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2022 in review: A look back at some of our favourite lots…

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As we’re back in the sale room preparing for another busy year of auctions, we thought we’d take a look back at 2022, in particular at some of our favourite lots from across the year.
 
2022 was some year – seeing us return to something close to normal with face to face valuations and bidders welcomed back to viewings and in the room bidding following the unprecedented changed bought about by the pandemic. It was great to feel the buzz of a full saleroom once again, but equally encouraging to see that bids via the internet, telephone and commission remained strong despite the return to ‘normal’.
 
We started the year on a high following a fantastic December Winter Antiques Auction, which had seen some 194 lots from the Giffard family’s Chillington Hall consigned following an attic clearance, with items including taxidermy, tribal art, musical instruments and antique weaponry all going under the hammer. The first real highlight of 2022 came on the 19th January, when Lot 289 – a badly broken vintage clock – selling for £800 despite the condition report stating “The movement appears to be complete but we can give no guarantee. The case is badly damaged with many losses, it is not complete”!
 
The early part of the year was incredibly busy as we prepared for our March Spring Art Sale in Penkridge, which spread over two days due to the consignment of a significant, single-owner art collection. Dominating the first day of the sale, this collection alone amassed in excess of £55,000.
 
We were honoured to have several other exceptional collections consigned for sale with us throughout the year – including a large collection of railway-related items in the March Homes & Antiques Sale at Wolverhampton, the book collection of trailblazing adult education and women’s rights campaigner, Prof. Lalage Bown, which went under the hammer at Wolverhampton in September and ‘The Dunston Collection’ of postage stamps which, consigned toward the end of the year, is set to come under the hammer in a specialist sale in Penkridge on 28th February 2023.
 
In terms of individual star lots, we saw a truly diverse range of items pass through the sale rooms – both in Penkridge and Wolverhampton. Picking out individual highlights has certainly not been easy with so much to choose from, but here goes (in no particular order)…
 
Lot 146 – a Continental School oil on canvas scene of wooded landscape with two putti hunting dogs and dead game. Unsigned and unframed – SOLD £2,400 (Spring Antique Auction) 
 
Lot 694 – a diamond set Oyster Perpetual Datejust Rolex wristwatch – complete with Rolex box and outer box – SOLD £3,200 (Spring Antique Auction) 
 
Lot 973 – a large, ornate triple fusee musical table clock retailed by Goldsmiths Co, 112 Regent Street – SOLD £1,100 (Spring Antique Auction) 
 
Lot 322 – THREE TRAYS OF IRWELL PRESS RAILWAY INTEREST BOOKS TO INCLUDE 'THE BOOK OF RAILWAY BYLINES ANNUAL', 'BRITISH RAILWAYS ILLUSTRATED' ETC. (APPROX. 100) SOLD £600 (March Homes & Antiques Auction, Wolverhampton) 
 
Lot 247 – A TRAY CONTAINING FOURTEEN SPARKS CARS INCLUDING PORSCHE 917/20, 9FFGT9, PORSCHE 911 GT3R, PAGANI ZONDA CINQUE ROADSTER, LOTUS 25 BRM, PORSCHE 935, PORSCHE 904, PORSCHE 964 CARRERA. JAGUAR XJ 220, PORSCHE 911 GT3R, PORSCHE 907, PORSCHE 936 ETC.  (14)  – SOLD £420
                        
Lot 1020, a collection of eight assorted tribal clubs, spears and a fly whisk – SOLD £5,500 (Summer Antique Auction) 
 
Lot 914 – a ceramic depiction of a family of mice in a rowing boat, modelled by George Tinworth for Doulton, impressed and signed with monogram to base and dated 1886. Entitled ‘The Cockneys at Brighton’ SOLD £3,800. (Summer Antique Auction)
 
Lot 605 – an Explorer II Oyster Perpetual Date Superlative Perpetual Chronometer men’s wristwatch achieved £5,500 (Summer Antique Auction)
 
Lot 166, a 17th Century Italian School oil on canvas depicting ‘Cephalus and Procris’ which SOLD £7,500 (Autumn Antique Auction) 
 
Lot 491 – an Austrian gold 100 Corona coin, dated 1915 and featuring Hasburg Franz Joseph SOLD £1,150 (Autumn Antique Auction) 
 
Lot 415 – A PRESENTATION BOX 1990 BOTTLING OF MIDLETON VERY RARE IRISH WHISKEY – SIGNED TO THE BOTTLE BY BARRY CROCKETT, complete with 'invitation detailing this as bottle number 10849 together with a certificate of authenticity – SOLD £1,000 (Winter Antique Auction) 
 
Lot347 – LUENWO SHANGHAI – A CHINESE SILVER BOWL ON STAND, decorated with a floral design, marks to base, approx weight 750g, Dia 21 cm – SOLD £1,000 (Winter Antique Auction)
 
Lott 293 – AN 18 CARAT WHITE GOLD 1.72 CARAT MARQUISE AND PRINCESS CUT DIAMOND RING, complete with AGI certificate stating diamonds to be Colour f-g and clarity VS, ring size Q – SOLD £4,200 (Winter Antique Auction)
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