Our latest Fortnightly Interiors auction, the 7th February Valentine Sale achieved some very healthy prices!

Our highest selling lot was 373, a set of four hanging scroll paintings depicting the four seasons, signed seal marked Fei Danxu Xiaolou 1801-1850, which sold for £1,000.

Mirrors and prints overall fetched some good prices. Lot 385, a gilt mirror estimated at £50-80 sold for £130! Lot 363, a David Lyons oil of a sheep, estimated at £20-30, sold for £70. Lot 365, a large cream painted Victorian mirror, estimated at £150-200 sold for £340! Lot 389, 2 Canadian native prints by Freda Diesing, estimated at £30-50 sold for £150!

Still the favourite gift for Valentine’s day, the jewellery and silver section did well, with quite a few lots beating their estimates. Lot 28, 18ct gold, sapphire and diamond ring, estimate £40-80 made £160.  Lot 21, silver salt and mustard and salt and pepper and tongs sold for £45. Lot 25, an attractive gold late Victorian gold coloured metal, enamelled and diamond set floral brooch, sold for £130. Lot 27, a yellow metal high carat ring 5g went for £70.

Lot 40, late Victorian 9ct gold and graduated opal stiff bracelet, estimated at £70-100, sold for £260! Lot 33, a yellow metal horse-form brooch, with textured surface, faint mark to pin, 15 grams went for £120. Lot 208, 2 large hallmarked silver photo frames, estimated at £20-40 achieved £100! Lot 129, a pair of Edward VII silver photograph framed of Art Nouveau design, Birmingham 1905, sold for £300. Lot 67, 19 pieces – silver backed brushes, mirrors etc, 1 EPNS and a quantity of silver handled cutlery etc, which the vendor discovered in a cupboard made £150. Lot 77, a set of silver coffee spoons, silver forks and other silver and silver plate, estimated at £30-40 went for £70.

Ceramics achieved some unexpected prices – lot 141, a large floral bowl in Ann Macbeth style, sold for £100 to a telephone bidder, above its £30-50 estimate, and lot 218, a pair of Cantonese Famille Rose vases, estimated at £30-50 sold for £80.

The miscellaneous section delivered, with quite a few lots beating their estimates. Lot 70, a knitting stick made in 1898 for a Miss Anne Parker of Melkinthorpe by a carpenter who would become her husband, William Edward Taylor, sold for £65, above its estimate of £10-20. Lot 293, a box of Liberty fabrics, estimated at £30-40 sold for £85, a trend carrying over from our last sale. Lot 123, a wrought iron and stained glass hanging lantern went for £160, above its estimate of £50-100. Lot 191, two antique postcard albums, mainly Edwardian and stamp album, estimated at £20-30 sold for £70. Lot 114, a Treen dairy bowl, estimated at £40-80, sold for £150.

Lot 199, 8 Thomas Bewick printing blocks and Volume II of Bewick’s British Birds, estimated at £60-80, sold for £200! Lot 131, LMS railway lamp sold for £60, originally estimated at £20-30. Lot 261, a box containing 12 vintage daggers, estimated at £15-25, sold for £60. Lot 311, a box of dolls and dolls house furniture, estimated at £15-25 sold for £60. Lot 641, a box of binoculars and spotting scopes, estimated at £20-30 sold for £55. After a lot of interest, lot 496, a taxidermy fox mask, Spicer-Melbreak fox hounds, estimated at £30-50 sold for £180!

Music-related items also did well. Lot 93, a Sony music system with surround sound, blasted past its £15-20 estimate at £75. Lot 267, a box of LPs, vintage, heavy rock etc estimated at £10-20 made £65.

In the furniture section, quite a few lots exceeded their estimates. In the tables section, lot 392, three oak bedside tables, estimated at £30-50 sold for £110! Lot 393, an oak coffee table, sold for £48, above its £20-30 estimate. Lot 407, a solid oak nest of tables, estimated at £20-30 sold for £65. Lot 408, a pair of Art Deco side cabinets sold for £150, high above the £30-50 estimate! Lot 482, a George III mahogany tripod table, estimated at £30-50 sold for £70.

Lot 504, Ercol drop leaf coffee table, estimated at £30-60 made £80. Lot 511, a pine farmhouse table, single leaf, sold for just above its £40-60 estimate at £80. Lot 560, pine wardrobe, estimated at £40-60 sold for £95. Lot 562, three folding tables, sold for £75, above its estimated £30-50. Another lot of folding tables, two this time, estimated at £20-40 sold for £75.

Chairs also made healthy prices. Lot 582, a set of eight Ibex spindle kitchen chairs sold for £220. Lot 591, a Victorian deep buttoned spoon back settee made £160. Lot 593, four elm hoop stick back chairs, stool and high chair estimated at £20-30 sold for £120! Lot 602, four beech kitchen chairs estimated at £20-30 sold for £65.

Cupboards, desks, chests and sideboards also proved popular.  Lot 396, an oak bedding box, estimated at £15-25 made £60. Lot 427, an oak chest of drawers, estimated at £20-30 sold for £75. Lot 435, a mahogany desk with brass gallery sold for £100. Lot 437, a Victorian Green Man carved oak sideboard, smashed its £100-150 estimate when it sold for £360! Lot 451, a small reproduction walnut wardrobe/armoire, estimated at £30-50 made £80. Lot 456, a stripped pine secretaire chest sold for £140. Lot 494, a small rustic two door cupboard, estimated at £30-40 sold for £60. Lot 548, a Victorian tall kitchen storage cupboard went for £130.

Lot 322, a large Eastern style rug, estimated at £30-40 sold for £70. Lot 640, an auto bike rack, estimated at £5-10 sold for £80! Lot 652, a garden roller for ride on mower, sold for £120. Lot 671, a Marin Nail trail mountain bike sold for £70. Lot 519, a mahogany standard lamp, estimated at £30-40 sold for £70. Lot 610, a lamp top with bracket, estimated at £100-150 sold for £180.

Our next sale will be 21st February, Interiors featuring Clocks, Pocket Watches & Scientific Instruments. We’ll be accepting entries from 12th-14th February. If you’d like any free valuation and sale advice, contact us on 01768 890781 or email info@pfkauctions.co.uk

We hope to see you for our next sale!


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