Summer Fine Sale Report

21/06/2019     Latest News, Antiques



The Summer Fine Catalogue Auction at Peter Francis in West Wales was as eclectic as ever and was very well received after strong viewing the week before. Sale morning was almost like the ‘old’ days with plenty of bidders filling all available seats, rather than staying at home and bidding online.


The sale started as usual with clocks and furniture during which there was some encouragingly spirited bidding. Unusually furniture was led by an upholstered piece which came in for a general auction and had been spotted for inclusion in the Fine Sale. The low easy chair by Howard & Sons delivered by realising over £2000 with BP. Clocks saw good trade with most longcases selling on estimate and led by a Llanelly 8 day with rocking ship to the face at £950 plus B.P. Watches were a strong section featuring some good examples of top names led by a gold Patek Phillipe at £2700 plus BP. An Omega ‘Speedmaster’ Moon watch realised £2300 plus BP and a similar Omega chromograph made £1150 plius BP.


Also showing strong results was the art section, notoriously fickle of late, which was well contested across the board. Top price was the catalogue cover lot by Scottish artist Donald McIntyre of a Welsh cottage which came in an on estimate at £5200 including BP. Another Scottish artist exceeded expectations when two watercolours by James Wright RSW made £1060 in total against estimates of £500-700. Welsh 20th Century art was keenly fought over as is often the case, with a John Knapp-Fisher watercolour making £1600 plus BP, equalled by an Aneurin Jones small study of a Welsh Cob. Prints were predictably led by two L.S Lowry examples, ‘Peel Park’ at £4100 plus BP and ‘Sailing Boats’ at £1700 plus BP.


Other notable results included; five lots of Welsh postcards which smashed their estimates to bring a total of £4520 plus BP (estimated at £1000-1500), a collection of antique firearms led by a Brown Bess flintlock musket at £1050, a Royal Crown Derby ‘Royal Antoinette’ tea and coffee  service at £1000 plus BP (estimate £300-500) and a one owner collection of 3 Triumph motorcycles which realised a total of £16200 plus BP with the beautiful 1970 650ccs Bonneville leading the whole day at £8000, sold to a local collector and probably too good to ride! All in all the auctioneers were delighted with the day which was a reminder of earlier times, with a varied sale creating lots of interest and competition.


 Fortnightly sales continue throughout the year with a museum collection coming through shortly.


If you missed out on a lot on the day our unsold lots from the Fine sale will have a second chance to sell in an online only timed sale that runs from Friday 21st midday until midday on Friday 28th . Bidding will be through




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