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New Year Sales off to a flyer at Clevedon Salerooms

9th January 2020

Clevedon Salerooms’ first sale of Antiques and Collectables of 2020 was held on Thursday 9th January. The usually roomy car park was full to bursting with over 100 vehicles, plus a record number of new bidder registrations both in the saleroom and online.

All of this meant that it was no real surprise when the first 125 lots all sold. Commencing with jewellery, the first six diamond rings all exceeded top estimate, including two five-stone examples at £420 each and a three-stone at a double-estimate £520. Doubling hopes at £500 was an 18ct white gold and diamond pendant with chain. Top price in the section was for a yellow metal and ruby flexible bracelet which also sold over expectations at £620 [LOT 19]. Elsewhere, an Omega Seamaster Professional 300m with quartz movement made a pleasing £820 [LOT 42].

The coin section was particularly strong on this occasion, with a collection of Presentation packs from a returning Worcestershire vendor selling well. A group 2012-2017 sold for a multiple-estimate £520, and another group 2013-2018 sold for £420. Gold sovereigns were fetching as much as £280 due to the high current gold price. A group of Christmas cards inset with 50p pieces sold for £420, and a set of fifty silver-gilt Danbury Mint medallions sold above top estimate at £620. From the same property, a further twenty-four sold for £380.

In the main antiques section, a group of Hornby 00 Gauge locomotives and rolling stock sold for a multiple estimate £250. Local Elton pottery was a notable feature in the sale, with three small pieces to include a copper lustre crackleware example selling for a quadruple-estimate £180. A lovely Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre vase was blemished by a haircrack which prevented it being held over for the 12th March quarterly sale. Nevertheless, it sold at a triple-estimate £300. Royal Albert ‘Old Country Roses’ is a perennial favourite pattern amongst collectors, and a large selection did not disappoint on this occasion, selling for £280.

A good pair of 19th century portraits approached top estimate as they sold in the room for £580 [LOT 285]. Two chairs stole the show in the furniture section, as a Victorian revolving music chair made £250 and a 19th century comb-back Windsor chair made a multiple-estimate £350 [LOT 550]. Perhaps more surprising was the £400 paid for a Queen Anne style display cabinet. A double-estimate £320 was paid for a Globe Wernicke-style stacking bookcase.

In total over 93% of lots sold, in a very promising start to the year. An excellent selection for the 12th March quarterly Fine Art sale is already taking shape, with entries closing 11th February and a specialist Jewellery & Watch valuation day to be held on Monday 3rd February at the Salerooms.

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