A Strong Start to 2018

Posted in: News on January 24, 2018.

2018 got off to a busy start for us with a very successful January sale. Quality silver continues to sell well with a George III silver entrée dish and cover by Paul Storr going for an inevitable £4500. Another George III item, this time a silver ewer by Hester Bateman, sold for £1850.

A George V part-service of silver flatware was hammered down at £1000 while a very pleasing pair of Liberty & Co. Cymric vases designed by Oliver Baker sold for £800.

The Coin department had a near hundred percent sale rate, with the top lot a Royal Mint William Shakespeare 5 ounce gold proof £10 coin flying out of the saleroom for £4500. A Tudor Age 5 oz. fine gold coin, commemorating Henry VIII, sold for £4000. Two mint 1967 50th anniversary South African gold Krugerrand coins sold for £1200 and £1100 respectively.

As ever, jewellery gained some top prices, with diamonds being particularly strong. An 18ct white gold and diamond line necklace sold for £3400. A lovely diamond Boodles ring in white, yellow and rose gold sold for £1600 and another white gold and solitaire diamond ring went for £1200. A gorgeous Art Deco style white metal, diamond and emerald bracelet sold for £2500, while an 18ct yellow gold and champagne diamond ring was hammered down at £2900. Mmm, champagne…


Could 2018 be the renaissance of brown furniture? The furniture department certainly performed well on Saturday. Top seller was a beautiful 17th century oak dropleaf gateleg table, going for £2900 after a bidding war that spanned both online platforms, a number of staff on telephones and room bids! An early 19th century Dutch marquetry chest sold for £950, while the pair of 19th century Sheraton style cane seated open armchairs sold above estimate for £780.

A firm staff favourite in Furniture was the hidden door oak panel disguised as a book shelf. What mysteries could be hidden behind it, the small child in us wonders…!

This very same inner child was also pretty excited by the collection of assorted model railway paraphernalia, translating into notable online interest and a winning bid of £1000!


Clocks and Watches saw a late 19th century mahogany cased bracket clock by Barnsdale selling for £1600. The Jaegar le Coultre mechanical Memovox alarm gold plated wristwatch proved very popular at viewing and unsurprisingly sold for £600.


In Art, Franz Richard Untenberger’s Capri went under the hammer for £1500. A finely detailed 19th century French School oil depicting Catherine de Medici persuading her son to sign a declaration with the Huguenots sold for £1400.

A 19th century portrait of Nelson sold above estimate at a strong £800.

Asian Art saw Chinese celadon sell well, but it was the Japanese Meiji period ivory okimono of a boy feeding chicks that gained a top price of £800.

Overall, January has been a very busy start to the year. the diary is already full of house clearances and client valuations. We look forward to an exciting 2018, getting to know all of our wonderful clients better, and meeting new ones. We will continue to bring you an amazing collection of items every month, from far and wide. Our next sale is on the 24th of February. We look forward to seeing you all there.

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