Sale Report 21st March Fine Sale

22/03/2018     Latest News, Antiques, Jewellery



The Spring Fine Sale in Carmarthen offered an interesting selected and very varied inventory to choose from. Despite only running to just under 300 lots the sale brought home in excess of £132,000*. The day was led, probably predictably, by a step cut 3.5 carat diamond ring at £18,000*. Less predictable was the Pedrazzini violin which smashed its estimate to realise £7800*.

A good collection of clocks from various homes was led by a rare museum quality longcase clock made in Llanfair Caereinion near Welshpool. The maker of this 30 hour brass faced cottage clock was Samuel Roberts who was a self-taught clock make (originally a farmer), who died in 1800. All his clocks interestingly were numbered. Consigned from a home in Port Talbot, this engendered great interest and left its estimate far behind to realise £7800*. Other clocks fared well, especially a large bracket clock from the early 1900’s which realised £2520* against an estimate of around £1000.

Furniture was notable buoyant and showed a pleasing improvement, although estimates were cautious on the day. Top price realised was for an ebonised credenza set with semi-precious stones which far exceeded its estimate after competition from France, to realise £2520*. A very nice French Cherrywood kitchen table followed the trend and realised £1920* against an estimate of less than half that. An unusual Hall Porters chair well exceeded expectation making £1440* all in and an interesting 19th Century Gillows of Lancaster wine table made £1800*.

A small section of lots by artist Neville Weston (mainly of Australian interest) sold steadily in the middle £100’s with an overall total of £5820*. Further offerings of paintings by this artist will follow in the coming months. Other art including works by Kyffin Williams, Aneurin Jones, William Powell Frith and James Salt were all well received with a top price of £2040*.

Silver and watches were well contested, with a diamond set watch realising £1920* and an 18th Century silver teapot released £1800*. A W.M.F pewter inkwell in form of a speedboat realised £1560* after a long contest. The sale rounded off with a very decrepit Ariel 500ccs motorbike and sidecar making £2880* and a horse drawn Phaeton appeared good value at £422*, especially if you have a couple of ponies to draw it!

A good day in the saleroom which seems to bode well for the year ahead as we head into Spring and leave the cold behind. Our next sale is just after the Easter break on the 4th April and looks like a big one, probably well over 700 lots. It will be ready online for you to view over the Easter holidays. Sales continue every fortnight throughout the year.


Nigel Hodson

Peter Francis Auctioneers Ltd




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