Our Spring sale started well when lot 44, a 19th century Chinese yellow ground bottle shaped vase with two panels of scrolls, vases and foliage and Guangxu marks to base estimated at £400-600, sold for £2200 to a telephone bidder, showing that the current interest in Chinese art is still flourishing.
Ceramics continued to sell well with lot 49, a Royal Doulton figure "The Bather" selling to the internet for £420,
and lot 102, a Royal Doulton figure “Harlequinade” selling for £860, while lot 90, a modern Moorcroft table clock, wall plate and vase sold for £260 against an estimate of £80-150.
We had some interesting lots in the collectables section, starting with lot 119, a late George III ebony octant by Spencer, Browning and Rust, London, with ivory scale, housed in an associated painted box which sold for £400 and an early brass Davy lamp by Laidler, Durham, with hinged hood and iron gauze which sold for £280.
A really interesting collection of vintage folding chocolate moulds in the form of fruit, flowers and nuts etc, sold for £320 and we are hoping that they will be used for future chocolate making, but the question still remains, what is the best way for these to be displayed to show off their intricate detail?
Lot 132, a particularly nice Newlyn copper oval gallery tray decorated with fish and seaweed, sold to an internet bidder for £280
and lot 145, an Edwardian mahogany inlaid marquetry balloon clock by Gowland of Sunderland, sold for £200.
A limited edition poster "Wizard of Oz" (the MGM Classic) signed by Ray Bolger "The Scarecrow" and Jack Haley "The Tin Man sold right at the middle of its estimate for £440, making one “Oz” collector very happy.
A World War II SA dagger sold for £320 against an estimate of £80-120 and 162, an early 19th century flintlock blunderbuss dated 1814, stamped with lion rampant (British India), in working action, sold above estimate for £400 to a commission bidder.
Although we had fewer musical instruments in this sale than we have seen recently, lot 169, a Milan Ciz Ella jazz guitar with case, sold well to the room at £1500 showing that is well worth attending the sale when there is something you really want to buy.
Lot 174, a Dollond of London astronomical telescope, lived up to its description, selling for an astronomical £1400 against an estimate of £60-100.
Model railway enthusiasts were offered various lots including lot 191 , a Hornby O gauge 3R 20V No 2 Special 4-4-0 LNER green livery no 201 "Bramham Moor" locomotive which sold for £380 along with tender, selection of rolling stock, and turntable etc.
Silver sold well, with lot 255 selling at the middle of its estimate for £560 and comprising a silver 4 piece tea service with semi fluted body, Sheffield 1895, maker's mark Richard Martin and Ebenezer with a total weight of 60.2 oz,
and lot 256, a tall silver mounted and cut glass flower vase, Birmingham 1909, selling above estimate at £380.
While an Arts and Crafts five piece hammered silver dressing table set by Sybil Dunlop, set with semi-precious stones in the Celtic manner with oak leaf design shot above its estimate to sell for £800. This is a collection ripe for restoration.
Jewellery sold well with lot 279 an 18ct white gold Princess cut three row diamond selling for £380 and 288, a heavy platinum bangle set with 11 diamonds selling for £1800,
While lot 297, an 18ct diamond and emerald ring, set with a central emerald flanked by two diamonds sold for £1100 and lot 299, an 18ct gold three stone diamond ring sold at the top of its estimate for £600.
One lot that generated a great deal of local interest was the Ralph Hedley portrait of Grace Darling’s father William Darling which sold for £700. We believe this piece of local heritage will be staying in the North East.
There were a number of gems in the furniture section with a charming 19th century conversation chair selling for £460
and Tom’s favourite lot, the Wassily chair after Marcel Breur selling for £420,
while a Georgian mahogany Gentleman’s Chest sold for an impressive £950.
As you can see we have seen a wide range of items in this sale and we are now accepting entries for our next Fine Art and Antique Auction which will be held on Wednesday 11th June 2014
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