12/03/2014 : Record Breaking Sale
Adam Partridge Auctioneersí second fine art sale of 2014 was another record breaker for a two day antiques sale.
The feature was jewellery, silver and watches, which together consisted of about 700 lots. There was just the small matter of 1,500 other lots of fine art and antiques including furniture, ceramics, scientific, paintings & northern art, metalware, musical instruments, decorative arts, books, ephemera and more.
Hundreds of potential buyers came through the doors at The Cheshire Saleroom on viewing day and many were immediately drawn to the fantastic collection of diamonds consigned from an estate in north Manchester. Competition for the diamonds came from far and wide with the most expensive solitaire ring selling to a local private buyer, underbid by another regular private buyer, for no less than £18,500. From the same collection a pear cut diamond suspended by a necklace made £10,000 and three further solitaire rings sold for £7,400, £7,400 and £7,000. Several more impressive diamonds along with an enormous collection of gold coins from the same estate will be sold throughout the coming months
Spearheading the silver section of over 300 lots was a fantastic collection of ‘church plate’ or communion silver from the Cross Street Chapel in Manchester. What was particularly lovely about this collection was the provenance; donated to the chapel by their then minister William Gaskell, husband of famed author Elizabeth Gaskell, in the 19th century, each piece has been beautifully engraved with the Gaskell family crest. The collection consisted of a set of three George I silver communion cups (£4,000), a set of three George I patens (£5,200), a large George I silver flagon and another similar (£3,200 and £3,600), and two silver communion cups (£700 and £260). Around two hundred years later the fine Arts & Crafts silversmiths Ramsden & Carr produced a silver and enamel tea caddy and spoon which were also sold amongst the silver on the 7th March. In perfect order and a fine example, this made a staggering £8,200.
From a fabulous collection of clocks (the majority of which was offered and sold in January’s fine art sale) came a George II walnut longcase clock by the fine collaboration of makers Benjamin Gray and Justin Vulliamy. This sold to a persistent phone bidder for £10,000.
Other highlights aside from silver, jewellery & watches include a Georgian peg doll (£1,350), a small oil painting attributed to Luigi Chialiva (£2,350), a large bronze figure after Moreau (£1,650) and a pottery bowl by Lucie Rie (£1,250).
We can now all look forward to the next auction, 10th and 11th April which sees specialist areas for Classic Cars and Automobilia, Northern & Contemporary Art, Sporting Guns, Militaria and Medals.