Sale Report - Thursday 24th April
25th April 2019
Fresh from the Easter break, Clevedon Salerooms held another successful fortnightly Antiques & Collectables sale on Thursday 25thApril, where once again the selling rate exceeded 92%.
The sale began with a bang as a modern limited edition sculpture by local artist Carol Peace performed spectacularly, fetching a multiple-estimate £1,000 [LOT 4]. Staying with limited editions, it was notable that two Beryl Cook signed prints, which had failed to make £150 in a quarterly fine art sale, now fetched above this figure, the highest entitled ‘Shoe Shop’ achieving £220. Other successful paintings lots later in the sale included a Joseph Aufray watercolour at a triple-estimate £220, and a Helen Hale oil at £190.
Worthy of mention in the furniture section was a 19thcentury convex wall mirror with eagle surmount at a top-estimate £300, and a Middle Eastern folding table-top discretion screen which sold for £250 despite some losses to the inlay. A large consignment of garden statuary and ornaments from a local estate attracted much interest, with everything from wooden bears to Michelangelo’s David to a plastic peacock, lambs and rabbits! A life-size reconstituted figure of Venus took the highest price at £160.
On the more antique side of the furniture market, a bergere-caned occasional chair almost sold for £45 before the online bidders suddenly kicked into life and the lot soared to £200. A Victorian deep-buttoned nursing chair also made a respectable £130, but these prices for antiques were eclipsed by a pair of one-year-old Marks & Spencers deep-buttoned armchairs from a Yatton estate, sold well above hopes at £580. Another pair from the same house sold for £250, the same price as a ‘Gainsborough’ swivel office chair. Also performing for the modern team was a Brights of Nettlebed oak dining suite at £450.
A number of ceramics and glassware lots were worthy of mention. A Royal Crown Derby miniature tea set with oval tray sold at double top estimate to take £160, and a small group of Elton ware pottery sold above top estimate at £180. £160 was the price paid for a Whitefriars Tangerine ‘Sunburst’ vase from a local deceased estate.
In the Miscellanea, a selection of Britains cast farm animals and accessories attracted £150, whereas a brass carriage clock exceeded top estimate to sell for£280. Perhaps the most interesting item, which will be going to a US-based English expat, was a 19thcentury bronze Imperial Gill measure by Bate of London, at £220. Stamps also performed well at the sale, with a two-album collection achieving £200, four albums of modern presentation packs fetching £250, and the same price for a further six-album set.
Postcards continue to sell well, with highest price being £620 for a good selection of World War I French silks across three albums. Another local lot of Bristol and Weston view sold for £220. Perhaps the most interesting local lot was a Clifton Rocks Railway token and a Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co silver loyalty medallion, which far outstripped their estimate to sell for £160 [LOT 456]
The gold and silver section also saw strong results including a 22ct wedding band, and two Edward VII sovereigns all at the same price - £210. £320 was paid for a stainless steel Omega Seamaster from a Weston-super-Mare deceased estate, discovered just in time before the house clearers came in! [LOT 585].
23rd May Interiors & Collectables Auction
With the television cameras present for an episode of ‘The Antiques Road Trip’, along with competing contestants Angus Ashworth and Arusha ‘Roo’ Irvine (and of course their lots!), the saleroom was buzzing as usual, and over 90% of lots sold - as is standard at this saleroom.