08/03/2016 : March Sale Highlights
A Saleroom full of eager buyers were treated to a catalogue packed with a really varied selection of classic antiques, collectors’ items and a specialist Oriental and Asian Works of Art section.
The sale opened as always with our Furniture section which featured an impressive contemporary gilt heightened hardwood bedroom suite, which sold to an internet bidder for £660, and a lovely early 20th century architects plan chest with 15 graduated drawers which made a healthy £640.
In the Fine Art section, a signed limited edition print by L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) entitled 'View of a Town', fetched the highest price on the day when it realised £4,000. Elsewhere in our Paintings category a William Gozzard (1880-1950) oil on canvas of a rural scene fetched £380.
The highly anticipated book of Hollywood autographs gathered by a ship's captain for his daughter made £1,100 on the day. It’s signatures were collected by OV Lucas, former captain of the RMS Aquitania and RMS Queen Elizabeth, for his daughter Margaret from his voyages in the 50s and early 60s. They included Elizabeth Taylor and Gregory Peck among the screen greats, as well as Burt Lancaster and Bette Davis who also feature alongside Field Marshall Montgomery and designer Christian Dior. Others who signed the captain's labour of love include Edward, Duke of Windsor and his wife Wallis, former US President Dwight Eisenhower, actors Danny Kaye, Alec Guinness, David Niven, songwriter Irving Berlin and the writer Somerset Maugham.
Our extensive collection of Oriental and Asian Works included a superb consignment of jade items in which a large pale jade and pale russet included cylindrical jar and cover the cover set with a stylised dragon fetch £580 and a large Chinese celadon and russet included vessel and cover, realised £460.
Elsewhere in the Oriental category a collectors lot comprising a pair of carved miniature ivory warriors, one raised on mother of pearl base and, two heavily carved ivory card cases, made £440 and a 19th century ivory netsuke in the form of a man holding a fan and a 19th century parasol handle made £280.
We concluded the sale with strong Watch, Jewellery and Silver sections. The highlights being a George VI hallmarked blue lined silver jewellery box and a George VI hallmarked silver four piece tea service comprising teapot, hot water jug, sugar basin and milk jug, which each sold for £460. Not to forget the striking 18ct white gold Boodle & Dunthorne engagement ring set with a round brilliant cut diamond, which sold £1450 on the day.
Our next sale is on the 6th April and features a specialist Rock and pop section. For information on this or for any other enquiries please contact the team on 0151 709 8070.