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Skater makes the highest ‘Preiss’ of the day at Clevedon Salerooms…

14th November 2019

A grey and rainy autumnal day was not enough to dampen spirits at Clevedon Salerooms on Thursday 14th November, where the Quarterly Fine Art Sale offered almost 500 lots to a packed saleroom, resulting in some outstanding prices.

The Collectors’ Items section yielded the front cover lot, a rare Art Deco of a skater by celebrated sculptor Ferdinand Preiss. The £5,000-7,000 estimate was left behind as two telephones battled to £8,500.

The Ceramics section produced one of the results of the day when a superb Pilkington Royal Lancastrian lustre vase by Richard Joyce sold for a staggering £4,800. The vase had been boxed up amongst household crockery in a storage container in Clevedon, courtesy of a Bristol estate clearance.

The sale began with a good selection of jewellery, as a selection of diamond rings all sold at £1,000 and above, including two three-stone rings and a five-stone example, but it was two single-stone rings which performed best, as both took £1,800. Elsewhere, a Julia-Plana diamond bracelet sold at £2,000 and a superb shell cameo doubles hopes to fetch £1,300. Two bangles also performed well, with a turquoise and diamond-set example fetching more than double estimate at £1,800 [LOT 51], and a Tiffany platinum and diamond piece taking £2,200. Also more than doubling expectations was a Victorian amethyst riviere necklace at £2,000.

In the watch section, a rare Omega ‘Ed White’ Speedmaster headed the section at £6,000. A gentleman’s gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date exceed mid estimate to bring £5,200. Another Rolex, this time a Lady’s Oyster, made above top estimate to take £2,200. The biggest surprise of the section was an International Watch Company (IWC) deck watch, which was competed for on three telephones to a multiple-estimate £5,000.

In the Coins section, a Victorian Golden Jubilee 1887 set of eleven coins performed above expectations to take £2,500 sold to one of four commission bidders. A group of South African Krugerrands from a Weston-super-Mare estate all sold above hopes at £1,000 to £1,100 each. The silver section followed, where a Georgian and later candelabrum set achieved £2,500.

Elsewhere, a Family medal group for three of the Ainge family of Horfield, Bristol including a World War I DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) achieved a fitting £1,700, the medal awarded for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when assisting wounded men to safety under continuous shell fire on two separate occasions.

The Oriental section always throws up the odd surprise result, and the first was for a large pair of Chinese celadon-glazed vases which quadrupled hopes at £4,500. Elsewhere, anther pair also achieved a double estimate £1,900. A polished bronze duck incense burner, which the vendor believed to be worth less than £150, was upgraded to the quarterly sale on account of the auctioneers finding another sold in Hong Kong. The hunch paid off as it achieved five times its revised estimate to take £1,500.

Paintings provided further pleasing results when a watercolour of HMS Spartan made a multiple-estimate £1,100. A superb early portrait of a scholar dated 1621 was purchased for a triple-estimate £1,300, and will happily be returning to one of the academic institutions he attended according to the Coats of Arms on the portrait as identified by Clevedon Salerooms’ Paintings Consultant. From almost four centuries later, a modern work by Cypriot artist Fotos Hadjisoteriou was a pleasant surprise as at made a multiple-estimate £2,200.

Furniture was led by a Victorian walnut credenza at £920, a good quality reproduction oak dining suite at £950, and a Victorian carved oak Aesthetic-style bookcase at £980. The sale saw around 85% sold by lot, with a packed saleroom and busy online bidding all day. There are two further fortnightly sales before the Christmas break, on Thursdays 28th November and 12th December.


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