August Sale Report

Posted in: News on October 3, 2017.

What a sale.

We had some incredibly good results for August’s auction, in part thanks to an exciting consignment from the estate of the late gallery owner Anthony Basil Vivian Tooth. Top seller from this consignment and in fact in the whole sale was a beautiful suite of Anglo-Indian carved hardwood chairs. With every spare staff member assigned to a telephone bidder, the chairs sold after a fierce war for an outstanding £26000. A similar suite from the same estate sold for £6400. The Tooth collection also saw a number of Polynesian Island paddles and war clubs consigned to the saleroom. Although all four of the intricately carved pieces gained a good amount of interest, it was the Tongan war club that brought out the warrior in you lot, finally selling for a strong £8000. This was followed by a 19th century Dayak paddle, which sold for £1700. Three lovely pieces of furniture by Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906) from the estate also sold well, their prices ranging between £850 and £5000. Another lovely lot of furniture to sell well was a late 19th century black lacquered chinoiserie cabinet,  leaving the saleroom at £2000.

Continuing in this eastern strain, a pair of two handled Japanese Meiji period bronze vases sold well at £1800. A large pair of late 19th century Chinese carved hardwood jardinière stands with inset marble tops sold for the same price. Faring from slightly closer afield was a late 18th century Welsh oak dresser which gained a good bit of interest and sold for £1500. This was followed closely by the William IV mahogany window seat, selling for £1400.

Another best seller was the beautiful Indo-Portuguese Gujurat mother-of-pearl and silver mounted bowl together with a further brass mounted shallow dish. These museum worthy pieces were coveted worldwide, translating into a multitude of online and telephone bidders. Although we were sad to see our favourite lot of the sale leave our hands, we are delighted with the £22000 result!

Our sale certainly piqued the interest of coin collectors nationwide. The top price for a small collection of commemorative platinum and silver coins made £3600. A George II 1738 22ct gold 2 guinea coin making £3200. Two London 2012 Olympics 22ct gold five pound coins dated 2009 and 2010 sold for £2000, highlighting the continuing strength of gold in the current market.

Perhaps it is appropriate to bring the Jewellery Department in at this point, with the top seller a gold sovereign coin bracelet inset with six full sovereigns, selling for £2000. A Theo Fennel 18ct white gold, diamond and peridot cocktail ring sold for £1800. Next top seller in jewellery was the 18ct white gold and diamond ring for £1500. A 1974 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just automatic wristwatch was our top watch, selling for the same £1500.

Sticking with the precious metals, a George III William Chawner Old English pattern silver cutlery set sold for a good £1600. A large 9ct yellow gold cigarette case with engine turned decoration went for £1550.  This was closely followed by another canteen, selling for £1400.

The Lalique Ondines opalescent glass stand and bowl decorated with ephemeral female nudes shone in one of our saleroom cabinets, drawing everyone’s eyes with its subtle luminescence. This sold for £2500, alongside the six Coquille patterned side plates of the same make (making £1250). On a slightly different note but equally as strong selling was a huge consignment of Lladro, nearly every piece sold above estimate.

The sale of Cuthbert Edmund Swan’s Zanzinbar Lion was a roaring success (sorry…), selling for £2100. This was closely followed by a large portrait of a moustachioed and wild haired gentleman (possibly the love child of Mark Twain and Albert Einstein) which left the saleroom at a healthy £2000. A gorgeous Allan Douglas Davidson female nude standing in semi-profile was our favourite painting, and went for £1600. We’ll miss her. But who will we miss most? Well it’s got to be George the crocodile.


Disproving the old notion that August can be a quiet month, we are absolutely delighted with our sale results, and ever more excited for the future of our fledgling saleroom. Our next sale will be on the 23rd September. We are taking consignments both for this sale and our Rare Books and Stamps sale on the 28th October. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

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