booked up and the internet was buzzing on sale day. Bidding started at well above estimate and speedily rose to the selling price of £4200, going to a determined telephone bidder.

Other china and glass lots also sold well with a large pair of black and white Staffordshire spaniels selling for £340, a Whitefriars Banjo tangerine vase selling for £520, and a Charles Wileman Foley china tea service selling for £360 against an estimate of £80-120, while a Beswick hunting group comprising huntsman, huntswoman and 8 fox hounds doubled its estimate, selling for £430. 



Two Art Deco bronze figures attracted a lot of interest.  The first, a nude ballerina stamped  Vivian” and made in Austria sold for £550, while the Joseph Lorenzl gilt bronze of a nude    ballerina sold to a local collector for £840.

The collectables section of the sale had some interesting pieces starting with a First Edition of Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, published by Jonathan Cape which sold for £2300 to an internet bidder.  A World War II brass Francis searchlight of Bolton Lancs., on a tripod sold for £400 and two well engineered single beam engines, lot 183 and 185 sold for £440 each.

The most unusual lot in the sale must have been lot 78, a collection of ancient Patagonian flint artefacts including knife heads and various implements.  These had been sent to the vendor’s grandfather by a cousin who was working in Chile in the 1930’s and the package had remained largely untouched since then.  It is hard to put a value on a collection like this but they were estimated to fetch between £200-300 and sold to the internet for £450.

It is interesting to note how each Antique sale is balanced and for this auction gold, silver and jewellery formed the backbone of the sale.  Classic watches always sell well and a gentleman’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just sold for £1300 while a 9ct gold gentleman’s Jaeger-le-Coultre sold for £1250.

Lot 223, an 18ct gold diamond cluster ring sold for £1100 and lot 301, an 18ct gold ring with cabochon amethyst and diamonds sold for £300.

Coins and medals were popular, with a collection of Roman and English coins selling for £340 and a Greek gold stater coin depicting Alexander selling for a massive £1650, while a collection of German Nazi World War II badges, medals, iron cross and brass door plates sold to the room for £320.

Lots 413 and 414, a pair of silver pheasants and a pair of silver woodcock sold for £550 and £1150 which is interesting as the pheasants actually weighed more, clearly showing that aesthetic appeal was the draw rather than their silver scrap value.

Likewise, two watercolours by Dixon Clark, lot 463 of cattle watering by a river and 464 of sheep grazing in a rural landscape, sold for £320 and £1100 respectively simply because the sheep painting was of better quality and greater appeal.

Lot 486, a leather  bound sketch book  of pencil landscape sketches by Samuel Prout (1783-1852) sold above estimate for £500.


Furniture sales remain steady.  Lot 501, a near set of eight Victorian mahogany balloon back dining chairs sold to the internet for £360 while lot 516, a 19th century oak long case clock by David Cairns of Belford, doubled its estimate and sold for £650.

The largest lot in the auction was a huge 1970’s tan brown leather corner suite made up of 7 modular units.  It completely dominated the gallery section of the auction room and conveniently provided plenty of seating for the bidders! It carried a conservative estimate of £150-250 but its retro looks clearly suit the modern trend and it sold to the room for £650. 


We are now accepting entries for our  next Fine Art and Antique Auction which will be held on Wednesday 4th March 2015





Wednesday 26 November 2014

Looking for that perfect Christmas present?

Then look no further than Boldon Auction Galleries.

Our Fine Art and Antique Auction is on Wednesday 3rd December from 9am.

You can come and view on Saturday 29th November 10am-1pm or Tuesday 2nd December 2pm-6pm.

With over 500 lots there is plenty to choose from, so come along and find the perfect gift this Christmas.

You can view the December Sale Calendar by clicking on this link:
Sale Calendar December 2014

The Sale Calendar has all our opening times, sale dates and valuation dates for the next month.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Next Auction at Boldon

From Glassware to Guitars we sell it all .........

Victorian, Edwardian and General

Household Auction

To be held on
Wednesday 19th November at 10 am


Saturday 15th November                 10 am – 1 pm
Tuesday 18th November                   2 pm – 6 pm
And morning of sale from 9 am
View on-line from 5pm Friday 14th November
For all Sale Information and Valuation Days please visit our website or telephone the Saleroom

 Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?

Come along to the Fine Art and Antique Auction at Boldon Auction Galleries on Wednesday 3rd December from 10am

For further details call 0191 5372630 or visit

Thursday 6 November 2014

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”       Jim Bishop

We are open for FREE Valuations on Friday 7th November

10am - 12noon


2pm - 4pm

and Saturday 8th November

10am - 12noon

No appointment needed ~6 items or less please
(if you have more than 6 items we can make a convenient
appointment to suit you) 

Friday 17 October 2014

Drop-in Valuations

We will Value and Auction anything from a lawn mower to a Lalique frog!

Please see our website for further details............

Our next open valuation sessions are:

Friday 24th October

10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm

Friday 7th November
10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm

Saturday 8
th November

Friday 21st November
10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm

Fabric Star Lots

Click this link to see the Star Lots in the recent Fabric Auction:
Fabric Auction Highlights AS240914

Friday 3 October 2014

Valuation Dates

Drop-in Valuations

Friday 10th October
10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm

Friday 24th October
10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm

Friday 7th November
10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm

Saturday 8th November

Wednesday 1 October 2014

After an extremely busy and successful Fine Art and Antique Auction we are now finishing setting up the next General Household Auction.  Viewing will be held on Saturday 4th October 10am-1pm, Tuesday 7th October 2pm-6pm and the morning of the Auction Wednesday 8th October from 9am.  The Auction starts promptly at 10am.

