Sale Report 31st May

15/06/2017     Latest News, Vintage Vehicles, Antiques


The hugely varied May catalogue of Antiques & Fine Arts engendered significant pre-sale interest across a wide variety of sections from all around the world.  This resulted in a record number of on-line registered bidders, in excess of 350 on one platform, with a second new platform also on line that day.

Leading the day on this occasion was a Classic Car from a deceased Estate in Gwent.  The well preserved and restored 1951 Alvis TA21 ran beautifully and drove away from the saleroom having realised an inclusive price of £10,590, to a new enthusiastic owner from Swansea.  

Perhaps the most keenly contested lot on the day was a collection of marine ephemera from a local attic, relating to a Mumbles sea farer and RNLI secretary, particularly including two small photographs of the SS TITANIC, leaving Southampton on 15th April 1912.  The vendor did not realise he had them and modest expectations of a few hundred pounds evaporated on the day with the hammer falling at £5,828 inclusive of premium, to a commission bid from England against internet competition, particularly from the US.    

Jewellery was well contested as it usually is and was led by a snake necklace garniture in gold with garnet cabouchon stones which realised £4,092 premium inclusive, despite having been rejected by a  London auction house as of little value!           

Welsh Art had a mixed day against expectations, showing cautious bidding perhaps influenced by the forthcoming election, but led predictably by a Kyffin Williams oils, rather dark and not large, at £3,000 plus premium.  Furniture was encouraging although still offering some good value, led on the day by an 18th Century cabinet on chest which exceeded expectations by realising £3,224 all inclusive, a piece that not long ago might have made £5,000 plus at auction.  Oriental ceramics were led by a pair of lidded vases from a Cardiganshire Estate at £3,100 inclusive and an extensive collection of gold coins were well contested to a total of well in excess of £30,000 in the saleroom.          

Welsh ceramics continue to be popular, and a rare Ewenny pottery Tobacco jar surprised all by making £1,300 plus premium against an estimate of around £500. Overall a successful day in the Towyside Salerooms, a few disappointments as is usual but encouraging for the market despite all the political turmoil we are experiencing at this time. Our fortnightly auctions continue to be very successful and we are presently hugely stocked going forward with big collections of toys, modern jewellery and pictures all in line for the next sales.  Consignments arrive every week and our van is consistently booked at least a month in advance so the immediate future bodes well with no shortage of hard work to contend with! 

Nigel Hodson

Peter Francis Auctioneers Ltd.





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