19/12/2014 : December Sale Report
Toys, Wines, Whiskey, Spirits and Books were the specialist areas of the last sale of 2014 at The Cheshire Saleroom and all sections did not disappoint.
A very evocative single owner collection from Yorkshire provided the backbone of the toy section, along with a good collection of early die-cast vehicles, 40’s and 50’s, some boxed, which sold for just over £1,000. Highlight of the doll section was £980 for a Jumeau bisque headed doll despite significant damage to her head.
There was plenty for everyone in the alcohol section of the sale, customary shortly before Christmas, and the top lot was for a limited edition bottle of Erte cognac, which sold for an impressive £1,000 to an internet buyer. A case of 12 bottles of Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle, 1985 also found a new home, for £620, and will no doubt make someone very happy for Christmas!
Prices were strong throughout and the sale was buoyant, with over 90% of the 2400 lots finding a new home.
The decorative arts section was graced with a cloisonné vase by Elkington & Co. One may remember that a pair were sold in these rooms two years ago for £86,000, however this one was not nearly as significant as that pair. As a result, it sold for a respectable £600. It illustrated the exponential difference in price factors like size, provenance and condition can make. In the same section, an Art Deco bronze and ivory figure by Alexander Kelety sold for £1,200.
Ceramics were positive too, with a good collection of Royal Crown Derby which sold for just over £2,000 and a collection of Royal Worcester porcelain made in total a similar amount, the individual stand out being a flared vase painted with cattle by H.Stinton which sold for £460.
Unsurprisingly being so close to Christmas, silver and jewellery proved very strong. A superb pair of George III silver candlesticks by William Cafe sold for £1,050, and the ‘Rolls Royce’ of silver sauceboats by Storr Mortimer & Hunt sold for £700, further dispelling the myth that silver sells for it’s (now rather unimpressive) scrap weight. Diamonds continue to sell very well at the Cheshire Saleroom, as three diamond solitaire rings found new homes for £4,100, £10,000 and £2,300 respectively.
March will see a specialist paintings and Northern Art sale in these rooms, but this sale saw some very strong prices indeed for prints, traditional paintings and contemporary art. A small number of 17th and 18th century portraits sold for £3,000 collectively and two prints by Herbert Dicksee made £1,600 and £520 respectively.
Furniture too was surprisingly popular, and with over 300 lots it needed to be! Most sold, and some made much more than expected. A very fine walnut and inlaid side cabinet sold in the room for £1,800 yet much interest tends to come for contemporary pieces of noteworthy style or quality!
Adam Partridge Auctioneers will be closed from Monday 22nd – January 5th 2015. 2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting year, with specialist sales early in the year to include Tribal Art & Antiquities, Northern & Contemporary Art, Militaria and Asian Art.