Sale report: Wed 13th January 2020 Antique & Interiors @ Penkridge
Tuesday, 19 January, 2021
The first online sale of 2021 proved popular with more bidders than normal registered online and prices across the board up on average. Our drive to improve the quality and quantity of catalogue photographs to cater for online viewing only seems to have been a hit, as was the offer to store items for free for clients who are unable to collect due to self-isolating, and has had a good uptake.
The undoubted star of the sale was Lot 794, A RETRO TEAK CASED ‘GARRARD MODEL 301’ RADIOGRAMME WITH STELLAPHONE REEL 2 REEL PLAYER which, hailing from a local estate in Rugeley took an impressive £2,400 with premium – despite its part-plywood construction!
The trend for Mid-Century Modern styling continued as the hammer fell on Lots 779 & 780 – an E. GOMME FOR G-PLAN RETRO FOUR DRAWER CHEST and an E. GOMME FOR G-PLAN RETRO DRESSING TABLE achieved a combined £440. Considering this would likely have ended up in a skip 10 years ago, it proves just how changing trends can drive up values and other items in the sale hailing from the period - including Ercol furniture, a 'HARVEY GUZZINI' retro light fitting and general retro-styled furniture also performed strongly.
Another ‘traditional’ area that is performing well is Royal Albert tea ware – on this occasion Lot 120 and Lot 183, each comprising two trays of various ‘Old Country Roses’ pattern tea ware, sold for £400 and £450 respectively.
Illustrating the diversity of lots that pass through our fortnightly sales was Lot 564 – two plastic toolboxes and a wooden box filled with a range of tool bits. The type of thing plenty of households have loitering somewhere in the back of their garage, it fetched a surprising £170.
Somewhat more glamorous was Lot 17 – A MIXED MEDIA STUDY ON PAPER ENTITLED 'THE BIG APPLE', After Andy Warhol, which achieved £140 thanks to its connections to the great modern name, while Lot 40 – a CIRCLE OF LAURENCE STEPHEN LOWRY PENCIL SKETCH OF A STREET SCENE ENTITLED 'SALFORD' – achieved £290.
Lot 278 bucked the trend for Georgian bureaus – currently not that popular, this example sold for £230 – although the fact that it is a miniature apprentice piece, measuring just 21cm high x 17.5cm wide, probably means novelty factor played a good part in its appeal.
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