Our 4th April Interiors auction featuring Beswick, Border Fine Arts and Royal Doulton delivered fantastic results, with all 91 Border Fine Arts lots a 100% sell out achieving great prices!

The highest selling lot was 407, a selection of antique Chinese embroidered items including a silk wedding skirt and sleeve bands, originally estimated at £20-30, promised and delivered on its presale interest. The winning online bid came from China at £1,000!

Competition was fierce for fabric of all kinds in this sale. Lot 406, a box of antique and vintage lace items had a phone bidder up against an online bidder from France, the phone winning out at £520, well above the original £15-25 estimate! Lot 449, a box of Liberty fabrics, sold to an online bidder for £150!

As mentioned above, the Border Fine Arts section attracted plenty of collectors’ interest in the room as well as online and by phone, with numerous lots exceeding their estimates. Consigned by vendors right across the country – we had a great selection on offer. Lot 123, In Flight, estimated at £40-80 sold for £200! Lot 129, Putting Up Black with its certificate, estimated at £40-60 sold for £110. Lot 131, Bit Of A Stretch estimated at £60-100 sold for £140. Lot 167, A Major Decision with its certificate, estimate at £200-300 sold for £380!

Competitive room bidding saw lot 165, Hay Bailing soaring past its £100-150 estimate at £240! Lot 168, Where There’s Muck There’s Money with its certificate, estimated at £150-200 sold for £300! Lot 211, a Fell Hound and Lakeland terrier (no. 20 of 750) estimated at £20-30 sold for £140! Given such success, we shall make Border Fine Arts a yearly event!

Ceramics did well all round. Lot 51, six Royal Doulton ‘Dickens’ figures, ‘Pickwick’, ‘Fat Boy’, ‘Pecksniff’, ‘Micawber’, ‘Uriah Heep’ and ‘Sairey Gamp’, estimated at £200-300 sold for £320. Lot 52, a Carltonware desk stand blew past its estimate of £20-40 when it sold for £120!

Receiving competitive online bids, lot 338, 4 Chinese famille rose plates, originally estimated at £20-30 sold for £180! Lot 388, a Chinese famille Rose and a Japanese dish, estimated at £15-25 sold for £100! Lot 351, Shelley Chintz melody pattern tea wares estimated at £20-40 sold for £120! Lot 366, a pair of Staffordshire pottery greyhounds quill holders sold for £80. Lot 206, a pair of Staffordshire foxes, estimated at £15-25 sold for £280! Lot 205, 5 Beswick birds originally in at £15-25 sold for £160!

Jewellery and smaller items fetched healthy prices. Lot 22, a collection of Rotary, Omega and Accurist gents’ watches sold for £320. Lot 24, a cased altimeter/barometer and compass set sold for £100, well above its estimated £10-30. Lot 27, an Omega Seamaster Automatic gents wristwatch, estimated at £80-120 sold for £260! Lot 30, an 18ct white gold diamond solitaire ring sold for £300.

Miscellaneous items also did well. Lot 227, a Liberty and Co pewter tray by Archibold Knox sold for £100. Lot 231, an inlaid rosewood writing box with a Victorian fitted interior went for £220. Lot 237, a 19th Century percussion pistol, originally estimated at £30-50 sold for £120! Lot 520, two oils on canvas of Highland cattles by B Milnes 1926, estimated at £30-50 sold for £100. After a bidding war between a room bidder and an online bidder, lot 529, a framed oil painting of two spaniels originally estimated at £50-80 sold for £360!

The furniture section had a few surprises in store for us! Lot 569, an oak bedding box carved 2001, sold for £190, well above its £20-30 estimate! We had a few Caskell and Chambers Britania bar tables in, (all bought from a local pub clearance 30 years ago) all of which sold above their estimates. Lot 592 and lot 593 sold for £100 each. Lot 594 sold for £110.

Lot 600, receiving very competitive online bids, a 19th Century mahogany campaign chest, estimated at £120-180 sold for £500! Lot 610, a Georgian oak plate rack estimated at £50-80 sold for £140! Lot 614, a carved oak 3 tier buffet went for £260, well above its £30-50 estimate. Lot 687, a Georgian oak and mahogany chest of drawers blew past its original £30-50 estimate when it sold for £140! Lot 699, a Glove Wernicke leaded glazed 4 tier stacking bookcase sold for £320, well above its estimated £100-200. Lot 732, a Bergere armchair, estimated at £30-50 sold for £300! Lot 736, a Victorian winged 2 seater settee sold well above its estimated £80-120 at £240! Lot 739, a Windsor chair estimated at £80-120 sold for £200!

Lot 768, an Edwardian upholstered winged tub armchair sold above its £40-60 estimate at £110. Lot 771, a 19th Century oak settle with a 5 fielded panel back blew past its estimate of £150-250 sold for £320! Lot 776, a Victorian scroll end settee estimated at £150-200 made £300! Lot 791, a G Tech lawnmower and strimmer sold for £140! Lot 813, a large twin axle trailer with fitted lights, estimated at £100-150 sold for £300!

Our next sale is our Fine and Rare Connoisseur auction on 11th April and the catalogue is available here, and the one after will be 25th April, Interiors featuring Jewellery, Wristwatches & Silver which we are already fully consigned for!

Consequently we are now accepting entries for our 9th May Interiors auction, which features Vintage and Collectable toys.

We hope to see you for our next sale!


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