January Auction Sale Report
Posted in: News on January 25, 2019.
With a saleroom full of a wide variety of fine art, antiques and collectables, our January auction was bound to be an exciting start to the year for our buyers and sellers alike.
The sale started off with a collection of vintage toys discovered in a property near Southampton. Including mostly Corgi and Dinky toy cars and vehicles from the 1950s and 60s, this first 100 lots of the sale saw strong bidding both in the saleroom and online. With toy collectors turning up in their droves, we were able to complete a ‘white glove’ result for the collection, selling for a total of £14,000 with not a single one unsold.
Highlights included a mixed lot of diecast vehicles, that were largely Corgi and Magic Roundabout toys along with a Beatles Yellow Submarine, sold above estimate at £550. Whilst a collection of film and television diecast vehicles, including James Bond, Batman and Thunderbirds sold for £400.
Next up was furniture and it would appear that the market for antique furniture is still buoyant. From a house in London, a fine George IV rosewood and marquetry games table sold for £2,300. It was particularly sought after not only for its fine quality, but the addition of a rare 12×12 Kings chess board, in addition to the more common 8×8 square chess board, making this quite an unusual piece. A pair of comfortable leather wing armchairs were also much sought after, selling for £2,000.
Gerald Cooper RA (1897-1975) was a member of Wimbledon School of Art, his typical pieces are floral still lives and a scene of Poppies sold for £1,800, but it was a much rarer work of his that really showed the strength of the 20th century British art market. His charming work entitled ‘The Woodcutter’s’ and depicting workers with carthorses saw a number of bidders competing, finally selling to a telephone bidder for £9,800. Discovered in a local Berkshire home, the strong result left a big smile on the delighted vendors face, sitting in the audience. The paintings department saw some strong prices overall, with over 100 paintings and drawings in the sale, other highlights included a signed L.S. Lowry print ‘The Notice Board’ which sold for £1,200 and a collection of three Pablo Picasso signed prints from the Vollard Suite sold for £4,800.
Strong results were also seen in the Asian Art department. A beautiful 19th century Chinese powder blue gilt and ceramic rouleau vase sold for £3,900 and a large 19th century Chinese Canton enamel punch bowl also sold for £3,900, with competing bids from China and the UK.
Rounding off the day, saw 200 lots of jewellery and watches come under the hammer. Jewellery is one of our strongest departments and an Art Deco style platinum and diamond bracelet was keenly contested, selling for £4,900, and a Cartier 18ct gold chronograph wristwatch sold for £6,000.
Other notable highlights of the sale included a mid 20th century Russian modernist bronze of an archer after Vera Mukina (1899-1953) which sold for £2,900, a 19th century portrait of a gentleman at £2,600, and a Maltese silver four piece teaset on tray which sold for £1,800.
Over the course of a whole day of bidding, the team sold nearly 800 lots, ranging from Dinky Toys to British masterpieces, starting the year as we mean to go on. If you are interested in consigning a collection or single item for one of our upcoming 2019 sales, please do get in touch for a free no-obligation valuation.