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Lawrences Free Valuation Mornings @ The Castle Hotel in Taunton every Friday between 9.00am and 11.30am.
Friday 13th December 2013
Valuations with Simon Jones (Ceramics & Collectors Items) & Bimmy Amor (Jewellery)
Friday 10th January 2014
Valuations with Simon Jones (Ceramics & Collectors Items) & Bimmy Amor (Jewellery)
For further information, please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.
PLEASE NOTE, WE ALSO HOLD FREE VALUATION MORNINGS EVERY MONDAY BETWEEN 9.30am AND 12.30pm IN CREWKERNE
A warm welcome to Lawrences' clients, old and new.
Lawrences’ two-day auction of Militaria and Collectors’ Items in Crewkerne last week was a great success with a vast variety of the 1700 lots finding keen buyers.
On the first day, the auction began with arms and armour and a sidelock ejector by Charles Boswell shot to £4540; a rare and early Scottish backsword sliced through its estimate to make £3700; and a percussion or hunting rifle by Alexander Henry of Edinburgh made £4540. A highlight in the selection of medals was a Naval DSO/DSC group awarded to Lt Commander Peter Withers that made £4060. An exceptionally broad survey of world coinage included an 11th Century Cnut penny from the Guildford mint at £1610 [image 739] and a George II two guinea piece at £1020. Two Golden Jubilee sovereigns from 2002 took £3940 whilst the day’s highest price was paid for two foreign orders (Order of Osmanieh and an Ottoman Award); these made £10,150 [image 916].
The Collectors’ sale on the following day comprised all manner of things to catch collectors’ eyes and included an album of Australian postcards (£1250); a Jules Steiner `closed mouth` doll (£2150, see image 1243); a 1960 camera Leica camera (£2330); a carved wood and painted Noah’s Ark with numerous pairs of animals (£2600, image 1333); a rare tribal loom from the Solomon Islands (£930); a cold painted bronze of a magpie by Franz Bergmann (£1900, image 1491a); a cabinet of butterflies (£3220); and a tiger skin rug by Rowland Ward (£2030, image 1641). The day’s top price was paid for a Louis Vuitton trunk that travelled off in style to its new owner at £7880 [image 1594]. The total for the two days exceeded £380,000
on the FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH
at Martin Diplock Estate Agents, 36 Broad Street Town Centre, Lyme Regis , Dorset DT7 3QF
Two of our Specialists will be available to value your items
Simon Jones - General Valuations and Collectors Items and Miranda Bingham - Jewellery.
We will also be available for home visits in the afternoon. Please ring to make an appointment on 01460 73041.
Lawrences in Crewkerne rounded off their major 2200-lot Autumn Fine Art week of sales with a selection of clocks, works of art, furniture and rugs. Bidding was keen for the lots on offer and the auctioneers reported brisk business, even for the unfairly maligned Victorian mahogany pieces that have been out of favour for a few years.
A mahogany bracket clock by Laidlaw of London (£2980) and a Boulle bracket clock (£3100) performed well in the clocks section, whilst a Scottish walnut longcase clock by David Craig doubled its high estimate to chime with a buyer at £2860. Within a huge group of `works of art` (covering all manner of artefacts from jelly moulds and crucifixes to chess sets and chandeliers), high prices were paid for a bronze group by Moreau entitled `La Reconnaissance` (£1430); and fourteen puzzles in a black lacquer Chinese games box (also £1430). Amongst a host of four-figure prices in the furniture sale, a walnut writing desk from the era of King Charles II made £3700, despite showing signs of its years; a gilt metal occasional table climbed to £8120; a pair of four-fold leather screens with `Chinoiserie` decoration made £5970; four massive Louis XV ormolu three-branch wall lights effected heated bidding to make £10,500; a room-sized Persian carpet, covering nearly 200 square feet, made £1310; and a near pair of George III mahogany library armchairs offered comfort and a masculine elegance of design at £13,380.
One lot that attracted keen bidding for its rarity, its condition and its exquisite Carolean charms was a looking glass surrounded by a `stump work` frame depicting Charles II and his Queen, Catharine of Braganza, as well as a lion and a leopard within wreaths. The moulding was of faux bamboo and the imposing size (39 by 22 inches overall) ensured that a keen group of bidders contested it to £10,750. The sale brought the firm’s total for the week of sales to just over £1.1million.
Treasures from the East and West in Lawrences’ recent sale of Ceramics and Decorative Arts in Crewkerne ensured a keen response for the 300 lots on offer.
The auction began with a selection of furniture by contemporary designer Matthew Burt that had been made on commission for the Russell Cotes Museum and Art Gallery in Bournemouth. Following a refurbishment of the museum’s cafeteria, the furnishings were sent to Lawrences and sold very readily to eager bidders. Tables and chairs, made in elegant designs in English Ash, totalled £2460; a large tapestry of Hengistbury Head by Wendy Barber made £710; and even the cafe’s pottery (made by John Hinchcliffe with Wendy Barber) made £440.
