8/03/2017 Latest News, Antiques
The March Fine Art & Antiques Sale in Carmarthen came in like a lamb with a small catalogue of selected items only totalling some 275 lots, some way down on recent similar auctions. However, despite concerns about this, the auctioneers are delighted to report that it roared away like a lion on the day!
Across the board all categories were very well received with furniture being close to a sell-out, paintings, especially the Welsh Art really doing well, jewellery keenly contested and other areas including militaria and Chinese porcelain performing well. The final total on the day well exceeding expectations and was enhanced by further sales after the auction.
Furniture was led by a fine Edwardian Serpentine Cabinet at £4936 (inclusive of premium), followed by a 19th Century primitive comb back elbow chair that surpassed expectations to realise £2318 (inclusive of premium). The Welsh Art was headed by what the auctioneers believe to be a record price for a Carey Morris work when a portrait of a girl at a well in oils realised £3538 (inclusive of premium), having been estimated at £1500-2000. A fine collection of paintings by Valerie Ganz from a Warwickshire Estate but originally bought locally, realised a total of £9500 plus premium on the day, and a Donald McIntyre oils came in at £2000 plus premium. 20th Century Welsh art continues to be very saleable in the present market. A French work by Marcel Mouly in oils also made £3538 inclusive to a French buyer.
Jewellery did well led by a gold Bishops pectoral Cross at £1100 plus premium, a Kashan carpet made £1000 and the militaria was led by an 18th Century converted flintlock pistol, now percussion, by Nock of London at £800.
Overall an exceptional day with a low percentage of unsold lots and good prices across the board due to an encouraging response from local and internet bidders.
Lots are already to hand for the 31st May Fine Art Sale and entries will be accepted until the end of April. Special commission rates apply on high value individual items. Our fortnightly Antiques, Furnishings & Collectables sales continue and are very buoyant at present. Next sale is 22nd March.
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