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14/05/2013 : May's Sale

Grinding out a record breaking sale.......

With summer approaching there was certainly a good felling in the saleroom for Adam Partridge Auctioneers and their latest auction in the Liverpool salerooms. With over 850 lots on offer, a packed saleroom were joined by 300 online bidders, David Dickinson and his Real Deal team as well as Rock FM dj's all hoping for a bumper day......they would not be disappointed.

The sale got off to a flying start as Lot 1, a carved walnut cassone, dismissed ideas that brown furniture cannot be sold when it kicked the day off making 1350. This lot was one of 200 from a large local house clearance that contained everything from 17th glass and works of art to the 2003 Ford Focus which sold for 1150.

It was one of the oldest items in the sale which fittingly achieved the highest price of the day. Lot 217 was a monumental 17th century bronze pestle & mortar, made by the known maker, Samuel Smith of York. Its size was massive, the condition was good, it was complete with original pestle and was inscribed for William Metcalfe of York 1679. Mortars of this date are not uncommon, but plenty of pre-sale interest noted its size and condition as factors to increase it's value. Two telephone bidders fought hard with a determined gent in the rooms and two online bidders before the hammer fell at 4200 to one of the telephone bidders, a fantastic result for a rare item.

Some five hours later the sale was still in full swing when Lot 800 was offered. This was a magnificent George V hallmarked silver and enamelled rose bowl, made by Walter Trickett in 1910. The pierced lid read "gather ye roses while ye may" and the condition was near perfect. No fewer than seven telephone bids did battle with a specialist dealer in the room before a collector on the telephone secured the bowl for a whopping 3800.

The picture section also did well with a collection of nude sketches making over 1000, but it was a famous name in 20th century British art which led the way. William Heaton Cooper is regarded as one of the leading names in watercolours specialising in views of the Lake District. On offer here was an atmospheric view titled "Morning in May, Wastwater" and summed up the misty, grey mornings that often sweep across the Lakes. Four telephone bids competed before it finally realised 1900.

Other notable results were 1800 for a finely painted plaque decorated with ducks, 1750 for a large silver tray, 1350 for a rare Lalique "Formose" vase and 1250 for a gold bracelet.

The next auction at Adam Partridge Auctioneers in Liverpool is on June 5th and please contact the saleroom for further details.