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19/12/2012 : Festive fortune for ivory figures.

It is well known that the Chinese market is currently the strongest it has ever been, whilst the Japanese market has been suffering. However, the most recent auction at Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers Liverpool saw a collection of Japanese Ivory okimonos buck this trend.

An okimono is any decorative object made for display and is often carved from ivory as the collection offered here were. All depicted figures in various poses and the highest price was £420 paid for a large figure of a gent holding a fan and a bird. The collection of ten figures all sold above estimate totalling £2545.

The highest price of the day was reserved for a girl’s best friend.........a diamond solitaire ring. The central stone weighed around 2 carats and was flanked by two further smaller stones and mounted in gold. Unfortunately there was a little damage to the stone which reduced its value some what, however a telephone bidder saw off stiff competition in the room and secured the ring for £1550.

The silver market remains very strong both for practical items and decorative collectables. Two lots of note from the last auction were a salver which achieved £640, and a three piece tea set which made £520.

Elsewhere, a longcase clock realised £580, a mahogany sofa sold for £480 and a chaise longue made £420.

Our next auction is Wednesday January 9th 2013, and all at Adam Partridge Liverpool wish our customers and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!