14/03/2013 : March Sale Report
The second sale of 2013 attracted a rather large number of buyers from all over the globe seeing a phenomenal 92% of lots sold out of a total of 1457 in the sale.
All across the board lots were making good money and day one saw a plethora of good results. Nine lots in saw a wonderful collection of around 380 Grand Tour plaster roundels make £720 and shortly after this, from a similar location came a 19th century panoramic view of Naples rolled up in a treen case made an impressive £520, despite considerable damage. Sceptics who believe items made of precious metals are destined for the melting pot were silenced yet again as a 15ct gold Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire Rugby Football Union Challenge medal dated 1904 sold for £820. It was in very poor condition; losses to enamel on the front, dents to the top and scratches and dents all over. Scrap value: £472.
Following an eclectic mix of collectors’ items, a strong decorative arts section produced some healthy hammer prices; a beautiful Art Deco chryselephantine figure by Stefan Dakon sold for £1,100 to a determined telephone bidder. From the medium of chryselephantine to pottery, an unusually large Art Deco Gustavsberg vase designed by Wilhelm Kage was hotly contested when the hammer finally came down at £1,200, even though it sported a hairline crack to the base. A mere three lots later a Wedgwood ‘Fairyland’ lustre bowl sold for £2,450, a phenomenal price for such a small piece designed by Daisy Makeig Jones. A large collection of Moorcroft was headlined by a large pomegranate pattern bowl (£1,050). But it is not just 20th century decorative ceramics making good money…a 19th century Mintons pâte-sur-pâte moon flask decorated by Thomas Mellor sold for £1,050 followed by a 19th century Chamberlain’s Worcester hand painted vase making £270.
Not only ceramics but early glass is still making good money as very modest looking 18th century toastmasters glass sold online for £540.
Chinese and Japanese works of art were few and far between as we prepare for a specialist sale on 30th May. There were a few lots in this sale though these were merely of a decorative nature rather than rare and fine works of art. Await the specialist sale in May for the fireworks, as there are some rather superb pieces waiting in the wings.
The most expensive painting in the sale had arguably the most interesting provenance. It was a work by Belgian artist Valerius De Saedeleer. He was a refugee during The Great War and spent the war in Aberystwyth, where many fellow Belgian painters waited for peace. During his time in Aberystwyth he was known for paying for doctors, dentists, farmers and even barbers in kind, typically by giving them one of his paintings, which were well received. It is during this time that the painting offered in Macclesfield ended up in the hands of the vendor’s grandparents. The charming painting of a Welsh landscape sold for £6,700 to a London collector on the other end of the telephone.
As well as De Saedeleer there were some other big names represented in both traditional and contemporary art sections; William Heaton Cooper (£1,200), Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (£120), Arthur Lowe (three paintings made around £200 each), George Law Beetholme (£320), Trevor Grimshaw (£1,050), Edward Hartley Mooney (£480) and John Thompson (£960) to name but a few.
220 lots of silver started day two of the sale and a single owner collection including card cases, vinaigrettes, Georgian cups and beakers, snuff boxes and more made a total of £8,300 (one notable result for a smashing Nathaniel Mills table snuff box, £860). Again, scrappers didn’t get a look in; an Irish silver tea set which would be melted down for £900 made £1,900 and a circular silver stand made nearly double what a scrap merchant would pay when the hammer was brought down at £2,300. Then followed a section of Judaica. This was the second time a specialist section of Judaica was offered for sale, and there was a notable increase in interest from across the world. A silver Hanukkah candelabrum made £2,050 and two Hanukkah lamps made £1,150 and £2,000 respectively. Other items included a silver Torah crown, Torah shield, Kiddush goblets and Megillah holders. This is a hotly contested market and there are very few auction houses in the world who embrace this area, as it is rather specialised and complex. One can look forward to another auction of Judaica later on in the year at The Cheshire Saleroom.
There was an abundance of diamond rings in the jewellery section of the sale. Several thousand pounds exchanged hands for various solitaire rings including £1,350 for an Art Deco diamond cluster ring with good colour and clarity. Other highlights amongst the jewellery included £2,350 for an interesting seed pearl necklace and £840 for a pair of diamond and pearl earrings.
A good selection of watches (for the wrist and pocket) was topped by an 18ct gold open face pocket watch which made £1,250.
Full sovereigns are still in high demand, making between £240 and £300 for a Victoria example in good condition.
Out of 100 lots of clocks and barometers, two went unsold. A lovely ebonised chiming mantel clock took £2,050 and a Georgian stick barometer made £1,350.
Around 250 lots of furniture were preceded by a small section of garden statuary in which a Victorian carved marble bust, possibly of Julius Caesar, sold for £760.
The furniture sold well, further dispelling the rumour that it is impossible to ‘get rid of’ brown furniture these days. Take the Edwardian mahogany and parquetry inlaid secretaire bookcase for example. Merely 100 years old, dark, large and bulky this piece made a staggering £5,000 and was contested by no less than 10 telephone lines.
The next two sales at The Cheshire Saleroom promise to be explosive. 18th and 19th April will see a hoard of sporting guns, medals and militaria along side the usual Antiques and Fine Art on offer. Closing date for entries in this sale is 25th March.
Then on May 30th and 31st The Cheshire Saleroom will play host to a selection of rare and fine objects from China and Japan including a finely carved Chinese jade buffalo and a Japanese Meiji period bowl by the great master Yabu Meizan. Entries for this sale will be accepted until 6th May.
Adam Partridge Liverpool are holding a specialist maritime auction on 3rd April and entries for this sale are still invited. Visit www.theliverpoolsaleroom.co.uk for more information.