Sale Highlights from last week's Auction coming soon.

Monday 22 September 2014

Charity Valuation Morning on Saturday 27th September

Auctioneer and Valuer Giles Hodges will be at St. Peter's Church in South Shields (Sunderland Road) for a Valuation Morning
10am - 12 noon to raise funds for the Church this Saturday.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Wednesday 24th September 10am
Fine Art and Antique Auction
AND Fabric Auction
(Eclectic collection of Fabric 1950's - 1980's)
Viewing on Saturday 20th September 10am - 1pm, Tuesday 23rd September 2pm - 6pm and morning of Sale from 9am

Thursday 11 September 2014

Valuations this weekend

We are open for FREE Valuations

Friday 12th September
10am - 12noon and 2pm - 6pm

Saturday 13th September
10am - 12 noon

No appointment necessary
(6 items or less please)

If you have more than 6 items we can book an
appointment for you - please ask at the Office
One of the many Designers of fabric we are selling on 24th September is Shirley Craven's work, born in Hull in 1934 and educated at Hull College of Art. She went on to study printed textiles at the Royal College of Art (RCA) from 1955 to 1958. After leaving the RCA she began practicing as a freelance designer but refused to adapt her designs to the commercial demands of the market.

‘Textiles should be an artistic field, not just a commercial transaction. The designer should have the same impetus as the painter.’ Craven said.

In 1959 Craven teamed up with Hull Traders and the owner, Peter Neubert, gave her full creative control. Craven’s first designs for Hull Traders were an immediate success and creativity flourished. She was drawn to hybrid artist-designers - artists with a feel for design and designers with artistic sensibilities. The hand screen-printing process and attention to detail meant that many of the fabrics were produced almost as unique one-off art works.

Rare and bold compositions and the inspired handling of colour place these fabrics in a different league. The Designs have many influences such as landscape, seascape, abstract expressionism or the geometric playfulness of Op Art.

Here are two examples of Shirley Craven's work:-

Lot 717 'Venetian Stripe'

Lot 731 'Kaplan'

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Explosion of Colour and Design


We are delighted to be offering for sale on Wednesday 24th September (after the Fine Art and Antique Sale) an explosion of colour and design innovation in the form of a Collection of fabrics dating from the 1950's through to the 1980's.

We are selling complete rolls, part rolls, bales of fabric and remnants.

Further details to follow.


Friday 29 August 2014

One week left!

Don't forget the deadline is approaching for entry into our Fine Art and Antique Sale on Wednesday 24th September.

Please bring items in to the Saleroom in East Boldon by Friday 5th September to ensure they do not miss inclusion in the Autumn Catalogue.  If you have large items we can arrange transportation for you.

Valuations at Boldon Auction Galleries

We are open for FREE Valuations Friday 29th August
between 10am - 12 noon
and 2pm - 4pm
Please call 0191 537 2630 or see our website for further details

Monday 18 August 2014

Dates for your Diary

It's shaping up to be a busy September at Boldon Auction Galleries - we are preparing our Fine Art and Antique Catalogue at the moment (24th September) and with two General Sales (27th August and 10th September), a single owner Fabric collection Sale and our regular Friday Valuation Days (with an extra one on Saturday 13th September) before we know it we will be October!

Keep up to date via Web site, Facebook, Twitter or in person at Boldon Auction Galleries, 24a Front Street, East Boldon, Tyne and Wear, NE36 0SJ

Fine Art and Antique Sale deadline approaching!

Entries are being invited for items to be sold Wednesday 24th September 2014 in our Autumn Fine Art and Antique Sale

One of the lots already consigned for Sale is this cold cast bronze by Franz Bergman circa 1900, modelled on a running male Arabic figure holding a staff aloft, stamped to underside with Bergman Seal and Geschutz, numbered 2897.
27cm high
Estimate £800 - £1,200

The term 'cold cast bronze' refers to the technique of pieces cast in Vienna and decorated in several layers with 'dust paint'.  The colour was not fired hence the term cold painted or cold cast.

Date of next General Sale

On Wednesday 27th August we will be auctioning a wide selection of China, Glassware, Collector's Items, Costume Jewellery, Gold, Silver and Silver-plated items, Clocks, Mirrors, Prints and Paintings, kitchen ware, sofas, desks, dining and bedroom furniture, single chairs, occasional tables and many other Household items and furniture.
There is an opportunity to view on
Saturday 23rd August 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 26th August 2pm - 6pm
and on the morning of the sale from 9am

View our catalogue on-line at close of business Friday 22nd August

Friday 18 July 2014

Flog It Series 12:32 Newcastle 48

We are delighted to let you know that the latest Flog It! show that was filmed at Boldon Auction Galleries was aired yesterday. 

You can catch it on BBC iPlayer for the next 6 days.

Taken from BBC iPlayer:
This episode comes from the culturally rich North East as Anita Manning and Nick Davies descend upon the Discovery Museum, situated in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Members of the public bring their antiques and collectables along to Europe's largest naval aviation museum and the antique experts share their knowledge of what everything is worth. There are some great items salvaged by a demolition worker and house clearance worker.
Plus, Paul finds out what the people of Tyneside make of Anthony Gormley's Angel of The North 15 years on.

We hope you enjoy watching!

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