09/07/2012 : Diamonds Are An Auction House’s Best Friend
What summer lull? Many people are of the opinion that the summer months spell a quiet patch for auctioneers with prices being sub par and consignments being thin on the ground. This was far from being true at The Cheshire Saleroom on the 5th and 6th July.
Not even the disastrous weather put off prospective buyers as the viewing day and sale days were busy as usual. Over 1,500 lots included a fantastic selection of early Moorcroft, the best of which made a staggering £6,800, that being a large pair of Macintyre vases decorated in the much sought after ‘Revived Cornflower’ design. A Moonlit blue design vase and a Claremont toadstool pattern vase made £1,350 and £1,550 respectively. The Decorative Arts section is always strong across the board, and a superb Carlton Ware bowl in the Scimitar pattern excited bidders to the tune of £980.
Over 100 lots of silver were as strong as ever and the jewellery section which followed was particularly superb. The top result was £8,000 for a diamond ring (a jeweller had offered the vendor a paltry £900 before she decided to consign the ring to auction!). The two diamonds measured around 2cts each, but were riddled with carbon inclusions. This did not prevent the impressive ring from making its way down to a London buyer. This was not the only noteworthy diamond result as a bar brooch from the same source made £2,700 and a sapphire and diamond floral brooch made £1,900. Two very different watches made impressive prices; £2,100 for a gents Omega Constellation and £1,150 for an Art Deco ladies platinum cocktail watch. A small collection of gold and silver coins sold well, and it is certainly worth mentioning that consigned in the August sale (16th and 17th) is a good collection of coins, mainly British including a Victoria gold £2 coin, James II and Elizabeth I silver coins, and a Victoria young head crown in extremely fine condition. Stamps fail to excite some people, however a collection in the sale amassed by the former president of the Papuan Philatelic Society made over £5,000 in total and proved that stamps should not be ignored!
There were some extremely good paintings in the sale and they were also traditional. George Morland made £3,100, David Bates £1,900, Walter Wallor Caffyn £1,250, William Mellor £1,650, Charles Dixon £980 and £1,700 and Samuel McLoy £700 were just a few of the popular artists included in the sale. More to come in September in a specialist paintings section to include the likes of Maurice Canning Wilkes, John Frederick Herring Jnr, Alfred Debreanski and John William Daubarn.
Traditional furniture seems to be going through somewhat of a resurgence also. Part of the contents of a Lancashire country house amongst other sources ensured that the quality was present and notable results included a Victorian credenza with porcelain plaque (£1,250), a boullework side cabinet and card table (£2,150), an impressive £4,800 for an equally impressive Victorian carved oak bed and many were talking about the £2,150 hammer price for a pleasingly elegant 19th century walnut framed conversation seat.
The next sale at the Cheshire saleroom will be Saturday 21st July, a small collectors’ sale in conjunction with Adam Partridge Media Weekend Breaks. This includes what one would expect to see in a small collectors’ sale; small boxes, quality and quirky bits of silver, interesting curios and some nice paintings. Viewing Friday 20th from 10am
27th September: Antiques and Fine Art with Militaria Sporting and Country Pursuits. Already consigned for this sale is an extremely impressive collection of 59 German helmets, two suits of armour, rare medal groups and much more.
8th November: Antiques and Fine Art with Chinese Works of Art. As our Chinese specialist department grows and gains notoriety, rare and exciting works of art are being consigned on a regular basis and include a beautiful and rare porcelain enamel decorated wig stand, Daoguang mark and of the period.