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06/06/2013 : June's Sale

Goldscheider wins gold medal....

Adam Partridge Liverpool's most recent monthly auction certainly caused a few surprises.....many for the same vendor! In the space of six lots, several porcelain figures saw a hush descend in the saleroom as the internet, telephones, and determined bidders in the room all tried to secure one of the rare figures. The most expensive figure was Lot 445, a 1920's figure by the Goldscheider factory in Austria and designed by Stefan Dakon, it was modelled as a young woman playing the mandolin with her dress decorated with a music score. A huge amount of presale interest led to several telephone bids waiting to pounce, but as the bidding rose quickly it was two bidders on the internet who fought hard before a collector in France paid 2700 to take the figure home.

The five lots previously had also belonged to same vendor and were Royal Doulton Figures. Now every sale has a compliment of Balloon Sellers and Autumn Breezes, but rare Doulton figures command huge prices. The problem with four of these figures is that they were damaged.......glued head, cracked body, restored bases and chips and this led to very conservative estimates although each figure was sold individually. The first figure was Gretchen, and this achieved 85, quickly followed by Moira who made an incredible 900. The third lot was London Cry which sold for 260 and the final lot was The Windmills Lady which saw another online battle push the hammer price to a staggering 1150........who knows what they would have made in perfect condition!

The picture section was a good mix of old and new, with an early 19th century portrait of a gent holding a telescope realising 400 and a collection of watercolours by James Milliken making over 2000. However, it was a section of contemporary art at the end of the picture section which set the records. Two paintings were by the Liverpool artist George Jardine who's works are becoming more and more popular, it was still a surprise though when a collector in the room paid 700 for the first before a Gallery bought the second for 980.

Elsewhere, the watch, jewellery and silver section continued to show the strength of collectors in this area, including a pocket watch selling for 960, and a pearl and a modern silver candelabrum making 540.

The next sale at Adam Partridge Auctioneers Liverpool is Wednesday 3rd July, and please contact the saleroom for further details.