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10th August Curated Auction Report




PFK’s recent 10th August auction marked the launch of our CURATED series of auctions of Fine Art, Antiques and Collector's Items:  specialist sales focussing only on the most interesting, rare and valuable pieces consigned to them for sale - an complementing their busy Fortnightly Interiors Auctions.  This new focus was rewarded with strong sale results - the highlight being a £4,000 piece of 19th Century social history consigned by a local vendor.


Made in the early 19th Century to commemorate the marriage of William Bennett and Elizabeth Simmons, the Devonshire yellow glazed pottery jug was in an unrestored condition, decorated with dedication verse and decorative motifs and sold to a specialist dealer of English ceramics.












Toasting this success was the successful sale of a fine collection of vintage French red wine, which collectively sold for over £13,000 - the highlight being a case of Chateau Palmer Margaux 1996 which sold for £1,400.








Purchased and stored for investment by a local collector for twenty years, the collection showed a profit on his investment and sold to a variety of local and further afield buyers, many buying online.


Another interesting highlight marking the occasion was a late 19th Century Japanese Dai Dokei or lantern clock on stand - an unusual item relating to Japan's isolation between the 17th and 19th centuries.  So unusual was it, that an established UK based clock dealer - who had never owned one before - fought off fierce bidding in the saleroom to purchase the clock for £1,950.


Other four figure highlights within the sale included the £2,500 paid for a 17th Century Burmese alabaster carving of Buddha, the £2,250 paid for a rare early Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn oak armchair, the £1,200 paid for an unusual Poole pottery charger decorated with a standing duck (and thought to be by Phoebe Stabler), £1,300 paid for a fine example of a Bavarian Pickelhaube infantry helmet and £1,200 for a fine sapphire and diamond ring, with 0.75ct central sapphire.

The next CURATED Auction is to be held on November 23rd and entries are invited now.  We are also inviting entries for our Saturday November 26th Christmas Jewellery & Gifts Auction.  To discuss entering items into sale with PFK, contact Michael Robert, Auction Rooms Manager, on 01768 890781 or 07823 415837



13th & 14th April 2016 - Two Day Fine Art and Antiques Sale Report


Diamonds are a girl's best friend at PFK.

PFK’s blockbuster 1175-lot Two Day Fine Jewellery, Art and Antiques Auction, held on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th April, proved that, despite an uncertain world and varying values for many ‘traditional’ antiques, diamond jewellery, silver, gold and ‘quirky’ pieces consigned by our vendors across the County and beyond all remain ever popular – and are in strong demand from buyers. With bidding both in the room and across the world via the internet, the sale contained many highlights, star lot of which was a stunning, Edwardian style necklace, set with 338 collet set diamonds, consigned to auction by a Penrith client and sold, via the internet, to a London collector for an equally stunning £3,500. Other jewellery highlights include a beautiful 1.4ct three stone diamond ring (bought as an engagement gift) selling for £1,200, a similar 2.1ct diamond ring selling for £1,750, and a superb 19th Century 18ct gold pocket watch achieving £920. Silver, as usual, was also keenly contested with a Victorian two piece silver tea service by Barnard Brothers making £400, a Victorian Irish silver dish ring (consigned by a Cockermouth vendor) selling for £460 and a charming 17th Century Dutch silver ‘Poppenhuis’ (doll’s house) miniature pot (consigned by a Carlisle vendor) selling for £440. In addition, a fine restored silver photograph frame by William Comyns sold for £720, whilst a good English silver table service sold for £1,550 and a French silver service made £1,500. Amongst the quirkier of the lots, a collection of English and foreign pastry jiggers made £1,200, a Rams head table snuff (gifted to the Masonic ‘Scots Lodge’ in 1906) sold for £620, an extremely unusual 17th Century Delft plate painted with fish sold for £840, a rare Beswick group of a Shire mare and foal achieved £580 and a fine 19th Century Indian ivory chess set sold for £1,200. A group of three Alfred Heaton Cooper watercolours sold well, achieving prices of £660, £620 and £480 respectively, whilst a good oil painting in the manner of George Morland, depicting an encampment with mother and child, sold for £1,250 and a map of Lancaster by famed cartographer John Speed (consigned by a Kendal vendor) sold for £540. Carpets are always in strong demand at PFK auctions and the April sale was no exception, with prices high for small decorative rugs, two attractive Kashan carpets selling for £500 and £580 respectively, together with the highlight lot of the section – an antique Kazak carpet – selling for £2,500 via the internet and heading overseas to a Turkish buyer. Ceramics and glass too were also keen sought after – with a good Lalique ‘Bacchantes’ vase selling for £1,550, a large modern Moorcroft Montagnac vase (consigned by a Dumfries vendor) selling for £900 and a Royal Worcester vase painted with swans by Charles Baldwyn selling for £3,200, the second highest value lot of the sale.

