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Autumn Antique Sale Report: Thursday 2nd September

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Boasting a catalogue of over 800 lots, our online only Autumn Antique sale once again attracted an international audience of bidders; with some 700 registered across the bidding platforms.
The extensive art sections provided the first highlights; followed thick and fast by lots attracting significant bids across a diverse range of fields. With everything from modernist nudes to collectable miniatures, landscapes to impressionist oils represented it was two rather traditional compositions that stood out in terms of paintings. The first – lot 131 – a rocky coastal scene rendered in watercolour by the early 20th C Isle of Man artist William Hogget was bang within the estimate when it achieved £600. Meanwhile Lot 287 – an oil on board by the Victorian artist Robert Binks featuring a charming woodland scene with two fox terriers at a rabbit hole and entitled ‘A Quick Exit’ – saw the hammer fall at £2,500 when it sold to a buyer from The Wirral.
Another slice of Victoriana to attract the bids was Lot 352 – a letter from the inimitable Florence Nightingale to John Murdoch L.L.D. replying to his recommendations of various pamphlets: (1) How to have healthy villages, (2) Value of pure water, (3) Importance of cleanliness, (4) Fevers, their causes etc., (5) Cholera and bowel complaints – which caused something of a stir among collectors and eventually sold for £350 to a bidder from Wiltshire.
The jewellery section saw impressive figures across the board, with three lots in particular standing out. Lot 501 – a cased Victorian yellow metal seed pearl and cabochon set parure with brooch, earrings and bangle – proved something of a sleeper; fetching £1,600 against its estimate of £100-200 (despite the pieces carrying some obvious damage and the condition report clearly stating the set had not been tested as gold). Lot 539 – a hallmarked platinum diamond solitaire ring with a brilliant cut stone estimated at 1.55 carats saw the hammer fall at £3,500 and Lot 555 – a Hallmarked 18 CT old cut diamond solitaire ring with a good coloured stone of approx 1.62ct went for £3,800.
The Silver, Platedware & Metalware section provided the next star lot – in the form of Lot 655, a bronze sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn entitled ‘Mother Earth’ which achieved £1,500. The following lot was another Quinn sculpture from the same private home 10 minutes from the saleroom that went to the same South Coast buyer at £1000.The glass and ceramics section also proffered some highlights – notably Lot 712, an Aynsley hand painted cabbage rose pattern cup & saucer which went for a massive £900 to a bidder from London – despite light stippling to gilding glaze on cup interior and saucer and crazing to both sides of saucer. More modern in style, Lot 726 – a Troika pottery lamp base in the form of a factory, carrying the painted anagrams for the studio and artist Jane Fitzgerald to the base, went for £600.This lot came from a privately consigned collection of Troika that totalled £ 2500. Last, but by no means least, of the ceramics highlights was Lot 731 – a Clarice Cliff Bizarre Fantastique covered powder dish, hand decorated in the Blue Autumn pattern and carrying printed backstamp, sold for £400 in spite of the condition report picking up a chip to lid handle, underglaze chip to base, wear to the painted decoration and cracks to the glaze on lid.
The next highlight came in the form of a lot that tells the tale of an intrepid female traveller from the turn of the 20th Century. Born and raised in Wales, Emily Sibley moved to Brownhills at the age of 22 to live with her mother and entered domestic service. So far, so normal for an early 20thCentury working-class girl – however, in 1907, following the death of an employer from which she may have inherited some money, Esther’s story takes a fascinating turn. On 24th September 1907 she boarded the SS Carmenia at Liverpool and sailed to America, her destination stated as Arizona. For a woman to travel solo during this period was unusual and, during her trip, Esther amassed a significant collection of Native American artefacts whilst documenting her adventure through photographs and postcards. It seems the journey ignited Esther’s wanderlust rather than sating it, as seven years later – on 14th March 1914 – she sailed again on SS Carmenia from Liverpool to the US.
Lot 760 comprised the legacy of Esther’s travels; a collection of Native American Tribal Art believed mainly to relate to the Navajo tribe. It attracted considerable interest from bidders from America and saw the hammer fall at £2,400 but to a local bidder from Madeley in Staffordshire!. This wasn’t the only Tribal Art lot to bring in the bids – Lot 784, a vintage austral/ceremonial paddle, probably South Pacific and featuring intricate carving sold to a bidder from Cheltenham for an impressive £1,400.
Back with more traditional antiques, Lot 798 – a large Oak-cased bracket clock by Winterholder & Hofmeiner, with a Westminster/Whittington gong strike movement sold for £700. Lot 894 – a pair of Arts & Crafts five-branch electroliers, saw the hammer fall at £1,600 and Lot 833 – an Antique Oak Baronial-style armchair with carved heraldic and mask detail throughout; arms terminating in hairy paw scrolled detail went for £300.
The full catalogue, along with hammer prices for all lots, can be found at Consignments are now being taken for our Winter Antiques Auction – please email [email protected] with image of lots or to arrange a valuation by appointment.
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