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‘Don’t Panic!’ Buyers bid with confidence at Clevedon Salerooms

28th January 2021

Lockdown restrictions did nothing to hold back enthusiastic internet and commission bidding at Clevedon Salerooms sale of Antiques and Collectables on Thursday 28th January. Online condition reports and multiple images enabled buyers to bid with confidence and auctioneers were rewarded with strong prices and a selling rate of 86%.

Leading the charge was ‘Dad’s Army’ a book by Jimmy Croft and David Croft signed by ten original cast members, including Arthur Lowe, John le Mesurier and Clive Dunn. Awarded in 1975 as a prize in a newspaper competition, its appeal to fans of the perennially popular series was clear. After a spirited battle between two online bidders it left its estimate standing to reach £400 [LOT 132]. Something else from the 1970s which has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years is Troika pottery. Proving the point, a small coffin-shaped vase sold extremely well at £200 [LOT 225].

Top of the sale, Jewellery proved to be popular. Standout item amongst a strong selection of lots was a string of amber beads which outstripped all hopes to reach £400 [LOT 60]. Pictures also performed well: an oil on board of shipping off a harbour at sunset attributed to William Adolphus Knell generated a flurry of bids to reach £350. The maritime theme continued with an oil on canvas by Arthur Wilde Parsons (1847-1920) of Shipping in a Rough Sea, which made a respectable £480 [LOT 310].

Prize for most unusual item in the sale went to a model of a Boar. Made of cast brass and near life size, it had been the source of some lively discussion before the sale as to whether it was in fact a warthog. Bidders had no such qualms and our porcine friend brought home the bacon at £250 [LOT 320].

In the furniture section good quality pieces performed well. The design of a mahogany twin pedestal desk had a dash of Aesthetic movement influence about it which must have struck a chord with buyers who took it to £160. A chest of drawers of the same period in Hungarian ash pressed all the right buttons to reach £190 [LOT 440]. Surprise of the day was provided by an Art Deco wall mirror. With a blue-tinted border its decorative appeal was clear to see. Bidders also thought so and the £360 it went on to achieve was, dare we say, a reflection of what buyers are willing to pay for good decorative pieces.

Clevedon Saleroom’s next auction of Antiques and Collectables will be held online on Thursday 18th February.

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