Our Fine & Rare auctions are our showcase of the finest items offered for sale by our vendors and our November 22nd auction was a truly great sale. Featuring a select group of 57 exquisite lots, we achieved a very healthy total hammer price of £45,000 for our vendors both throughout Cumbria and beyond.

In the paintings section of the sale, lot 22, the captivating oil painting of Pandora by Thomas Benjamin Kennington was our highest selling lot, sold to the room for £18,200! Lot 26, a 19th Century oil painting portrait of a cow, “Duchess”, went for £2,500. Lot 76, an unusual 20th Century hammered copper panel of a crouching nude figure by Cumbrian artist Peter Broadhurst, went for £250, estimated at £250-300. Lot 56, watercolour depicting a horse and rider ‘A Bruiser’, by Charles Johnson Payne estimated at £150-200 sold for £260. Lot 60, oil painting of ‘He Will Escape’, depicting an escape artist chained in a bag, by Clifford Hall made £500. Lot 65, three gouache paintings of ‘Ringstone’ Kennel Fox Terriers made £150.

The ivory in this sale did very well, selling for a collective £8,600! In particular, lot 99, four late 19th Century/early 20th Century Chinese Daoist figures of immortals, previously shown on TV at the Antiques Roadshow made £3,000! Lot 96, an early 20th Century Japanese figure of a woodsman holding a rabbit, probably by Hodeyuki, his son with outstretched arms, sold for £1,200. Lot 100, a Japanese figure of a toad seller from the same period, estimated at £300-400, made £850! Lot 103 did even better, a superb carved figure of a father and son sold for £1,500, eclipsing its £600-800 estimate: showing that quality always sells.

Lot 108, a pair of impressive late 19th Century Chinese/Japanese bronze vases bought from the Sotheby’s Crossrigg sale in 1994, estimated at £500-700 went for £760. Lot 81, an early 18th Century Northern English bronze sundial by I.S?mpton with local Whelpdale crest interest sold for £320. Lot 83, a 19th Century tortoiseshell single compartment tea caddy sold for £350.

In the furniture section, lot 115, two 18th Century elm two tier stick back Windsor armchairs went for a sensational £750, smashing the estimate of £200-300! Lot 118, a George III mahogany serpentine fronted serving table went under the hammer for £1,750, exceeding its estimate of £700-1000! Lot 122, an early 18th Century panelled oak dresser of small proportions went for £940, above its estimate of £600-800!

Lot 124, a fine Edwardian oak fire surround of Arts & Crafts design by Waring and Gillow with makers plaque sold for £800. Lot 113, an early 20th Century Orkney child’s tub shaped armchair with woven back, together with an Orkney woven handled basket, consigned by a Carlisle vendor downsizing, sold for £380, well above its estimate of £150-200!

We are now inviting entries for our next Fine and Rare auction, 11th April, and of course welcome entries for our next Fortnightly Interiors auction on 6th December featuring Wines and Spirits, as well as our last sale of the year, Interiors featuring Tools and Machinery on 20th December. We offer free valuation and sale advice, contact us on 01768 890781 or email

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