The day started with ceramics and glass, a section with somewhat less depth than normal but nevertheless with its moments. An early lot was a John Ridgway ‘Imperial Stone China’ dinner service of forty five pieces which in spite of robust use in the last 170 years reached £580. A parian ware bust of local industrialist Sir Titus Salt 22” high including plinth found £520, and a pair of Meissen figures Gardener and Companion sold for £750. A series of eighteen 19th century frog mugs in a varying degree of repair from a collector in Lancashire sold well, the best prices being £300 each for two mugs, one with the Sunderland Bridge, the other with the ‘Iron Bridge’ of 1796. From the same collection was a Ralph Wood type pearlware toby jug c.1780 9” high, without a lid and with considerable restoration which nevertheless realised £660. A pair of 4” wide Royal Worcester miniature cups and saucers painted with Kingfishers by E Barker rose to £660, and a Shelley Vogue fifteen piece coffee service found £600.
The glass section sported one major item, a Lalique vase in ‘Cerises’ pattern opalescent glass which sold above estimate at £1400.
Silver, in spite of the rise of raw metal prices, still batted away in traditional mode, with only small unusual pieces rising above melt price. A rectangular tray dated 1943 of 41ozs reached £480 (or £11.70 per ounce), a George III teapot dated 1792 by G Smith and T Hayter of 16 1/4ozs, found £420 (or £25.7 per ounce), and a Victorian 12” hunting horn of 1899 reached £140 (or £93.3 per ounce). In contrast, two large flatware services complete with cabinet made canteens, selling at £1,200 and £1,250 could only make £6 per ounce plus the furniture value.
In contrast, but really getting no further up the scale, the gold shot away to match the current value of the raw metal, raising a total of £16,500. Sovereigns were fetching £90 - £100 each, in contrast with £60 only a matter of months ago. Krugerands and other forms of 1ozs fine gold were reaching £400 each, and at the top of the range, an Australian ‘Platinum Koala’ set of five coins weighing 1.9ozs sold for £2,900.
The watches included a standard 18ct gold half hunter which reflected the same effect by selling at £500.
Jewellery was the usual tussle with items selling selectively to very idiosyncratic demand. Of seven four figure prices, the most notable were a diamond and sapphire pendant at £2,000, a very traditional diamond set flower brooch with large central opal at £1,800, and a most unusual late 20th century triple ring set including a central ring with single diamond of 1.75cts, which sold at £2,300.
The afternoon started with the pictures which have always sold selectively irrespective of the state of the economy. The catalogue front cover picture showed the top price of the sale, a typical semi-abstract watercolour Study of ‘Village and Church France’ by John Piper which produced the best price of the sale at £5,800.
Within the oil paintings, a study of River Scene with Cattle Watering by David Payne found £1,350.
The Yorkshire artists generally performed well in general, with Brian Shields (Braaq) producing a pencil Street Scene at £1750, and an oil Industrial Townscape with boating pond in the foreground reached £5,600.
More traditionally, Yorkshire oils included a small Harvesting Scene at Nesfield, Ilkley by Herbert Royle at £2,100, a View of the Lledr Valley by William Henry Mander £2,800, and a small pair of Yorkshire Woodland River Views by William Mellor 18’ x 12’, selling for £5,000.
A small series of paintings by recently deceased Dales painter Sheila Bownas including portraits and still lifes was led by a ‘Garden in Summer with Greenhouse’, 1950, 47” x 35”, which sold well at £1850. The remainder of this studio sale will follow on July 2nd.
A brief interlude of works of art and curios including a fine pewter baluster jug and three others selling at £1,100, and a beautiful English (probably South Staffordshire) enamel toilet box decorated with figures which found £950.
The furniture and clocks section produced almost palpable manifestations of trade bidders desperate to buy but unable to bid because of fears of the ruthless current market. A reasonable clock section produced no longcases over £1,000 but, because of rarity, a Continental singing bird box in tortoiseshell case reached £2,200 and another standard comb and drum musical box, with bells sold at £1,100. The best clock was a mantel timepiece by J Berry, Aberdeen, with repeater movement which reached £1,250.
The best furniture prices were scattered throughout the age range. The youngest was a mid 20th century adzed oak bedroom suite by the ‘King Post’ man, no doubt originally apprenticed to the ‘Mouseman’ which found £1,600. Another bedroom suite this time typical in Edwardian inlaid mahogany, found £1,200. Victorian pieces included a Steinway walnut cased upright piano at £1,800, a rosewood circular centre table at £1,000 and an eye catching Boulle and ebonised pier cabinet at £1,300.
The Georgian oak produced the most enthusiasm with an oak enclosed dresser with four drawers flanked by two cupboards 61“ wide reaching £2,000, a similar but more prosaic item reaching £1,700, and a fine coloured oak panelled press cupboard 66” wide which passed its upper estimate to sell for £2,300.comments powered by Disqus