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13/03/2014 : Delightful Doulton Defies Damage........

A round up of our March 5th sale!

Lot 493 – A Royal Doulton figure, broken in half and glued, missing an ear and with its head rolling around by its side, who would have seen this as the top result of the day when a fierce internet battle saw the hammer fall for an astonishing £1750. Whilst the market for most Royal Doulton figures is in the doldrums, rare figures and prototypes still get collectors around the world stirred up to battle to own them. This flambé example of a cross-legged seated child is possibly unrecorded which is why, despite it’s appalling condition, numerous interested parties tried to own the figure.

The specialist section in this month’s auction saw nearly 150 lots of cameras and optical equipment. The highlight of this section was a rare ladies quarter plate camera by Lancaster & Sons. Consigned through the Macclesfield saleroom, this rare beast generated a lot of pre-sale interest with specialist collectors all over the globe, but it was a determined English collector who parted with £800 to take the camera home. Elsewhere in this section a pair of Leica Duovoid binoculars achieved £640, a Rolliflex model 1 sold for £500 and a Leitz spotting scope soared to £420. This is the first of two specialist camera and optical sales scheduled for 2014, with the next one coming later in the year in October.

English ceramics from the 19th century have also seen a decline in interest in recent years, however, rare pieces still command good prices when they appear. Lot 315 was identified by Adam Partridge as being a pair of Circa 1825 English hand painted cabinet plates in the manner of Sevres but attributed to T.M.Randall of Madeley, Shropshire. With this unusual attribution and with worldwide exposure, a local collector dug deep paying £540 to add these fine plates to his collection.

Other notable results came with £520 being paid for both a gold pocket watch and a Victorian chaise longue, whilst a 20th century Chinese plate defied not being old to sell for £500!

The next auction at Adam Partridge in Liverpool welcomes Flog IT! and also includes the first of this years specialist Maritime sales with a strong collection of Marine art including 3 large oils by Lai Fong of Calcutta.

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