20/11/2012 : 8th and 9th November Sale Report
The November sale at The Cheshire Saleroom saw a plethora of good results resulting in a sale total of over £300,000.
A Fine Art and Antiques auction with a specialist section for Asian Works of Art (to coincide with Asian Art Week in London) was spearheaded by a wonderful Chinese wig stand, possibly made for the Emperor Daoguang (1821-1850). It all started in North Wales. Rhos-on-Sea to be more precise. Adam Partridge had been called to a routine valuation in a holiday bungalow on the coast belonging to an elderly gentleman. Adam’s eyes were immediately drawn across the living room, not to the beautiful sea view outside the window, but to a colourful lamp perched on a side table. Adam suggested that this could make an awful lot of money, and the owner had no idea. He said it was purchased by his late father in 1953 from a country house sale and had been used as a lamp for many years. Adam brought it back to the saleroom and work began on researching the ‘lamp’ and dismantling the lamp attachments. Not a lamp, but a wig stand. Having been advertised several times with additional photos being sent to various collectors across the world, the wig stand came up for auction on November 9th. With a Chinese bidder in the room, eight phone lines and internet bidders, the figure rose and rose until the hammer came down at a staggering £80,000, just £9,000 shy of the current record which was for a violin.
The wig stand was the highlight of what was a very successful Asian Art sale that saw a small collection of ginger jars make over £4,000 and part of a single owner collection of early Chinese wares sell for over £3,000. Other individual highlights include an 18th century ‘robin’s egg’ glazed vase (£2,500), a 19th century polished bronze censer and stand (£5,400), a pair of 18th century ‘zhadou’ (£1,450 )(part of a private collection of Chinese blue and white totalling just under £10,000), a moonflask, another piece found in a house as a lamp (£1,200), an 18th century jade deer (£1,100), a fine jade snuff bottle consigned from the Shetland Isles (£750) and two bamboo brush pots from the same vendor as the wig stand made just under £1,000.
Items are already being consigned for the next specialist Asian Art sale to be held in May 2013.
The remainder of the sale was interspersed with strong results in every area. £2,800 was achieved for a Victorian jockey scale sold on day one, followed by a good collection of mechanical music, most of which was from the collection of Stuart Hall. The most charming item in this section was a tortoiseshell musical bird automaton (the likes of which one sees in the opening credits of the Antiques Roadshow) and the bidding took off with the hammer falling at £1,850. Also in this section was a Wheatstone concertina making a strong price of £1,450.
A collection of 19th century American cast iron money boxes made £1,000 and from the same home, a collection of tobacco jars, many of which were in a state of disrepair, made just over £1,000.
The ceramics section was well represented by a broad range of factories and eras. A small collection of Troika pottery took £2,000 and a slightly larger collection of hand painted Royal Worcester sold for a total of £3,850.
Unsurprisingly the top result in the paintings section was for a 20th century painting in the Northern Art section by the popular Arthur Delaney (£5,000) however two lots by well known traditional artists, namely a pair of watercolours by John Frederick Herring Jnr. and a drawing by Sir William Russell Flint proved that there is still a strong interest in traditional artists. These lots both made just shy of £1,000 each.
As always, silver sold superbly well and contrary to popular belief, sold above scrap value. First lot in the section was a beautiful tortoiseshell and silver mantle clock selling within estimate at £1,400.
Coins, jewellery and watches sections generated much interest as usual. Sovereigns were making more than in previous sales and silver coins continue to attract many collectors from across the globe, good news for the vendor of a coin collection consigned for the December sale. Two watches stood out. Both made by Rolex but about 70 years apart. A modest looking 1930’s 9ct gold Rolex took £780, whilst a flashy stainless steel example made in the 21st century sold for £1,200. An interesting contrast and perhaps a sign of the shift in people’s taste today?
The luxury of an enormous saleroom meant that there were around 260 individual lots of furniture on offer. Most sold, but it is always spectacular or interesting pieces of traditional furniture that continue to do well. A Wellington secretaire chest sold for £1,550 and a pair of less refined and considerably more rustic 18th century oak hall chairs flew as the hammer fell at £2,700. The same money would have bought an enormous Regency extending dining table.
Despite it being generally reserved for Christmas frivolities, December will be a busy month for Adam Partridge Auctioneers as they hold an on site sale in Cromwell, nr. Newark, of part of the contents of the world famous doll museum housing the collection of the late Vina Cooke. This will take place on the 8th December from 10am.
The following week is the final Fine Art sale of the year to include Toys and Trains, Wines and Spirits - 13th and 14th December.