Our 14th November auction featuring Oriental & Ethnographica fetched fantastic results with Oriental items proving the most popular, soaring past their estimates!

Following on from our success of the Chinese embroidered silk wedding skirt, sleeve bands etc which sold for £1,000 in April to a Chinese bidder, a Chinese embroidered silk waistcoat was the star of this auction. Having emerged from a suitcase in a local house clearance, it proved quite the find, receiving plenty of interest online, as well as attracting three telephone bidders from China. It soared past its estimate, achieving £6,000 to a telephone bidder!

Chinese pottery also attracted plenty of bids. Consigned from a vendor in Scotland, a pair of 19th Century Cantonese Chinese porcelain vases and covers with only slight wear to the gilding and decoration did well. Competitive bidding from the internet and a telephone bidder had the vases well past the estimated £250-350, the phone bidder winning at £800!

A pair of blue and white double gourd vases weren’t far behind. Two telephone bidders battled it out, one winning at £750! A pair of 19th Century blue and white porcelain Moon Flasks with some damage exceeded the estimated £50-70 at £120!

A 19th Century black lacquer tea caddy captured the internet’s interest at £300, well above the estimate of £100-150.

Masks did well. Most popular among them was a 19th Century Witch Doctors Hat/Mask in the form of an ape, selling for £240, well above its £150-200 estimate. A Bete Ivory Coast wood mask with bar nose and stud decoration sold for £160 to a room bidder, above the estimated £70-100. A 19th Century mask decorated with Cowrie shells, possibly Polynesian sold for £90 to an internet buyer. A Dogan twin-faced mask with scarification to the forehead and eyebrows sold to the room at £100.

A Toraja, Indonesian Lado Lado of cyclindrical form, the lid handle carved as two human heads, the base featuring carved foliage and serpents, sold for £85 to a room bidder.

A carved stone Indian Deity playing a musical instrument also did well, selling to the internet at £280.

Most popular among the Japanese items was consigned from a local vendor. A bronze 19th Century vase with frog in relief, signed, lacking a base, sold to the internet for £180.

Gold did well. We had six lots of half sovereigns in, including 2 mounted sovereigns, selling collectively for £660! Three 18ct gold rings also sped past their £50-80 estimate at £130.

Jewellery fetched decent results. A Ladies Rotary 9ct gold watch sold for £130, well above the £40-60 estimate! Eleven boxes of Butler & Wilson costume jewellery shot up on the internet, selling for £140!

Miscellaneous items fetched healthy prices. A Mont Blanc fountain pen in its case sold for £120, well above the £50-80 estimate. Consigned from a Penrith vendor, a Brass and Marble Art Deco style figural lamp soared past its £30-50 estimate at £280! 55 pieces of Shelley ‘Flame Flowers’ Queen Anne Shape China estimated a £130-150 sold to the internet for £320! A postcard album shot past its £30-50 estimate at £160! A German army style dagger soared past its estimated £50-80 at £240 to a room bidder! A copper helmet-shaped coal bucket and other copper items had plenty of room interest, racing past its £50-70 estimate at £210!

Furniture fetched decent prices. A 19th Century figured mahogany bowfront side table sold for £240 to the internet. An Aesthetic three-door wardrobe sold to the internet for £240. A Windsor oak rocking chair sold for £220 to a commission bidder. A Victorian painted pine cupboard with lancet panelled doors in the Gothic style sold just above its estimated £50-100 at £140 to an internet bidder.

The next time we’ll be accepting items for our fortnightly auctions is 26th-29th November in time for our 5th December sale which features Wine & Spirits as the themed section.

We hope to see you for our next sale!


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