Our Interiors auction last week featuring Asian and Oriental works of art delivered on its Eastern promise, with some great surprises!

In the Oriental & Asian art section of the sale, £110 seemed a popular hammer price, with quite a few lots exceeding their estimates to realise this amount! These lots included: lot 78, an Eastern brass tray overlaid with copper and white metal, estimated at £10-20, lot 118, a Chinese carved red stone seal estimated at £20-40, lot 76, a Chinese bronze two handled low vase estimated at £60-80, and lot 106, a wooden Thai flying buddha, estimated at £40-60. An exception to the rule, lot 49, an octagonal black marble table top inlaid with semi-precious stones, depicting the Taj Mahal in mother of pearl went for £200.

Other surprises in the auction didn’t just include the Asian and Oriental part of the sale. Lot 236H, a box of fishing tackle, estimated at £15-20 made £160! 236I, another box of fishing tackle estimated at the same, sold for £220, proving that the ever-popular nature of fishing ephemera. Our next sporting sale is on March 21st and entries are invited now!

Our highest selling lot was in the furniture section. Lot 583, a 19th Century Apothecary chest,sold for £360, smashing its estimate of £50-80. Lot 389, a Victorian mahogany apprentice chest went for £280, ahead of its estimate of £180-220.


Lot 623, a Victorian walnut writing table, estimated at £130-150 made £220 when the hammer fell. Lot 663, an Edwardian satinwood kidney shape table consigned by a private Carlisle vendor moving house, made £190, blowing its £50-80 estimate out of the water. Lot 681, an oak bureau by Reprodux, went for £190, well above its £90-120 estimate. A pub table and one cast iron base, lot 680, estimated at £40-60 sold for £140. Lot 713, a Victorian brass standard lamp with shade, originally an oil lamp, made £130, well past its estimate of £80-100.

Lot 324, a barograph consigned from a West Cumbrian deceased estate, estimated at £150-200 sold for £320. A German brass clock, lot 241, estimated at £10-15 went for £110! Lastly, lot 596, a mobility scooter estimated at £50-80 made £160, barely used by its South Cumbrian vendor.

Keeping the sales going, we have two specialist sales this week! Our Fine & Rare sale starts at 10:00am Wednesday, and our Jewellery and Toys sale is on Saturday 25th November at 10:00am.

We are always inviting good quality and interesting entries for our auctions at PFK, both for our Fine & Rare auctions and our Fortnightly Interiors auctions. In particular, we are now inviting entries for our 6th December Interiors Auction featuring Wines and Spirits, and our 20th December Interiors Auction featuring Tools and Machinery. We offer free valuation and sale advice, contact us on 01768 890781 or email

We hope to see you for our next sale!


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