Friday 31 January 2014

Cataloguing at Boldon Auction Galleries

It is a busy time at Boldon Auction Galleries - We are open on Saturday 10 - 1 and Tuesday 2-6 for viewing the General Sale (10am Wednesday 5th February) and currently cataloguing the March Fine Art and Antique Sale.  


One of the lots already consigned for the Fine Art and Antique Sale 5th March is this charming Wilson Hepple watercolour. Estimate £3,000 - £5,000.
Wilson Hepple (1853-1937) was a local artist born in Newcastle and lived and worked until 1895 on Tyneside.  Due to his increasing interest in animal painting he moved to the countryside to a small cottage on the banks of the River Coquet, devoting himself to specialising in this type of animal painting, producing hundreds of horse, dog and kitten paintings.  He died at his cottage near Acklington and is buried in the local churchyard. 
Interestingly although he never exhibited outside Northumbria he was able to establish a considerable reputation as an artist in the area of his birth.

For more information see 'The Artists of Northumbria' by Marshall Hall.

Ultimate retro bed warmer for sale!

Interesting lot coming up for sale on Wednesday 5th February - the ultimate iconic retro bed warmer!!!

The Glow Baby was produced in the 1950's and made by Bradley & Burch Limited, London. Patent number 781007.

The Glow Baby was placed i
n the bed between the sheets, plugged in and left for 30 minutes to warm the bed or could be used for airing clothes, and, believe it or not, warming your overcoat before leaving the house.
(Please note that this lot is sold as a decorative item and is not to be used)

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Twelve Months at Boldon 2013

Twelve Months at Boldon  ~ 2013
A selection of some of our favourite items sold last year

Liberty and Co. carriage clock

A platinum ring set with central emerald cut diamond
Chiparus Chain Dancer


French ormolu clock garniture

Signed Beatles album

1975 MGB convertible

Snow leopard skin

Antoinetta Brandeis
"Ducal Palace Yard, Venice"

Chinese bronze censor and koro

Unsigned watercolour of Mount Vesuvius


Clarice Cliff Bizarre “Secrets” triangular vase


Nomura battery operated Batman robot

Friday 17 January 2014

Fine Art and Antique Auction 27th November 2013

Our most recent Fine Art auction got off to a good start with lot 19, a Newport Pottery Clarice Cliff Bizarre "Secrets" pattern triangular shaped vase, estimated at £300-500 which sold for a massive £950 to a commission bidder.

A commission bid also secured lot 38, a Lalique opaque glass "Fontainebleau" vase decorated with scrolls and grapes, for £800, exceeding its upper estimate by £300.

Royal Doulton figures of Henry VIII and his six wives sold for £340 and £500, and the sale saw a huge collection of Hummel figures sell for prices ranging from £45 for four figures up to £500 for a figure group.  Highlights were lot 118, “Ring Around the Rosie” which sold for £300,  lot 135 “St Nicholas Day” and “Knecht Ruprecht Ruprecht” which were very relevant for the season and sold for £220, and 147 “World Wide Wanders” which sold for £500.

A large model of a bronze elephant with ivory tusks sold for £340 and we had two interesting lots of vintage alcohol, the first being 11 bottles of port which sold for £300 and the second, a last issue of Royal Naval rum in a sealed gallon barrel and basket.  The last Royal Naval rum ration was on 31st July 1970 and became known as "Black Tot Day" as the sailors were unhappy about the loss of the rum ration. This lot sold for £340.

Gold and jewellery continued to sell well with four full sovereigns dated 1891 and 1925 selling for £670, gold chains weighing 39.3 grams selling for £390 and an 18ct gold emerald ring which sold for £340 being among the top sellers.

Watches also held their value with a gentleman’s 18ct gold pocket watch selling at the top of its estimate at £500 and Omega and Rolex gentlemen’s watches selling for £300 and £780.

Lot 452, a silver four piece tea set, Sheffield 1953, made by Harrison Brothers and Howson, sold above it’s upper estimate at £550 and lot 440, a silver oak two handled tray with silver pierced gallery dated 1895, sold for £300.


We had an interesting collection of art work from a wide range of eras including lot 469, a watercolour of Santa Maria Formosa by Michael Felmingham which sold for £260 and 19th century unsigned watercolours of Mount Vesuvius and Naples and an Italian landscape which sold for £1000 and £450 respectively.

Lot 523 was an interesting Malaysian watercolour from 1961 by Jehan Chan of fishing boats and huts which sold to an internet bidder for £500 and an exquisite miniature portrait of a lady dated 1787 which featured on the front of this sale’s catalogue sold for £200 against an estimate of £60-100.

Furniture sold well in this auction with some big pieces fetching large prices such as lot 533, a 20th century snooker/dining table complete with scoreboards which sold for £480 and a John Broadwood and Sons baby grand piano sold for £400.

A collection of Charles Barr reproduction mahogany furniture sold particularly well with the dining table and chairs fetching £820, a glazed bookcase selling for £1100 and a standing corner cabinet for £400, while an oak Globe Wernicke five tier bookcase sold for £360 and a mahogany two piece bedroom suite comprising a mirror door wardrobe and a dressing chest sold for £380.

Lot 585, a 19th century mahogany linen press sold above its £250-350 estimate at £560 and lot 592, a mahogany oval extending dining table with gadrooned edge and a set of 8 mahogany chairs sold for £520 illustrating that good quality classic pieces continue to sell well.

One of our most gruesome lots was a World War I German trench club studded with hobnails which sold for £100 while at the other end of the scale a sterling silver and enamelled butterfly brooch sold for £85.


As you can see from the varied range of items sold in this Auction it is always worth while bringing items along for Valuation – you have nothing to lose and possibly a lot to gain!

All Valuations are free and if items are large or bulky please do email pictures to us at

Our next Fine Art and Antique Auctions  are to be held on 5th March 2014, 11th June 2014, 24th September 2014 and 3rd December 2014.

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

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Extra FREE Valuation Mornings

Brought to one of our Valuation Mornings and Sold for £14,500
We have added extra FREE Valuation mornings to our Calendar:
Saturday 25th January 10am - 12 noon

Saturday 8th February 10am - 12 noon

No appointment is necessary - 6 items or less please
We look forward to welcoming you to Boldon Auction Galleries

Friday 3 January 2014

First Auction of 2014!

General Household Auction

Wednesday 8th January from 10am

Saturday 4th January 10am - 1pm

Tuesday 7th January 2pm - 6pm

and morning of Auction from 9am