Our next Fine Art & Antiques auction is on August 10th and we are accepting entries now. We offer free valuations across the County and would be pleased to advise you. In addition, we are always accepting entries for our popular Fortnightly General Antiques and Household auctions, each of which feature online bidding. For more information, contact the Saleroom on 01768 890781 or email


10th February 2016 - General Sale Report


Our 10th February General auction was another buoyant and successful sale, with a full room of attending bidders as well as plenty of bidders online. We have offered online bidding at our Fortnightly auctions since January 2016 and there has been strong take up of this service, provided by In addition, we now illustrate every lot in our sales online as well as offering extended viewing hours (including Saturday mornings) prior to the auctions. These improvements are reaping rewards, with some excellent hammer prices on the day and many delighted vendors. Highlights included a Renault Scenic that sold for £700, a brown leather Chesterfield that made £440 and a painted dresser that made £360. Garden items and statuary again proved popular, with a composition female figure selling for £110. In addition, electrical and domestic items continued to attract competitive bidding, with a used Creda electric cooker selling for £75.


We are now accepting entries for our next Fortnightly Auction on February 24th (entries close Wednesday 17th) as well as continuing to accept entries for our Fine Art and Antiques auction on April 13th (entires close March 11th).  To discuss consigning goods to our auctions, please contact the office on 01768 890781 or email


With the summer antiques auction fading into memory and the last few parcels winging their way across the globe, attention at PFK The Saleroom is focused on the future with entries invited for the winter auction of antiques and collectibles (25/11/15) as well as the Christmas jewellery auction (28/11/15) not to forget the frequent fortnightly auctions.


Last Sunday saw Simon Thompson and Ben Edgar drive through West Cumbria for a charity valuation day held in the grounds of the impressive Irton Hall in aid of St Paul's Church, Holmrook.  Both Simon and Ben thoroughly enjoyed the day which saw a steady stream of curious people eager to find out what their treasures were worth.  Some inevitably worth only sentimental value, however some considerably more with a James I unite gold coin standing out among the 100 plus items valued.  All in all the day was a great success with nearly £1000 being raised for the church.


This weeks fortnightly sale has filled the room fast with an abundance of furniture (old and new) along with an eclectic mix of glass, china and collectibles.  Viewing for this sale (23/09/15) will be on Monday 21st (9am-5pm) and Tuesday 22nd (9am-6pm).  The sale starting at 9.30 am.



PFK- The Sale Room, can report that the Antiques & Fine Art Auction held on 12th August was a great success,  the quality of items up for auction attracted interest from local, national and international bidders, online registrations totalled 479 which mirrored the increase of pre sale enquires, the internet platform continues to grow in strength with 39% of the sale total being sold online and 1008 bids in total.

In the antiques and collectables market quality is important and this was reflected in the prices realised, with each section showing major improvements. Lot 144, a rare Crimean War Distinguished Conduct Medal group achieved £5000 against a £800-1200 estimate this being the star lot of the sale. A rather unusual lot 88 a 19th century measuring wheel (or waywiser) making £1400. Lot 114 a large collection of ivory and composition billiard balls pocketed £1100 for the vendor. Lot 126 a pair of taxidermy kingfisher specimens under glass domes achieved £1000. Lot 209 a large silver salver made £550, and lot 75 a 19th century glass and brass plafonnier also at £550. The jewellery section contained numerous pieces by Georg Jensen which is currently extremely collectable and something PFK are making a name for selling, the majority of which sold well above estimate including lot 326 Georg Jensen (925s) silver brooch making £380. Other jewellery lots worthy of mention include Lot 364 an impressive diamond full eternity ring which made £1300 and lot 304 a French white gold stick pin which made £600, and a pair of Cartier earrings lot 391 which sold for £800. Lot 737 a 19th century pearl-set portrait miniature mourning pendant selling at £900.  The ceramics sections were highlighted by lot 486 a pair of Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases, which despite one being damaged made £850, lot 326 an Ann Macbeth ‘Glasgow Girls’ marriage bowl made £380, lot 492 a Royal Worcester hand-decorated coffee pot made £550 and lot 590 a pair of Chinese Famille vert baluster vases produced £600. The small musical section produced good results with lot 799 a Victorian inlaid-rosewood polyphon disc player making £400 and lot 797 a violin by Paul Serdat, Paris 1899 making £420. The furniture section again produced good prices with the stand out lots being lot 808 a Georgian oak dresser base at £720, lot 816 a French marble-topped and ormalu mounted Vitrine at £1600, lot 819 an early 19th century pitch pine rocking lambing chair at £1100, lot 864 an Art Deco oak marble-topped table made £1300, lot 872 a Georgain oak chest of drawers at £1000 and lot 877 a 19th century marble-topped and inlaid cabinet at £1000.


