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Sale report: Summer Antiques Auction Thu 3rd June 2021

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With a catalogue boasting over 700 lots and covering pretty much every category from artworks to vintage vehicles, our Summer Antique sale took place on a scorching early June day. The fine weather didn’t deter the bidders from getting online – with some 800 registered across all platforms and 80% of lots selling successfully.
Highlights came thick and fast, represented in pretty much every section of the sale and starting in the Prints & Mixed Media section, where Lot 30 – an assortment of approximately 100 Indian School Mica studies, featuring various characters in colourful traditional dress, sold for an on-estimate £1,200 to a bidder from India their country of origin, despite some examples having losses or damage to the mica. Hot on its heels was Lot 31 – a pair of gouache studies of the Continental School depicting volcanic eruptionsl one entitled 'ERUZIONE DAL EREMITAGGIO DEL l ADRILE 1835'. Framed and glazed, they saw the hammer fall at £400.
The Watercolours & Miniatures section provided a real sleeper in the form of Lot 126 – a watercolour winter street scene signed lower left H. Steggles. Acquired from a Somerset address and believed to have been painted in the 20th Century, it smashed its estimate of £30-50 when it sold for £1,100 to a same named bidder on the internet. Also selling for £1,100 was lot 207 – a framed oil on canvas Singapore coastal scene entitles ‘Singapore early Morning’, signed lower right J.Hughes. Consigned by a vendor from Derbyshire, the painting attracted considerable interest despite the condition report highlighting light paint loss upper right quarter; some slight dents in canvas and the painting generally being in need of a light clean.
The next standout lot was number 277, a Scottish hallmarked silver mounted Sgian-dubh dagger, marked Edinburgh 1913 for Henry Tatton of Rose St, Edinburgh. Bearing a nice Celtic carving to the wooden handle it went on to achieve £480. In the same section man’s best friend bought in the bids with a set of six vintage buttons featuring different breeds of dog, presented in original box, selling for £160 despite not being silver.
It seems the recent trend for mourning jewellery is set to continue, with Lot 345 – an Antique Mourning Ring, set with amethysts and diamonds along with woven hair under a crystal sold for an impressive £1,400 regardless of chip, scratches and general cloudiness to the central stone.
This was soon followed by Lot 378, the undoubted star lot of the sale, in the form of a boxed Tudor Prince Oyster Date Submariner 200 Rolex wristwatch. Complete with box, paperwork from 1989 – including price list and a Rolex calendar card for 1988/89, it went for £4,200 to a trade bidder from London.
In the Silver, Platedware and Metalware section Lot 433 – a hallmarked silver and gilt four branch candelabra – proved the highlight. Dated 1977 by Aurum Ltd, it features a gilt heraldic lion design and sold for £420. Later in the section, Lot 458 – a pair of Art Nouveau style specimen cases, with separate WMF stamped stands and fitted, tapering glass vases with green decoration, fetched £240.
A growing element of our fine art auctions is the Wine, Whisky and Spirits section – and this sale proved no exception, fielding just shy of 20 lots. The top seller this time was Lot 486 – a boxed bottle pf MaCallan 10 years old sherry oak whisky, which sold for £290.
Another sleeper graced the Glass & Ceramics section in the form of Lot 521, a Sevres-type highly gilded cabinet cup and saucer on cobalt blue background with indistinct marks to both cup and saucer. It caused quite a stir among online bidders, selling for £1,200 against its estimate of £50-80.
The Gallic theme continued with Lot 685 – a limited edition (754 of 2,500) Franklin Mint ‘L’Epee Liberty Musical Clock’ made to commemorate the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty. In brass case with silhouette of the Statue of Liberty behind the mercury pendulum the clock plays two national anthem tunes – including the Star Spangled Banner and Marseillaise the clock was complete with paper work stating that Limited Edition Number 1 was presented to President Ronald Regan and Number 2 to President Mitterrand of France. It sold for £1,000.
The final highlight of the catalogue hailed from the Outdoor Effects section – Lot 735, a late 19thC cast metal pedestal garden table, sold for £320.   
Consignments are now being taken for our Autumn Antiques Sale in September. To arrange a free, no obligation valuation email pictures to [email protected] or send via WhatsApp on 07949 603872.
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