Our 21st March Interiors auction including Sporting did very well, with many lots exceeding their estimates across the sale!
Our highest selling lot was 425, a Wilk (John William Wilkinson 1906-1994) pen and watercolour caricature ‘The Cough Cure’. Its original estimate of £250-300 was smashed when it sold for £550!
Consigned all the way from Somerset, we had a selection of Wilk originals up for auction, all of which fetched great prices! Lot 426, a pen and watercolour caricature ‘Wha’s Terrier Did-‘Ta Put In?’ estimated at £180-220 sold for £380! Lot 428, a pen and watercolour caricature portrait of Blencathra Huntsman Johnnie Richardson, estimated at £150-200 sold for £240. Lot 430, a cartoon ink and watercolour of a local character with hounds sold for £200.
Lot 434, a pen and watercolour caricature titled ‘When the Moon comes over the Mountain…’, depicting Huntsman Joe Wear and Ullswater Foxhounds estimated at £250-300 sold for £360. Lot 435, a pen and watercolour caricature titled ‘Sporty Old Lady vexed…’ sold for £200. Lot 436, a pen and watercolour caricature titled ‘In Full Cry’, a portrait of Mr A.F. Barker, Master and Huntsman, Windermere Harriers, estimated at £150-200 sold for £300!
Hunting-related items did well. Lot 78, a Logun Axsor air rifle with Hawke scope, case and pump sold for £400. Lot 81, a Leupold telescopic gun sight sold for £140. Lot 143, a quantity of duck and goose decoys sold just above its estimated £30-40 at £60. Lot 150, two large Eastern brass deer statues sold for £130. Lot 74, a Gamo Forest .22 air rifle with scope sold for £80. Lot 63 had plenty of pre-sale interest, the Kendal & District Otter Hounds hunting horn, estimated at £20-30 finally sold for £220!
Carrying the sporting theme across, Hardy Bros reels all achieved prices well above their estimates. Lot 58, ‘The St George’ reel, smashed its £30-50 estimate when it sold for £140! Lot 64, ‘The Princess’ reel’, estimated at £30-50 went for £85. Lot 77, six salmon reels including a Hardy Bros reel, estimated at £30-40 sold for £75. Lot 378, a box of fishing tackle sold for £70, well above its £15-25 estimate.
In the jewellery section, gold proved its continued popularity. Lot 10, a mixed lot of seven other watches and a 9ct gold wristwatch beat its £20-30 estimate when it sold for £110! Lot 17, a 9ct gold Masonic signet ring and a 9ct gold wedding band, estimated at £40-60 sold for £90. Lot 25, a 1982 sovereign ring with 9ct mount sold for £170.
Boxes of all shapes and sizes were a trend in this sale, consisting mostly of a local vendor’s collection. Lot 7, Four 18th/19th Century papier mâché snuff boxes, all printed/painted with portraits of women, one worded ‘Caroline, Queen of England’, sold for £110. Lot 16, an 18th Century enamelled patch box, the cover worded ‘May You live/And be happy’, a 19th Century enamelled metal vesta case, the cover decorated in a Rowlandson style and two other boxes, sold just above its estimated £60-80 at £110. Lot 19, a Georgian tortoiseshell oval snuff/patch box and a Victorian antler horn snuff box went for £120, above the £50-70 estimate.
Lot 21, a silver snuff box, inscribed ‘Theatre Royal North Shields 1907’, estimated at £30-50 sold for £90. Lot 34, a 19th century enamel patch box, reading ‘Happy the Man’ blew its estimated £20-40 out of the water when it sold for £140! Lot 35, three 19th Century papier mâché snuff boxes sold just above its estimate of £20-40 at £60. Lot 36, two 18th/19th Century French papier mâché snuff boxes, printed and worded respectively ‘Les arts et la decence’ and ‘La Baigneuse surprise’ sold for £65.
