Adam Partridge Auctioneers Cheshire
Auctioneer in Cheshire

12/08/2011 : Collection of Jade brings over £50,000

Highlights of latest sale, 4th and 5th August 2011 and forthcoming events. Further updates to follow in forthcoming news articles and auction alerts, which you can subscribe to via our home page.

One of Adam Partridge Auctioneers’ best sales started with around 200 lots of textiles including 19th and early 20th century wedding dresses from the Roy Young Collection which made just under £3000 in total. A consignment from The Stockport Garrick Theatre ensured a colourful array of fantastic costumes which all sold well. A Regency velvet coat, waistcoat and breeches made £220, an Oriental embroidered gown sold for £230 and the star of the furs this time was an ocelot fur coat which went for £600. A novelty ladies evening purse from Anne-Marie, Hotel Meurice, Paris, in the form of a champagne bottle sitting in an ice bucket made £560. Every Brocklehurst-Whiston Macclesfield silk was offered for sale, with the rare Avro York silk still making good money as the hammer went down at £480.

Collectors’ items followed textiles and fetched some notable results including a box of timber samples (£560), an ivory and silver mounted conductor’s baton (£320) and a superbly carved Eastern ivory picture frame which made £360, despite its damage. The two star lots in this section were a 19th century Russian icon with silver oklad by Anatoly Apollonovich Artsybashev, hotly contested to a hammer price of £2,500, and a tinplate clockwork Alfa Romeo P2 racing car by Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet, which made £2,250 even despite some damage and thanks to it being in blue rather than the more common red.

Decorative Arts section included two Erte bronzes which sold for £1,850 and £1,000 respectively, a collection of Doulton Lambeth and a Foley Intarsio plaque designed by Louis Rhead (a similar example can be found in the V&A museum) which sold for £1,600. In other sections, three AA Milne first editions went for £580 and a Queen Anne 2 guinea gold coin made £940.

Picture section: Irish art continues to do well with an oil painting by Maurice Canning Wilks (1910-1984) on its way back across the Irish Sea after selling for £2,100. A sketch by wildlife artist Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe done when he was just 8 years of age and signed, sold for £280. An abstract study of a horse by Geoffrey Key made £540 and two more paintings by Donald Macintyre sold for £1,350 and £2,000.

Silver continues to do extremely well, as over 150 lots were sold with strong results throughout, the best being for a good quality canteen of silver cutlery selling for £3,900. As usual the jewellery and watches sections were strong.

The real star of the sale however was the Oriental section, particularly two private collections of jade, which together totalled over £50,000. This included £9,200 for an 18th century Chinese carved white jade study of a crouching monkey with child, £8,200 for an 18th century Chinese carved white jade study of a pair of kylin with a dragonfly, £7,600 for a 19th century carved jade plaque of oval pierced form and several other strong individual results. A Chinese bronze bowl made £6,600 and a finely carved Chinese Shoushan soapstone study made £1,450.

Nearly all of the 150+ lots of furniture sold and notable results included a superb 18th Century oak Welsh dresser (£2500), a Victorian walnut Sutherland table (£800) and a mahogany framed sofa which sold for £12,500.

Now accepting entries for next sale 15th September, Antiques and Fine Art with Militaria, closing date for entries 22nd August.

Entries also invited for Oriental and Eastern Works of Art sale, October 27th.

Auction calendar leading up to Christmas is busy with various specialist sales and a huge single owner collection of exhibition ephemera and memorabilia to be sold with no reserve.

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