12/10/2012 : Records Broken at The Cheshire Saleroom
Records were broken at the Cheshire saleroom on 27th and 28th September as Adam Partridge Auctioneers clock their highest sale total after 4 years of trading, at over £325,000 through 2,300 lots and with 956 registered internet bidders from across the globe.
Day one began with an impressive array of 570 lots of militaria, medals and sporting guns which tallied a total of £107,000. An 1870 J&W Tolley 8 shotgun made £7,000 and a Holland and Holland shotgun sold for £6,400, both from a farmhouse in Gloucestershire. The militaria section was headlined by a phenomenal and fascinating single owner collection of 59 predominantly German helmets. This collection along with several other relics from the Third Reich regime included in the sale was a poignant reminder of how important these events of WWII were. An early SS dagger made £1,350 and an SS helmet made £1,500. This was not however the top result amongst the helmets. This was £3,400 for an extremely rare yet modest looking pre-war Luftwaffe paratrooper’s helmet with original liner. Overall, the 59 helmets netted just shy of £22,000. From WWII we move to the 18th century battlefield, as £6,000 was paid for a suit of armour made up of some very early elements and is now on its way to the Netherlands. Out of 56 lots of medals included in the section, the top price came for a fascinating and rare medal group awarded to Jean Gholam of the 2nd Regiment of Paratroopers of the SAS Troops of the French army, including a citation for the Croix de Guerre stating that he distinguished himself with courage and wisdom against the enemy, having been dropped by parachute on the night of the 7th/8th April 1945 in Holland behind enemy lines, he engaged in the ensuing combat. By his conduct, he contributed to the liberation of Holland and also served the interests of the Dutch state. Other notable results in this section included a 19th century explorer’s knife (£980) and £1200 for two pairs of German U-boat binoculars.
The sale continued in it’s normal fashion with a good array of assorted collectors’ items and a concise section of scientific items followed by Decorative Arts, with the top result being for a rare Carlton Ware Art Deco Tyrolean Bands pattern tea for two set designed by Violet Elmer, which sold to an internet bidder for £940. A strong Royal Doulton section finished day one of the sale with a single owner collection of over 400 character jugs consigned by a collector in Newcastle Upon Tyne after his wife had ordered them to go! Top result was £820 for a jug he bought for £800 several years ago. This was a rare variant of The Cavalier jug, a common model which makes around £15 or £20. It is the addition of a goatie beard that elevates it 70 fold! The collection made over £12,000 making an average price of around £35 for each jug. Other notable jugs included Mephispopheles (£420) and ‘ard of ‘earing (£320). A combination of significant internet presence and a large collection of one type of collectible appearing in the same auction commands a hammer price greater than normal.
Day two saw some strong prices in the silver section, with items reaching prices more than scrap value, once more dispelling the myth that silver sells for scrap value alone. Three wonderful silver trays from the Victorian era, Edwardian era and the Art Deco period made £5,500 in total.
Top price in the jewellery section was £7,800. A belting price for a sizeable sapphire purchased in 1969 for the princely sum of £1,300 and was subsequently mounted in a ring with diamonds. The ring was underbid in the room and went to a telephone bidder who was bidding abroad.
The sale was dubbed a fine paintings sale as well as militaria, and this section was well represented by some fantastic traditional paintings and Northern art. Two oil paintings of unrivalled quality by Andrea Landini sold for £9,800 and £16,200 respectively. A speculative pair of 18th century oils on canvas made £2,950 and a small oil by Fausto Guisto made £1,150. Adam Partridge Auctioneers continues to have unrivalled success in the area of Northern and Contemporary Art and this sale was no exception. Four paintings by James Lawrence Isherwood sold for a total of £2,900, an early oil by Geoffrey Key made £1,150 and a painting by the highly regarded artist Donald McIntyre is on its way down to London after selling for £3,000. Donald McGill executed thousands of cartoon sketches which were reprinted on postcards and are now highly sought after. We had nine tremendously amusing original cartoon sketches by the artist in this sale which made a total of £3,540.
A specialist Asian Art sale is scheduled for 8th November at The Cheshire Saleroom but there was a little preview in this sale, as two Kangxi period blue and white decorated gift chairs were contested by a Chiense bidder in the room and an internet bidder. The hammer fell at £1,050 to the internet bidder.
250 lots of furniture ended a long yet extremely successful two days of selling. Furniture from across the world was included in the sale and a 19th century Anglo-Indian carved ebony sideboard excited bidders as it was sold for £1,550. All is clearly not lost for traditional English furniture as a Victorian walnut bed sold for £680, two Victorian cheval mirrors sold for £660 and £700 respectively, and a Victorian concertina action dining table made £440.
The best ever sale at Adam Partridge Auctioneers will be followed by another Fine Art sale with specialist section for Asian Art on 8th and 9th November, which may usurp this sale as being a record breaker! Entries for this sale are still invited but close on 19th October.