30/07/2021 Ceramics & Glass, Welsh Art, Latest News, Silver, Antiques
A wide range of lots in different categories made their mark in this colourful and exciting sale, which all helped to achieve an inclusive auction total of over £200k for the second time in four months. Consignments from all across South Wales, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion produced a fine mixture of English and Welsh ceramics, silver, Welsh and other art, furniture, clocks, jewellery, watches, rugs and sporting ephemera.
Leading the day was Royal Worcester collection which totalled £30,000 from one house, led by a Crown top potpourri vase at £7,500 plus BP. A pair of silver Garrards wine coolers commemorating the Silver Wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Phillip made £5,500 plus BP with a similar pair of wine ewers making £1,500 plus BP.
The biggest longcase clock I think we’ve ever sold, Edwardian and presented to the former Mayor of Swansea, too big for most houses and set into the floor at the house it came from! Was hammered down at £4,500 plus VAT.
A fine selection of good Welsh art was very well received as expected, led by two works by Donald McIntyre at £3,500 and £3,000 plus BP, followed by three small works by Claudia Williams (wife of Gwilym Pritchard) which smashed their modest estimate to be knocked down at £3,000 plus BP. A British marine picture by J.R. Miles also left its estimate well behind to bring £2,600 plus BP.
Watches did very well with a Rolex manual steel bracelet watch making £1,800 against expectations and an 18ct half hunter pocket watch with chain doing well at £1,800 plus BP. Jewellery was headed by an 18ct gold five stone diamond ring; a real “Bobby dazzler!”, at £2,200 plus BP.
An unusual Cuff microscope with very interesting slides blew its estimate away at £1,600 plus BP and it was encouraging to see a Welsh dresser perform better at £1,500 plus BP, hopefully marking the resurgence in traditional furniture. Two lots of interesting sporting ephemera, Rugby league and Boxing realised £1,000 and £900.
Overall a great sale to be involved with, successful across the board and indicative of strong markets in most areas and improvements in others. Fortnightly sales are continuing and are enthusiastically received. Our next Fine sale is 24th November.
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