Our first Interiors auction of the year had many surprises in store for us!

Our highest selling lot was 230, ‘Village Conversation’, a pen and watercolour painting by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), signed and dated 1817, which sold for £800.

The art section of the sale did well overall. Lot 247, a Saxton Cumberland map and 2 others, estimated at £20-40 sold for £95. Lot 82, ARR Ifor Freeman (20th Century Cumbrian artist) a black patinated plaster death mask/facial portrait of a sleeping figure, from the artist’s studio in Askham, sold under instruction of artist’s widow, sold for £55. Lot 294, an Ivan Pollery screen print ‘North Sea Light 1977’ sold for £55.

Small furniture is a trend carrying on from the last sale, with a few items bringing big surprises! Lot 125, a wall mounted spoon rack and Edwardian bathroom mirror estimated at £30-50 went for £180! Lot 358, a mahogany tripod table sold for £110, well above its £15-25 estimate!

The furniture section overall had the most surprises in store for us, with quite a few lots exceeding their estimates. Tables in this sale did very well. Lot 428, a carved oak 2 drawer side table, estimated at £120-150 sold for £180. Lot 361, an Art Deco oak table, sold for £65, above its £20-30 estimate. Lot 432, four rush seated chairs and an oak tripod table, estimated at £30-50 sold for £150! Lot 345, two retro teak Danish tables, estimated at £20-30 sold for £55. Lot 383, a pine table and four chairs sold for £60, above its £10-20 estimate. Lot 451, a small oak drop-leaf table, estimated at £15-25 sold for £70! Lot 329, a drop leaf kitchen table and five chairs, estimated at £60-80 made £140!

Chairs were also a hit this sale. Lot 478 an upholstered armchair smashed its estimate of £40-60, when it sold for £140! Lot 492, a set of four Ercol stickback chairs, sold for £250, well above its estimate of £100-150! Lot 487 a 19th Century walnut armchair of Carolean design with some damage sold for £175. Lot 476, a set of four 1950s red leather Cantilever chairs, sold for £75. Lot 470, a stressless recliner and footstool, estimated at £10-20 sold for £70.

Other pieces of furniture brought in healthy prices. Lot 312, an oak dresser estimated at £30-50 went for £140! Lot 372, a two section antique glazed bookcase estimated at £50-80 sold for £160. Lot 300, a 1950’s hallstand exceeded its estimate of £20-40, selling for £60. Lot 303 a reclaimed pine double wardrobe, sold for £120, just above its £60-100 estimate. Lot 324, a pine 2/2 chest of drawers sold above its £60-100 estimate at £130. Lot 373, a carved oak bureau bookcase estimated at £50-80 made £120. Lot 371, a 20th century Hamadan carpet achieved a magic price when it sold for £260!

In the Ceramics section, Lot 151, a modern Moorcroft tube lined pottery vase decorated with dahlias, signed Philip Gibson, 2004, sold for £130. Lot 164, two Imari plates, beat their estimate of £20-30 when they sold for £55! Lot 73, two Beswick figures with slight damage and three others sold for £32, above the estimate of £15-25.

The weapons section of the sale did well, with a few lots beating their estimates. Lot 41, a boxed Webley Scott “Tracker” 22. air rifle shot down its £40-60 estimate when it sold for £260! Lot 51, an Edwards of London 19 century oak shotgun case with some accessories estimated at £100-150 sold for £170. Lot 127, a pair of Georgian target pistols, both with white metal mounts, Damascus barrels and Leige proof marks sold for £110. Lot 131 a George V Officer’s sword etched decoration to the blade, marked the Aldershot Stores, Aldershot, held within metal scabbard went for just above its £80-100 estimate when it sold for £110.

The miscellaneous section of the sale performed well, with a few lots smashing their estimates! Lot 157, a mounted and stuffed sheepdog’s head – macabre, but apparently a beloved working dog in its day- sold for £240, blowing its £40-60 estimate out of the water! Lot 36, a group of Herdwick flock books and other related items made £160, smashing its £15-25 estimate! Lot 53, a box of architect’s items sold for £75, above its £20-30 estimate.

Lot 44, four boxes of watchmakers’ parts estimated at £80-120 went for £140. Lot 10, a Victorian silver christening mug, hallmarked Birmingham 1888 by H&T sold for £110. Lot 186, three boxes of records and a bag of singles estimated at £10-20 sold for £80. Lot 34, a pair of white Angle Poise lamps estimated at £20-40 sold for £60.

Tools and electricals also made some healthy profits this sale. Lot 512, a Belle minimax 150 cement mixer estimated at £30-50 sold for £70. Lot 538, a Sure-Fire Kiln with Fire Aid control with some damage, estimated at £20-30 went for £55. Lot 544, a Hotpoint electric cooker, double oven and ceramic hob, estimated at £30-50 sold for 100! Lot 566, a Aiwa Hi-Fi system and surround sound estimated at £40-60 sold for £65.

Our next sale will be 24th January which is a Fortnightly Interiors auction, featuring Furniture, Rugs & Carpets and Longcase clocks. Entries for the sale will be accepted from 15th January until the 17th January.

We hope to see you for our next sale!


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