The next catalogue sale of Antiques and Collectors Items will be held on 25th November and the Christmas jewellery auction on 28th November with entries invited until 23rd October



After another good fortnightly auction with a healthy sale percentage of  94% the clearing up after the auction starts ready for the start of entries on Monday morning. Meanwhile the catalogue auction has closed with a flurry of late entries bolstering the lot total to some 878 with the jewellery section benefiting to the tune of 130+lots, a busy time for all involved with preparations for uploading the catalogue to websites and printers being the priority for the last few days, the catalogue should be ready to view online by Monday 27th July, a good chance to browse through and see what’s on offer before the saleroom is set out for viewing. Maybe you have an item similar to one on offer in this sale?, maybe you’re still contemplating selling but are unsure of value? If you have any queries please feel free to contact us on Tel: 01768 890781 or Email


The last week of entries for the August catalogue sale saw the sale swell to 800+ lots with consignments of Georg Jensen jewellery, various other jewellery, furniture paintings and some items for the garden including a large sandstone trough, also worthy of note some 40+ ivory billiard balls, a Polyphon disc player, an Acorn Industries music cabinet and a Riley snooker/dining table. Meanwhile the next fortnightly auction (22/7/15) is looking good with the room full of an ever eclectic mix of items from pitch pine pews, pine bedroom suites, household appliances to collectible glass and china. Anyone want to browse can make use of the two days viewing prior to the sale; Monday 9-5pm and Tuesday 9-6pm


With the fortnightly sale achieving a 97% sale rate, The Saleroom continues to be the place to sell your surplus household furniture, antiques and effects. And with the room being full of customers old and new people are defiantly getting this message. Our team are constantly preparing for the next auction and with our diaries filling up fast July should prove a busy month. The upcoming catalogue auction on the 12th of August was bolstered with 100 lots from furniture to glass and consignments of Georg Jensen jewellery, entries close for this auction on the 12th of July, for more information please contact us on 01768 890781 or email Twitter @PFKSaleroom or find us on facebook.


This week saw entries from all across the county as well as the team spotted in various locations, including Ambleside, Windermere and Kendal. With the catalogue sale boosted by numerous local postcards mainly of the Keswick area, a nice oil from the circle of Charles Martin Powell, various other art work and some sturdy Georgian oak furniture and long case clocks.


The fortnightly sale on Wednesday sees 700 eclectic lots, from antique furniture to the modern, Victorian china to modern glass, tools and household items, with images available here and two days of viewing they should prove ever popular with our customers. If you have any enquiries please contact us on 01768 890781  or email



Wednesdays auction included an eclectic mix of lots from Victorian and Georgian furniture and collectibles to the more modern household wares, including upholstered settees and living room furniture appearing to be straight out of a quality high street store and with a 92.6% sale rate proved popular with the many buyers in the room who decided it was worth passing up the glorious weather and to spend the day in the saleroom. On other news the catalogue sale has been boosted by 9 watercolour caricatures from the locally famous Wilk as well as some KSIA wares, taxidermy silver and more lots of coins.



Another busy week saw the saleroom taking entries for next Wednesdays auction (10th June) and for the upcoming catalogued auction of antiques, jewellery, furniture and collectables (Wednesday 12th August) with some entries of good quality modern furniture peppering the ever present Victorian, Edwardian and 20th century items and collectables as well as useful garden and household items, its defiantly worth a look on the two viewing days prior to the sale (Monday 9-5 and Tuesday 9-6pm) for some images of the sale please click here


The catalogue sale was boosted with consignments of coins, stamps, paintings and a very nice Acorn industries oak sideboard as well as a large silver salver weighing 2.3kg, various Moorcroft pottery and Chinese vases to mention a few.

