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Boasting a catalogue of 610 lots, our recent Spring Sale certainly attracted the bidders

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Boasting a catalogue of 610 lots, our recent Spring Sale certainly attracted the bidders – with over 700 online bidders across the two platforms together with a healthy following in the room. A great collection of silver and jewellery, all from private sellers, brough in the bids as did lots across a diverse range of sections – over 80% sold to bidders from some 16 different countries.
 
When it comes to highlights, the first notable lots came in the art section with Lot 120 – a set of four watercolour/pencil works on a prehistoric theme by the English artist Lawson Wood (1878-1957). Typical of his humorous style, topics include 'The First Bicycle' and 'After Dinner, Rest Awhile', featuring prehistoric human characters and dinosaurs in comedic situations. Signed, oak framed and glazed, they hailed from a local deceased estate and saw the hammer fall at £800. 
 
Next up were two far more conservative works from a private estate in Eccleshall – Lot 150, an oil on canvas street scene entitled 'Paris La Republique', signed lower left by Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988) and Lot 151 – a pastoral scene entitled 'In Primrose Time 1893' by Edward Wilkins Waite (1854-1924). The paintings each achieved £3,000 – proving that there is still a market for traditional oil paintings.
 
Other highlights of this section included Lot 168 – an unsigned English naive school study of a dog with landscape beyond, unsigned and framed which sold for £650 and Lot 187, a framed oil on canvas depiction of ‘Fisherfolk on the coast’ that was discovered during a house clearance in Wolverhampton. Signed William Shayer Snr (1787-1879) and dated 1845, it comes with certificate of authenticity from Sygun Museum of Wales (20/4/2011) and went on to sell for £1,000.
 
The jewellery section saw strong prices across the board, with two lots in particular standing out. Lot 277, a hallmarked white and yellow gold diamond and amethyst set sunburst brooch (hallmarks indistinct, but probably 18ct) which went for £850. Meanwhile Lot 283 – an 18ct and platinum gem set ring with large yellow central stone and diamond set shoulders – sold for £1,200. 
 
Watches, as ever, performed well – Lot 312, an 18ct gold ladies’ Omega wristwatch fetched £700, as did Lot 315 – a hallmarked 9ct gold Longines Flagship automatic wristwatch. Carrying the prestigious Rolex brand name, it came as little surprise when Lot 317 – a vintage gold Gent’s Rolex wristwatch – went for £1,300.
 
Silver also saw very strong prices, with highlights including Lot 332 – a limited edition silver goblet by Nigel Lawrence (London 1972), commemorating the 1947-1972 Silver Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. A limited edition (No. 41/100), with Galerie Jean Renet certificate of authenticity signed by the silversmith and presented in its original fitted case, the lot was especially poignant given QEII’s passing in 2022; selling for £650. 
 
Also in the silver section Lot 355 – a novelty pair of silver ‘gardening trugs’ by James Dison & Sin, Sheffield 1909, went for £110 while Lot 354, a six place setting canteen of hallmarked silver Kings’ pattern cutlery by Chawner & Co, having pieces by George Adams 1845 and Mary Chawner 1839, all engraved with the letter S, fetched £950. Lot 359, a hallmarked silver salver by Roberts & Dore ltd, Sheffield 1945, with thistle crest to centre sold for £550 and last – but by no means least – of the silver highlights, Lot 374 – a collection of Arabic 800 stamped silver teaware sold for £750. 
 
In ceramics, the undoubted star of the show was Lot 456 – a hand painted Royal Worcester cabinet plate featuring a still life study of fruit on a mossy bank, by J. Skerrett, signed mid to lower right – which achieved £320. Meanwhile Lot 503 – a WW2 Japanese Samurai Katana Sword with alloy handle, steel saya and leather sheath caught the eye of collectors and sold for £420. 
 
Perhaps the most unusual lot of the sale was Lot 529 – a large and fine example of a mammoth tooth – which sold for £220. Shortly after this ‘mammoth’ surprise came Lot 542 – a rather cool original Austin J40 pedal car. In original, unrestored condition this stunning little car is finished in red with chrome fixtures and fittings. Complete with headlights, engine interior, steering wheel, dials, leather bench seat and carrying the registration plate 'D W 1 F' it caused something of a stir among bidders, with the hammer finally falling at an impressive £2,700. 
 
Also getting collectors hot under the collar was Lot 559 – a rare 19th Century 8-day cuckoo clock in octagonal mahogany case, which sold for £1,000. Lot 566, meanwhile was consigned by a previous happy vendor – this impressive early 19th century gilt and composition wall mirror, with fine Rococo styling, fetched £1,300.
 
The final few stars of the sale prove that there is still a decent market for ‘brown’ and traditional furniture. Lot 537, a George III walnut secretaire tallboy, went for £2,100 and Lot 601 – a lovely Georgian oak dresser – sold for £750, while Lot 607 – a large, upholstered open armchair in the style of Howard & Sons, fetched £1,500.
 
We are now taking consignments for our Summer Sale – for a free, no obligation valuation please email [email protected] 
 
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