Our 27th February Eclectic Collector’s auction, the first Curated sale of the year was a fantastic success, with 83 lots grossing £30,000!

We had several Alfred de Breanski paintings in the sale, all of which attracted four telephone bids and plenty of internet interest!

Alfred de Breanski Senior (1852-1928), known for his idyllic and dramatic landscapes on oil on canvas, usually of rural Wales and Scotland. Several of his works were exhibited at the Royal Academy in London between 1872-1918.

The highest selling lot was one of his oil paintings, ‘A Valley of Silver Birch N.B.’ which had four telephone bids competing against the internet! Consigned from a house clearance in Grange, it attracted plenty of pre-sale interest, with slight wear but otherwise in good condition. It sold to one of the phone bidders for £6,900!

It was not the only painting to capture the phone’s interest.

From the same vendor, an oil by James Durden (1878-1964) titled ‘Irene’ also proved popular, selling for £3,500 to the same buyer!

James Durden was an English artist known for his portraits and landscapes.  He studied at the Manchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, and lived in Whitehaven and Keswick for several years.

Another Breanski oil titled ‘Near Callender, N.B.’ in good condition, with its original frame undisturbed to the back, sold for £2,600! At the same level, a Breanski titled ‘The Banks of the Teith, N.B.’, also in its original, undisturbed condition, sold to the same buyer for £2,600!

A Harold H. Piffard (fl. 1895-1903) oil titled ‘Caesar’s Wife’, attracted the internet’s eye at £1,300!

Consigned from a vendor in Grange, an unusual L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) signed limited edition print of Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, number 784 of 850, sold to a gallery at £1,000!

A Trevor Haddon oil ‘In a Venetian Courtyard’ sold to a commission bid for £700!

A Denton Welch (1915-1948) pen and ink sketch of an interior scene had the internet’s eye at £300.

Books also did well. 72 19th Century leather bound Art Journal volumes, circa 1850-1890 sold to a bidder in Australia for £1,200!

A Celestial Atlas, published by G.B. Whittaker, London 1822 from the Grange house clearance sold to a telephone bidder for £750!

A 19th Century Irish inlaid rosewood chess and backgammon board by Austin in Dublin was snapped up by an internet bid at £360!  A 19th Century deeply carved ivory cameo depicting Bacchanalian putti sold for £300 to the internet!

A striking Victorian mahogany Lazy Susan, worded to rim ‘Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread’ and centre armorial worded ‘Nunquam Obliviscar’ sold for £240 to the internet!

Consigned from a vendor in Grange, a near pair of late Victorian/early 20th Century mounted Sable Antelope skulls had the internet’s eye at £240!

A George III mahogany serpentine fronted knife box, rare with its inner liner included sold for £220.

Most valuable among the furniture, an 18th Century panelled oak livery cupboard from a private vendor in Waitby sold to the room at £900!

Danish furniture is still trending in our saleroom! A France & Daverkosen of Copenhagen ‘Minerva’ or ‘Long John’ teak and rattan two tier coffee table sold to a telephone bidder at £400! A set of 5 Randers Moebelfabrik Danish teak dining chairs sold to the room for £250.

From a vendor in Cockermouth, a Dux of Sweden ‘Karin’ chromed steel armchair and rare matching footstool sold for £650 to a commission bidder!

Most popular among the Ercol, a 1960s dark finish elm day bed sold to the internet for £400!

From the house clearance in Grange, an early 18th Century oak side table did well at £300.

Our next curated auction is 24th April: The Outsiders: Celebrating Society’s Margins. If you are interested in consigning to this auction, please contact the office on 01768 890 781 or

We hope to see you for our next sale!


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