Knitting sticks are as popular as ever in our saleroom, with all entered absolutely squashing their estimates! Lot 217, a 19th Century carved and painted wood knitting stick decorated with leaves, a carved and inlaid wood knitting stick of S shape, three other knitting sticks and two horn tipped button hooks, estimated at £50-70 sold for £200! Lot 232, four 19th Century wooden knitting sticks, some with initials, estimated at £50-70 sold for £260! Lot 233, a 19th Century carved wood knitting stick in the form of a fish, with nail work initials ‘E.C’, estimated at £30-50 sold for £280! Finally, a 19th Century carved boxwood knitting stick with caged ball and initials ‘H+L’ and a carved stained wood ‘Love’ spoon, estimated at £50-70 sold for £110!
The miscellaneous section also achieved healthy prices. Lot 189, a 19th century bamboo cavalry lance estimated at £120-160 sold for £280! Lot 191, five glass paperweights blew past the estimated £20-30 with two bidders competing on the saleroom, the winning bid from Austria finally landed at £440! Lot 202, a quantity of Victorian botanical dessert wares, estimated at £15-25 sold for £55. Lot 203A, a bronze pig statue signed Barye sold for £110. Lot 223, a group of three antique Indian miniatures on ivory, depicting Mumtaz Mahal and Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal, the Taj Mahal interior, all with white metal mounts, sold for £130. Lot 245, two Victorian glass dump weights originally estimated at £20-30 sold for 70. Lot 253, a George V silver hexagonal teapot by Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1924, silver salt and mustard, Royal Doulton pin tray with silver plated egg cup fitting, estimated at £80-100 sold for £170! Lot 257, a Toby jug sold for £85, well above its £15-25 estimate. Lot 382 proved popular with two bidders online, two boxes of miscellaneous china etc, estimated at £15-25 sold for £110! Lot 397, a Chinese embroidered silk shawl, estimated at £30-50 sold for £260! Lot 772, a pair of Warfdale speakers, Arcam amp and Marantz CD player, estimated at £20-30 sold for £110!
Paintings also fetched healthy prices. Lot 271, a I. Moller portrait of a young girl on ceramic, estimated at £20-30 sold for £150! Lot 424, two framed Ullswater Fox Hound photographs sold for £75, above the £15-25 estimate. Lot 432, an oil painting by Benjamin Hold (1839-1917) of a grouse, relined canvas 45cm x 61cm, signed and dated ’77, in gilt moulded frame, estimated at £120-160 sold for £240! Lot 441, Fathers of the turf print by J.F. Herring Senior went for £60. Lot 454, an Alan Stones print of Swaledale, estimated at £20-30 sold for £110!
Original Simon Bull paintings did very well, following on from our previous sales. Lot 456, titled ‘Sparkle’, estimated at £80-120 sold for £150. Lot 457, ‘Delightful’ estimated at £80-120 went for £150. Lot 459, ‘Sunburst’, estimated at £150-200 sold for £280. Lot 460, ‘Dream’ estimated at £150-200 sold for £220.
Furniture performed well in this sale. Lot 570, a Victorian credenza, estimated at £100-150 sold for £280!
Oak furniture set a trend for itself. Lot 582, a bedroom suite sold for £100. Lot 582, a double wardrobe sold for £140, above its £50-80 estimate. Lot 613, an oak coffer, estimated at £60-100 sold for £320! Lot 643, a Victorian cheval mirror estimated at £50-80 sold for £240! Lot 650, a large stained pine bookcase, estimated at £150-200 sold for £420! Lot 669, a pair of Victorian glazed doors from a Shap Chip Shop, estimated at £30-40 sold for £170! Lot 705, a set of eight chairs went for £130, well above the estimated £40-60! Lot 707, seven modern kitchen chairs and three others, estimated at £30-40 sold for £120!
Our next sale will be 4th April, Interiors featuring Beswick, Border Fine Arts, Worcester & Doulton.
We hope to see you then!