Another busy week at PFK The Saleroom with our fortnightly auction on Wednesday achieving 95.25% sale rate with plenty of people through the doors despite loosing a days viewing due to the bank holiday. Thursday and Friday saw the saleroom tidied, deliveries and collections as well as entries received for The August Catalogue sale, as ever a varied selection from taxidermy to Crimea war medals. The saleroom doors will be open at 9am Monday morning with our team ready to assist you in selling your antiques, furniture and collectables. For additional information please contact us on 01768 890781,  email ,Twitter @PFKSaleroom or find us on Facebook.’



August Antique & Collectors' Sale


Entries are now invited for our

Antique and Collectors' Sale

To be held on Wednesday 12th August 2015

Entries close Friday 10th July 2015









Sale of Tools!


Our Tool Sale on Saturday 16th May was successful with 90.16% of the sale being sold.  The highlight of the sale was a Myford lathe, Super 7B power crosslide with gear box and cooling system which sold for £1,200.


Our next Tool Sale is to be held in January with entries being taken in from the beginning of December.






Tool Sale


Following many enquiries as to when PFK Sale Room will be holding our next Tool Sale, we are pleased to announce that a date has been set for Saturday 16th May.


So, men and women alike have a look through your garages, workshops, sheds, etc. for any surplus good quality tools, generators, power tools, workshop equipment or ride on mowers and fetch them into the Sale Room before Friday 8th May to enter them into the sale!


If you have something of interest, require collection or need advice about selling at auction please contact us on 01768 890781.



Congratulations to Ben Edgar!


After auctioneering only a handful of our fortnightly auctions Ben was thrown in at the deep end (without armbands) when told he would be conducting our April Antique and Collectors sale.


At only 19 he has proved that you are never too young to step up to the mark, selling over 77% of the sale, with many positive comments on his auctioneering style from vendors and buyers alike.



15th April 2015:


PFK- The Sale Room, can report that the Antiques & Fine Art Auction held on 15th April was a great success, although slightly smaller in size compared with previous catalogue sales it was filled with high quality entries throughout all categories.  The quality of items attracted interest from local media, national and international bidders with a huge increase in attendance and viewing figures, these were mirrored by the number of online registrations which totalled 404 with a large number of pre sale enquires.


In the antiques and collectables market quality is important and this was reflected in the impressive prices realised with each section showing major improvements. One of the most unusual items ever sold by PFK was Lot 60 the Polar Bear purchased for £8500, his new home being in Northumberland (the temperature can be quite cold over there at times). Another star of the sale being Lot 527 a Cast Bronze Lioness (After Roger Godchaux – French)  fetching £5500 against an estimate of £600-£1000. Other items which attracted a considerable amount of interest were -Lot 84  a 19th Century Pot Bellied Fishing Creel - £1600, Lot 112 a Belgian percussion pistol by M. Berleur - £1900, Lot 167 Peppiatt One Pound Notes 1940-1948 - £1350, Lot 589 a Victorian Brass Lantern Clock - £2200 and 2 Chinese Silk Embroidered Panels fetching £1200. The jewellery section contained numerous pieces by Georg Jensen which is currently extremely collectable, the majority of which sold well above estimate together with  Lot 256 Platinum & Diamond 3 stone ring - £3300, Lot 326 – 18ct gold 2 stone diamond ring - £1400 and Lot 295 – Large block of natural amber £1900.  The ceramics sections were highlighted by a collection of Royal Worcester wares the highest price being £2700 for lot 428 a hand painted vase with cover, and £900 for Lot 467 a Bargeware chamber pot. The quality of the furniture section produced high prices for Lot 612, an 18th century Walnut Batchelors Chest - £1500, Lot 640, a pair of GeorgeIII chairs - £1400,  Lot 659, a GeorgeIII Cylinder Writing Desk - £1900 and Lot 674, a 19th century Colonial Hardwood Table Cabinet - £2200.


The next catalogue sale of Antiques and Collectors Items will be held on 12th August with entries being taken now until 17th July 2015.