25/02/2011 : SALE REVIEW AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Review of February sale including highlights, upcoming events, and items appearing in our next sale.
Under the hammer this time was a wide ranging selection of antiques from Liberty & Co Tudric pewter, Pilkington's Lancastrian pottery, Moorcoft and an impressive pair of James Dixon and Sons silver candlesticks (which exceeded their modest £200-£300 pounds estimate to make a staggering £1100), to a Fijian tribal gunstock club (as part of a large militaria section in the sale), a sensual painting by Geoffrey Key (£5000HP) and a large quantity of blue glass poison bottles, one lot of which sold for £820, ensured that there was a packed saleroom for both days together with a healthy number of internet buyers from across the globe (over 500 registered bidders!). Gold jewellery and silver continue to impress, in particular that of Irish origin with reference to a Victorian silver coffee pot made in Dublin more than doubling its estimate of £400-£500 pounds. From little to large now, as it is tentatively announced by Adam Partridge Auctioneers that brown furniture appears to be making a comeback! It seems that people are growing tired of flatpack wardrobes and characterless chests of drawers and as a result are reverting back to a more sturdy and evocative investment in the form of good, honest, old English furniture. Amongst the furniture were some exceptional pieces; a typically Arts and Crafts oak sideboard attributed to Leonard Wyburd, the hugely important Liberty's designer, easing past its fair estimate to make £2950, a Georgian bachelor's chest and an exquisite Edwardian inlaid card table with a reasonable hammer price of £1350.
Included in the 24th March sale is a fine collection of 18th century English porcelain, miniature Royal Crown Derby and an extraordinarily rare early 19th century coal table. Also for sale are two Arthur Dooley bronzes and a pair of marble cherubs. Entries for this sale invited until 1st March and items are now accepted for the Sporting & Country Pursuits sale on the 9th April.
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Antiques Hunting Weekends for 2011 now finalised; please contact office for more info.
Our first sale in our new Liverpool saleroom is fast approaching, Wednesday 2nd March. A wide variety of furniture, ceramics, jewellery, silver and many more.