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Clevedon Salerooms – Full of Eastern Promise

18th March 2021

Clevedon Salerooms held their regular auction of Antiques and Collectables on Thursday 18th March.  Enthusiastic online and commission bidding resulted in strong prices and an impressive selling rate of 94%.

The showstopper of the sale came in the form of a large collection of Asian ceramics which had been consigned from a local deceased estate and were being sold in aid of charity. Divided into 47 lots, spirited bidding from buyers from as far afield as China, Spain and Japan resulted in a total hammer price of over £11,000. As they were being sold for worthy causes, Clevedon Salerooms waived their seller’s commission meaning that Weston Hospicecare and Cancer Research will each receive over £5,500. At a time when charities are feeling the pinch as never before, this really is tremendous news. [LOT 130]

Other highlights included a 9ct gold curb link bracelet with heart shaped padlock and fob which sold for £1,550. [LOT 38] It may have been the luck of the Irish that saw a yellow metal and green hardstone charm bracelet formed of 'lucky' shamrocks reach £520, whilst a pair of unmarked yellow metal and carved coral earrings sold well above estimate at £280.

Amongst a strong Collectables section, pride of place went to an early 20th century Fry’s chocolate display cabinet. This had been the most watched item online before the sale, and on the day left its estimate standing to sell for £280, reflecting the demand amongst collectors for early advertising in good condition. Other vintage advertising included a large Bristol Evening News red enamel advertising sign, which got away at £170. [LOT 273]

As we see so often, modern tastes favour pieces by good quality 20th century designers. This was certainly the case with a pair of Liberty ‘Tudric’ candlesticks by the renowned designer Archibald Knox which got pulses racing to achieve £220. [LOT 237] Contemporary appeal also accounted for the spirited bidding on a 1950s walnut chest of drawers. Craftsman made and very architectural, it clearly ticked all the right boxes with mid-century fans, going on to achieve a very respectable £350. [LOT 393]

Elsewhere in the furniture section there were further signs of a rallying in demand for good quality brown furniture. A Regency rosewood scroll end sofa confounded expectations to sell for £700; an early 20th Century oak wardrobe in late 17th Century style rocketed up the bidding increments selling for £280, whilst a Victorian mahogany secretaire bookcase sold for £250.

Clevedon Saleroom’s next auction of Antiques and Collectables will be held on
Thursday 15th April.

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