Other highlights included £1490 paid for a small Moorcroft box and cover; £1250 for an opalescent dish in the `Oeillets` design by Rene Lalique; and £500 for a large Newlyn copper bowl.
Amongst the best prices in the European ceramics, £3100 was paid for a pair of Bow vases and £1190 for a small white Meissen bowl and cover. From further east, a Japanese bronze elephant (42cm/16 in long) trumpeted its sale at £2150; a Satsuma incense burner and cover was squeezed to £3940; a meticulously carved Chinese tusk section took £1550; a pale grey jade `pebble` snuff bottle, just 6.5cm high, made £2620; a Doucai cup stand decorated with peony scrolls and emblems made £1790; and a pair of Chinese celadon garden seats of hexagonal barrel form will allow their buyer to sit prettily at £3100.
Lawrences held their quarterly Jewellery auction on October 17th, as part of the firm’s Autumn Fine Art sale of 2200 lots. Four hundred lots were on offer and buyers were keen to buy, with some unexpected prices helping to raise the total.
Sales of amber will have given vendors a golden glow in recent years as prices have soared. A single row of graduated beads made £2980 and an unusual necklace formed from five rugged chunks of amber in a silver setting was bought for £710. A more conventional but beautifully geometric silver necklace by Georg Jensen was bought for £2270.
Items of animal interest caught buyers’ eyes. Two reverse painted crystal stickpins of spaniels made £700; an enamel and diamond stick pin of a jockey upon a horse raced to £300; a gold stick pin of a duck flapped up to £230; a painted miniature brooch showing the head of an eager young terrier made £310; and an enamel and diamond bird brooch was bought for just over £1000. To acknowledge all orders of the animal kingdom, mentions should be made of a diamond and gold cobweb brooch, without a spider but still attractive at £650.
The most interest was focused upon diamonds: a sapphire diamond and pearl ring was bought for £2500; an emerald and diamond cluster ring made £1430; a diamond-set brooch in the form of a leaf fluttered up to £1790; an Art Deco diamond bracelet doubled its estimate to make £4300; and another very stylish Art Deco carved emerald and diamond clip made £4780.
An 18ct gold cased pocket watch ticked away at £1910 and a silver pair cased pocket watch was bid to £1910 too but a Rolex Oyster watch made £2270 amongst a number of other four-figure prices for wristwatches and pocket watches. There were five commission bids above £5970 and five telephone lines for lot 1408, a diamond wristwatch by Cartier on a simply understated black ribbon band. The combination of elegance, sophistication and quality ensured that this was bid to £10,600.
Lawrences’ auctions of silver and vertu in Crewkerne are now a firm fixture in most dealers’ and collectors’ schedules as they regularly comprise over 800 lots, ranging in value from £50 to over £10,000.
The firm’s recent sale was over 830 lots and the vast variety on offer ensured that the room was full for most of the 8-hour auction, with considerable interest from telephone bidders and the internet too.
Highlights early in the day included a large canteen of cutlery by Tiffany & Co of New York (£6570) and a remarkable £3580 paid for a simple early 16th Century spoon. A suite of five Indian turban boxes, circa 1900-1920, were bought for £3820; a rare two-handled Irish cup from about 1710-1720 made £2500; and a slightly more elaborate silvergilt cup with cover from the same era took £2980.
An unusual set of six small sauce tureens and covers, made by John Houle in 1817, made £7170; a fine yachting trophy for the Royal Thames Yacht Club sailed to £6200; and the day’s highest price was paid for the largest object in the sale: a horse racing trophy depicting a chivalrous medieval knight upon his steed before a maiden and a child. The trophy was awarded to the 4-year old horse named `Compromise` at Northampton in 1870. The trophy stood over 22 inches (57cm) high upon a plinth of similar size and exceeded its estimate to take £14,900.
Following this success came smaller treasures in the vertu section. Nearly all of these 400 lots would have fitted individually in the palm of the hand: a nutmeg grater shaped like a strawberry (and of about the same size) was squeezed to £3940 (this works out at £5600 per ounce of silver); a miniature portrait of Commander Charles Talbot of HMS Algerian made £1070; an Irish Freedom Box for Cork, which had been passed down through seven generations of one family, made £2860; the highlight of a collection of fans was the £1910 paid for a Chinese ivory `face screen`; a tiny silver game counter for the shooting sportsman fired up collectors who bid it to £5250; and a card case by Nathaniel Mills showing Castle Howard, 1852, made an unexpected £3100.
Almost the last lot in the sale yielded the afternoon’s highest price: an 18th Century miniature on enamel by Christian Zincke, probably depicting Princess Mary (daughter of King George II), made £6090 and was not even two inches (5cm) high [image 832]. The day’s total exceeded £320,000 with very little unsold.