21/12/2012 : Last sale of 2012!
The final sale of 2012 at The Cheshire Saleroom certainly did not disappoint. Day one saw yet another world record which has set the antiques world alight.
From a vendor in Stockport Adam Partridge consigned a very impressive pair of cloisonné vases by Elkington & Co which had been in the vendor’s family since the 19th century. Superbly decorated and mounted with ornate gilt metal, interest soon came once they were advertised throughout the antiques and fine art world. Through considerable research it was shown that these vases were most probably made for the 1876 Philadelphia centennial exhibition, as a lithograph of the Elkington display of cloisonné at the Exhibition was found and at the back of the picture, a near identical vase to one of the pair sold at Adam Partridges is illustrated. This is a priceless piece of research which seemed to make all the difference. By the time the lot came up for sale on the morning of Thursday 8 telephone lines had been booked, internet was at the ready, and certain figures were twitching in the room, ready to bid. It wasn’t long until two bidders in the room took it up to a five figure sum, then the phone bidders kicked in. From £31,000, there were only two phone lines still interested and it was these two persistent bidders who fought all the way up to £86,000, when the hammer finally came down to a burst of applause and the astonished look on the face of the vendor from Stockport.
Aside from these vases, the Decorative Arts section of the sale was the strongest seen for a very long time. Spearheaded by the Exhibition vases, the section also included a private collection of Moorcroft pottery consigned from Wales, the likes of which is rarely seen on the market today, totalling over £15,000. This included some wonderful pieces. Two of the highlights being a large Moonlit blue pattern vase (£2,700) and a large flambé glazed vase with a band of pomegranate pattern (£1,950). General ceramics followed this section and all the big names were as always well represented and were well fought over; Royal Worcester, Shelley, Wedgwood, Doulton and even the Italian Doccia factory!
Consignments are well underway for the next Asian Art sale of The North at The Cheshire Saleroom in May 2013, so Chinese works of art in this sale were few and far between. That did not stop an 18th century porcelain vase making £3,000, despite rim damage.
Top result for Northern Art and Paintings was £4,600 for an oil by Donald McIntyre; a very strong result for the artist who continues to appear for sale at Adam Partridges.
Day two began with over 250 lots of ‘toys’. This included but was not limited to dolls, dolls house furniture, trains, teddies and clockwork toys. The first lot sold for £800 and was a rare French 19th century ‘rabbit in a cabbage’ automaton. Not the first of these rare items to be sold with Adam Partridge. Following this was a large consignment of various trains, boxed sets and vintage locos and accessories. A small collection of vintage Dinky diecast vehicles made over £2,300 but arguably the most remarkable hammer price amongst the toy cars was £1,300 for a small box of unboxed, playworn diecast vehicles. Then came a very small section of dolls, but size isn’t everything, as one vendor took over £5,000 from the sale of four porcelain headed dolls, with one making £3,200. This was for a rare Kammer Reinhardt doll named ‘Mein Liebling’ and with the head manufactured by Simon & Halbig.
Silver continues to make more than people would expect, as a jug by Robert Hennell made five times its scrap value as the hammer fell at £2,500 – this just one of many examples where silver items easily surpass their scrap value. Amongst the silver was a wonderful collection of so called ‘Aurum’ silver. These are commemorative silver goblets of superb quality. This collection made nearly £7,000, and needless to say, this was well above their total scrap price.
Buyers found many suitable Christmas presents for loved ones amongst the jewellery and watches sections in the sale. A modern Cartier watch sold for £4,500 where a diamond solitaire ring made £2,450, despite significant pique flaws.
Despite the feeling amongst most people that furniture is struggling to sell well, out of 157 lots of furniture, only 12 lots failed to find a home.
The saleroom will be closed on 21st December at 5.30pm and will re open 2nd January 2013, ready for another busy year in the new premises.
First auction of 2013 – 30th and 31st January
First valuation day – Monday 7th January
Best wishes for the festive season and Happy New Year!