20/12/2011 : 8th December Sale Report and Details of our Move to Macclesfield
A review of our final sale in the Gate Hall and info regarding our move to Macclesfield
The final sale of 2011 at Adam Partridge Auctioneers in Congleton was the final sale to be held at the Gate Hall, Congleton. From now we will be operating out of purpose built auction rooms in Macclesfield, with a saleroom three times the size, offices, parking facilities, on site storage including an almost bomb proof strongroom and a coffee/tea room. Our new number as of the beginning of 2012 will be 0845 835 0520, and the new address is:-
Flog It! attract the crowds
The order of day one was somewhat confused largely due to the presence of BBC’s Flog It! crew, presenter Paul Martin and experts Mark Stacey and Phil Serrell. A packed saleroom saw a steady stream of strong hammer prices throughout the day, with the best result being for a large 19th century Mintons earthenware plaque decorated by WS Coleman. Estimated at £2,000-£3,000 it was taken to £4,100 before the fall of the hammer, despite restoration, and was also filmed as an object which caught Paul Martin’s eye, to be aired alongside the footage of lots from Flog It! contributors. Not only was this a great result for the local vendor, but it was also a poignant reminder of how important it is in this business to catalogue an item correctly. Only around 3 weeks prior to its sale at Adam Partridge’s was this plaque bought in a local saleroom for just under a quarter of the price (£1,000 HP), as the auction house had failed to identify the artist’s monogram on the reverse of the plaque.
Prior to the Decorative Arts section was Collectors’ items, and the first lot of serious note was a very fine George V crocodile traveling toilet case by JC Vickery, fully fitted, oozing quality; a glimpse into the lives of some of our more privileged forbears. This cost the lucky bidder £720 (HP), though you cannot put a price on personal hygiene! Also amongst collectors items was a seemingly rare early 20th Century traveling inkwell in the form of a Policeman’s helmet, estimated by an unnamed Flog It! expert at £30-£50 and eventually selling on commission for £230. A collection of around 30 railway posters attracted much attention from all over the country and they totaled over £2,700 with the top figure being for a Frank Mason poster for East Coast Landmarks "Southwold nr Halesworth" depicting a lighthouse which made £380.
A good selection of bronzes included a superbly charming Franz Bergman figure group of two men playing chess (£760 HP) and a stylishly sexy Lorenzl bronze figure of a nude female (£880 HP).
Two similar (definitely not a pair) beautiful Pilkingtons Royal Lancastrian lustre glazed vases by Richard Joyce made over £600 each, shortly followed by a huge celadon glazed vase designed by former Gordon Forsyth, who was appointed art director at Minton Hollins and Co in 1903 and the same position 3 years later at Pilkington’s Tile and Pottery company. This, a true academics piece with it’s Aberdeen coat of arms, inscription to base and superb provenance, made £600.
William De Morgan is another massive name in the industry around the turn of the century, and as a result, a Merton Abbey green glazed tile by the man made £1350.
Chinese works of art continue to raise brows and delight crowds at Adam Partridges, as two blue and white porcelain jars from the Kang Xi period made £2,100 and £2,600 respectively. There is to be a specialist Asian Art sale towards the beginning of 2012 in the new Macclesfield saleroom. Other notable results were realized amongst the compliment of oriental items including £680 for a Chinese carved ivory card case and £2,550 for a Chinese porcelain flambé glazed arrow vase of hu form.
Adam Partridge auctioneers enjoyed unprecedented success in the Northern Art section of the sale, selling two graphite drawings by popular industrial artist Trevor Grimshaw for £3,200 and £3,800, a record price for this artist at auction.
A large and good selection of jewellery, coins and silver concluded the first day with several notable results including £1,650 for a very fine micromosaic necklace. Over 200 lots of silver included a charming Edwardian novelty pin cushion in the form of a bull (£620), an engraved ‘castle top’ card case by infamous Birmingham silversmith Nathaniel Mills (£360), a large silver tray (£1,750) and a silver gilt chalice by repute exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, of the highest quality, by Parisian maker Placide Poussielgue-Rusand, made £540.
Day two started with toys, and the first two lots certainly started the sale off with a bang. A Victorian wooden Noah’s Ark made £1800 on the telephone, partially thanks to the 200+ animals and figures housed inside and a whimsical French automaton ‘rabbit in a cabbage’ made £1,950. When wound, the rabbit would gingerly poke its head over the rim of the cabbage, turn its head, and rapidly duck back into it’s permanent home. The toys were strong throughout with a good single owner collection of dolls (including a Georgian wooden peg doll, £400), a collection of rare locomotives including a Bassett Lowke (£1,750), Marklin tinplate ticket dispensers (£340) and endless Hornby train accessories. Arguably the biggest surprise amongst the toys came when a large quantity of unboxed, unsorted vintage mecano was hotly contested in the room to £1,500!
Day one proved that 20th century ceramics continue to gain popularity and strong prices (Decorative Arts section), however never neglect the early ceramics. Day two saw a ceramics section full of 18th century and later porcelain and earthenware which included some quite impressive results. An 18th century shallow slipware bowl with simple cream glazed decoration left it’s £20-£30 estimate high and dry as it rocketed via the internet to £720, despite several areas of poor restoration and a large piece missing from the rim. 18th century Derby porcelain sold well also, also despite some considerable damage. Beswick rarely deserves a mention, though always sells well, but this time a rare figure ‘Duchess with Flowers’ was offered for sale and sold within estimate, for £850.
Following a good collection of Georgian wine glasses, at the back end of day one, several interesting, saleable and quirky items included two zebra skins, a working model of the circulatory system and a real adult human articulated skeleton.
The star of the furniture was a fantastically stylish Art deco walnut dining suite. This sold for £3,500 and will look great wherever it may end up. Back to traditional though, an impressive Victorian oak extending dining table made £980 and a good set of 10 oak barleytwist chairs made £700.
Next sale is 19th January, and will include all manner of items, including an 18ct gold Rolex, a 1915-18 triumph motorbike with sidecar, a huge collection of gold and silver coins, and many more.
Inviting entries until first week of January.