A splendid event
Our first TWO DAY Fine Arts and Antiques Auction on the 5th and 6th June was a splendid event with over 600 buyers registering to buy. The room was packed with buyers for all sections of the sale and online bidding through the internet was fierce.
Asian and Ethnic Art
Among the highlights in this section were a Chinese brass weight in the form of a Shishi selling for £2,800 hammer (lot 84) and a Japanese Cloisonné vase at £1,700 (lot 19)
The Coin department at Great Western Auctions produced a section of over 150 good lots including rare Wreath coins and a 1923 South African Pretoria Proof Set at £2,300 (lot 285)
Our Furniture section included 20th Century design with a Scottish Arts and Crafts Oak Wardrobe (lot 462) achieving £950, rosewood furniture by Arne Vodder achieving £1,600 (lot 432), £1,800 (lot 433) and an Art Deco Dining Room Suite £1,300 (lot 447)
Our Buyers were treated to a wonderful Jewellery section of 170 lots with substantial diamond pieces, Victorian and Edwardian jewellery and fine watches. Top lots, three stone diamond ring £3,800 (lot 568), a diamond solitaire ring £3,600 (lot 700a) and a ladies Rolex £5,200 (lot 667)
The Silver section included a three piece service at £2,500 (lot724) and a Philip Rundell teapot at £1,500 (lot 703)
There was great interest in a 17th Century ships carved Newel Post achieving £2,200 (lot 820) and a baskethilt sword £2,000 (lot 816)
A strong Picture section included a Sir John Lavery oil at £12,000 (lot 1003), Joseph Louis Francois Lepine oil at £8,500 and James Kay oil at £5,000. Later 20th Century paintings were also popular with the bidders with a Peter Howson oil at £5,500 (lot 955), John Bellany oil at £2,800 (lot 954) and a John Lowrie Morrison oil at £2,800 (lot 956)
The stars of this Quarterly Fine Sale were undoubtedly the bronze maquette of Winston Churchill by Ivor Robert-Jones selling for £31,000 (lot 1087) and the William De Morgan Amphora vase at £20,000 (lot 1141), both from the Decorative Arts department.