Autumn Fine Sale 2021 Sale Report

11/01/2022     Latest News, Antiques

The last Fine sale of the year did the usual in keeping us on our toes and coming together close enough to the closing date to put us under a bit of pressure. However, deadlines are what running an auction house is all about! This auction was notable for the inclusion of a number of unusual collections and once again the saleroom looked fabulous, featuring as it did such a wide range of fascinating and very unusual lots.

Our thanks should go to the Saleroom co-ordinator and her team, for making such a spectacular display. The most amazing look was that of a collection of African furniture and artifacts entered by a local client who had lived and worked for many years in West Africa. Also featuring in this sale was a collection of modern art, mostly by contemporary artist Neil Canning, and this group of lots was unusually viewed in a separate gallery space off the main room. Jewellery featured strongly together with good Welsh and other art, watches, and a big local collection of Staffordshire pottery flat back figures, all included with our more usual selection of furniture clocks, textiles, pottery and porcelain and even a group of vintage Rocking Horses!


Leading lots in this sale included a fine diamond halo ring (£10,800 inc premium), another diamond solitaire ring (£7,800 inc premium), an oil painting by Donald McIntyre of a Scottish landscape (£5,880 inc premium), a Kyffin Williams watercolours “Evening Tal y Sarn” which made £4,080 inc premium and another good Welsh picture by Gwilym Pritchard,oils,”Garn Llidi” which was knocked down at £3,480 inc premium. An unusual large brass ecclesiastical lectern made £2,760 inc premium, only the second seen in these rooms in over 20 years and clocks were led by a good Welsh single train regulator longcase from a Cardiganshire home which exceeded estimate at £2,400 inc premium.

The African lots were led by a large carved wooden Nimba people village figure which was knocked down at £2,400 inc premium and a Rolex Oyster steel wrist watch made £1,920 inc premium. A modern glass topped table with base in the form of a mermaid smashed(!) all its expectations to bring £1,800 including premium sold with a set of matching chairs. Viewed from a photograph and more suited to a terrace in Spain than west Wales it was nearly rejected as it was so difficult to guess a value on and was from a home a good way from the saleroom. With Christmas approaching it was probably not surprising that a good early 20th century Rocking Horse, called Hercules by his family, was sold for £1,320, no doubt a special Christmas present for a lucky child! Overall an excellent third Fine sale of the year which was exceedingly well received and achieved near to £200 thousand pounds all in on the day,reflecting reward for much hard work and expertise.

As we head into 2022 we are lining up a full calendar of more than 25 sales and hope not to miss sales due to the pandemic this year. The next Fine sale is 30th March 2022 and lots are already being accepted.This sale will include classic vehicles ,with a 1955 Morris Minor already consigned. (as old as the boss!)




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