The Antiques and Decorative Sale on Tuesday 19 July might have taken place on the hottest day of the year, but the fine weather certainly didn’t seem to be deterring bidders! Brinley, Philip and Dave were joined on the rostrum by an electric fan which kept them cool throughout the sale that started at 10.00am, and finished at a little after 2.00pm.
The cool light of the moon might have been the furthest thought from those in the saleroom, but not for buyer of Lot 100 which was a charming Sampson & Mordan silver book mark with a ‘man in the moon’ figure. It sold for £90.
The auction on Tuesday saw 431 lots go under the hammer and offered live internet bidding through www.the-saleroom.com and www.invaluable.co.uk. One of the Lots which attracted most enquiries was a Chinese Peking glass miniature bowl. Modelled with two mask heads and a four character mark to the base, it was contested between two telephone bidders and achieved a sale price of £950.
And a Chinese ceiling banner sold to an internet bidder for £750. The banner, which measures 230cm long (7.5 feet) is carved from wood and depicts temple scenes with dignitaries and attendants. The carving is gilded and the border painted with flower in blue, green and pink. It was carefully hung from the beam in the saleroom and attracted many admiring glances.
The top-selling lot in the furniture section was an early 19th century oak dresser. It had three plate racks to the top, and the bottom with a row of three drawers over a central stack of three dummy drawers with cupboard to either end. It sold for £750.
A charming rectangular bijouterie or display table fetched £310.
There seemed to be a canine theme to the sale at times! A characterful oil on board portrait of a spaniel, measuring 18.5cm by 17.5cm and unsigned, sold for £550. Later in the textiles section a needlework study of a dozing spaniel (perhaps the heat had made him sleepy!) made £340. And a 19th century tapestry of a girl with cat and spaniel sold for £300.
A dog of a very different breed featured in the sale too….a first edition copy of Arther Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles sold for £480.
With a large number of lots selling to internet bidders all over the UK (and some overseas) the department is now well under way with their packing and postage production line!