15/04/2011 : SALE REPORT MARCH 2011 – FARMHOUSE FIND BRINGS £25,000
Report of our last two sales and items of particular interest for the forthcoming sales.
Our sale report from February predicted the comeback of “brown furniture” and fittingly, the star lot in our March auction was a Chippendale style mahogany console table, discovered by auctioneer Adam Partridge in a local farmhouse. After a great deal of presale interest, heated bidding on several telephone lines resulted in the hammer finally coming down at an impressive £25,000. This helped the overall sale total reach nearly £200,000.
There were two other notable pieces of furniture which shone above the rest; an 11ft Georgian dresser base (£3,600) and an interesting and rare mid 19th Century coal table which made £2,900. A fine porcelain Russian dinner plate from the Order of St Andrew Service made £2,750 but was not the only piece of pottery to get the bidders fired up; Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre malfrey pot (£2,100) and a Macintyre & Co vase by William Moorcroft (£2300) had several bidders fighting each other over the phone, internet and in the room. Jewellery also shone, with two stars in particular; a Cartier gold and diamond bracelet which soared to £5,900 and a jade and diamond ring exceeding its estimate with a hammer price of £1,350 Also for sale were two polished bronze figures by well-known Liverpool artist Arthur Dooley, which both exceeded their estimates, reaching £1800 and £2,000 respectively. This is encouraging for our Liverpool saleroom where there will be 4 further Dooley bronzes going under the hammer on 4th May, along with some paintings by the revered local artist Brian Burgess and a fascinating railway staff log book from the 1860’s, amongst many other items.
Following the Fine Art sale in March, there was a first for Adam Partridge Auctioneers, that being a Sporting and Country Pursuits sale including approximately 200 guns. It was greeted with excitement and, being held on a Saturday, was attended well by many new faces. Amongst the sporting guns was a Churchill sidelock 12 bore, which sold for £5,500 and an 18th Century flintlock blunderbuss, discovered untouched in an attic, which made £1,450.
Adam Partridge Auctioneers have a busy month ahead. A collective sale in the Liverpool saleroom (4th May), an on site Country House sale of antique furniture at Tirley Garth, near Tarporley (8th May) and another two day Fine Art and Antiques sale with a specialist section for musical instruments (12-13th May), a sale which proved highly successful last year following the record sale of an Italian violin at £89,000. Along with plenty of various musical instruments, going under the hammer is a fine jade ring, a superb 20 air Swiss musical box, several interesting scientific instruments, IWC and Omega Constellation 18k gold wristwatches, an exquisite 1750’s skeleton cased verge pocket watch, a platinum hunter case Cartier, and many other items.
In September of this year, a rare DFM (Distinguished Flying Medal) will be offered for sale in a Militaria sale at Adam Partridge’s near Congleton. This medal was awarded for a remarkable act of courage and bravery during the Aden conflict in 1966, one of 15 awarded since WW2, only 5 of which have been awarded to British servicemen.
Please contact Adam Partridge Auctioneers on 01260223675 for more information on any of the forthcoming sales or for consignments, or contact Nick Bray for information regarding Partridge & Bray, the Liverpool Saleroom on 0151 709 8070.