Carpets a Flying Success with Wall-to-Wall Bids...
An appealing mixture of clocks, works of art, garden statuary, furniture and carpets concluded Lawrences’ three-day Summer Fine Art sale on July 6th.
Amongst the 380 lots on offer in the final section, the rare movement in a weight-driven skeleton clock led to bidders paying a double-estimate £5000 whilst an oak musical longcase clock by Samuel Ashton of Bredbury similarly doubled hopes to make £8780. A modern bronze of a polo pony by Judy Boyt found many bidders keen to race it to £850 and a good selection of fifty lots of garden statuary and ornaments was led by a set of four Victorian sandstone urns formerly at St Elphin’s School, Darley Dale, Derbyshire: these made £2440.
A surprise in the furniture section was the £4880 paid for a Victorian mahogany twin pedestal desk. An iron Armada chest (probably late 17th Century South German) proved to be a treasure and it took bids to £2070. A strong selection of carpets finished off the sale and these sold to an eager band of bidders in the room and on the telephones. The three top prices were paid for three Ushak carpets from West Anatolia: one with an ivory field made £4880, another similar with an indigo field made £6580 and a finer example still from the same region led the section at £8050.
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