Our 11th April Fine and Rare auction delivered great results!

Our highest selling lot was 106, a late 18th Century brown glazed earthenware Puzzle jug, worded ‘Jno. Ashton, 1795, 21cm high, sourced from the Synge Craven Collection, sold for £1700.

The alcohol and spirits section proved very popular, one of our perennial stengths at PFK, with the majority of lots going to a single phone bidder! Lot 5, Three bottles of Warre’s Vintage Port 1963 and two Warre’s bottles, the third bottle bearing Charles Kinloch & Co label estimated at £120-160 sold for £220! Warre’s was very popular in this sale, with a few particular lots doing well. Lot 24, an unopened case of 12 bottles of 1977 vintage Port sold for £500. Lot 25, more of the same, sold for £600. Lot 26 and 27, more of the same, sold for £700 each.

Warre’s wasn’t the only name that did well. Lot 39, three bottles of Henry Spencer & Co Extra Strong Jamaica Rum 1949 100 degrees proof, estimated at £150-200 sold for £650! After plenty of interest in the room, lot 44, a bottle of vintage Krug Champagne 1971 sold for £660, well above its £200-300 estimate!

Lot 49, a bottle of Mme Edmond Loubat Petrus Pomerol Grand Vin 1953 sold for £1,550. Lot 52, three bottles of Chateau Pichon Longueville ‘Comtesse de Lalande’ Pauilac 1959 sold for £220. Lot 54, six half bottles of Chateau Coutet Barsac Sauternes 1962, estimated at £70-100 went for £220! Lot 72, three bottles of Sichel Estate Piesporter Goldtropfchen Beerenauslese Riesling 1976, estimated at £55-80 sold for £140!

Silver fetched great prices. Lot 82, the ‘Dublin Theatre Royal’ snuff box, engraving reading ‘To Eugene Macarthy Esq, this small token of admiration for his manly defence of the Stage (delivered 29 January 1839) was presented by Members of the Theatre Royal Abbey St Dublin’, had a lot of presale interest. It soared above its original estimate of £150-200 when it sold for £540!

Lot 83, a 1930’s silver plated cocktail shaker of Napier design, thought to be retailed by Asprey, estimated at £150-200 sold for £340! Lot 85, a Victorian silver cow creamer possibly by Maurice Freeman, London 1898 sold for £700.

Jewellery fetched healthy prices, with the majority consigned being Georg Jensen. Lot 87, a Georg Jensen silver compact with relief dolphin motif to lid sold for £150. Lot 88, Jensen sterling silver Alliance earrings designed by Allan Scharff sold for £120. Lot 91, Jensen sterling silver shape No. 131 earrings, designed by Nanna Ditzel sold for £160. Lot 95, a pair of 14ct white gold diamond solitaire stud earrings with an approx. combined weight of 1.05ct, estimated at £500-700 sold for £1,000! Lot 96, a pair of gold coloured metal and diamond set earrings, each set with vertical rows of five diamonds sold for £600. Lot 98, a ladies Rolex Precision wristwatch in a 9ct gold case, sold for £400.

The paintings section fetched good prices. Lot 111, a coloured engraving of a map of Westmorland by Christopher Saxton (1540-161) and William Kip (1588-1635), sold for £110. Lot 112, a coloured engraving of a map of Cornwall by John Speed (1552-1629), blew its estimated £120-160 out of the water when it sold for £700! Lot 117, Edward Horace Thompson (1879-1949) watercolour of a Lake District scene sold for £250. Lot 122, a 19th Century school oil painting of a ploughing scene sold for £360. Lot 124, JH Crossland (1852-1939) oil painting of a Lakeland fell scene sold well above its estimated £200-300 at £440! Lot 138, 46 Press Association photographs of Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s Wedding, July 29th 1981, including photographs of David Emanuel’s designs for Diana’s wedding gown and slippers sold for £200.

Lot 143, a rare 18th Century Irish flintlock blunderbuss by McGill of Dublin, with brass barrel and carved and shaped elm stock estimated at £800-1,200 sold for £1,300.

In the furniture section, lot 151, an early 20th Century walnut and green corded fabric J.Foot & Sons ‘Foot’s Patent’ adjustable reading/reclining ‘Burlington’ wing chair had plenty of pre-sale interest. Featuring adjustable foot rest, hinged opening sides and three original attachments including a music stand and wine table, in good original condition, originally estimated at £500-700, two phone bidders battling it out to £1,000!

Lot 160, a 17th Century panelled oak court cupboard, with geometric carved frieze, estimated at £300-400 went for £480. Lot 162, a 1920’s figured mahogany breakfront bookcase of Georgian design sold for £560.

Our next sale will be 25th April, Interiors featuring Jewellery, Wristwatches and Silver. We’ll be consigning entries again for our 9th May Interiors auction featuring Vintage and Collectable Toys 30th April – 2nd May.

We hope to see you for our next sale!


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