Horse brasses spring saleroom surprise

Graham Paddison

Graham Paddison

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Dee Atkinson and Harrison’s live online antique and fine art auction on the 4 July attracted international interest from China, Europe, USA and Ireland.

The start of the sale was delayed by 30 minutes because of technical problems, with the online broadcast eventually getting underway with 70 lots of silver.

All but one lot sold, with the highest price of £1,600 for a pair of George II candlesticks. An early 20th Century Scottish four piece tea set sold for £600 and a large 1969 tea tray reached £580.

The jewellery section provided two of the surprises of the day, with a Georgian continental paste necklace realising a multiple estimate £2,300 and a similar period tourmaline brooch £1,300. A suite of aquamarine and diamond jewellery, sold as three separate lots, made a total of £4,500.

Old metalware can be difficult to sell in the current market but a large collection of horse brasses and harness mounts provided further surprises with 12 lots totalling nearly £3,500 – the railway related ones performing particularly well. Also in this section was an unusual pair of late 19th/early 20th century cast bell metal drip pans or troughs which sold for £160.

Among the wide range of miscellaneous items was an early 19th Century inlaid tortoiseshell tea caddy at £420, a Georgian mahogany knife box at £190, a Victorian stoneware chimney pot £190 and an American NCR cash register £300.

Traditional ceramics provided the highest price of the day with a 19 piece Derby botanical dessert service c1800 realising £3,300. An early Victorian Spode dessert service sold for £140, a set of three Chinese vases £120 and a pair of Doulton faience vases £110. The more modern ceramics contained a collection of Shelley Harmony ware sold in seven lots which ranged from £30 to £85 per lot. A Chinese jardinière made £120, three Royal Crown Derby paperweights £100 and a Moorcroft Islay pattern table lamp £150.

Highest price in the glass section was for a continental enamelled stein and beakers at £200, closely followed by twelve Waterford crystal drinking glasses at £180 and a Whitefriars drunken bricklayer vase £170. 20th Century studio and art glass continued to perform better than earlier pieces.

The objet d’art section included a Chinese carved tortoiseshell snuff box at £180, a Chinese opium balance scale £130, a continental ebonised two bottle perfume casket £140, a carved ivory tusk vase £110 and a Chinese ivory page turner £100.

Book buyers were particularly selective and local history books proved most popular, providing another surprise when a Kelly’s Directory of the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire 1872 sold with a bound volume of local Edwardian parish magazines entitled “The Dawn of Day” for an eight times estimate £320.

Modern cabinet made furniture performed considerably better than antique and earlier pieces with the highest price of £2,500 for a Peter “Rabbitman” Heap nine piece oak dining suite. Pieces by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson included an oak coffee table at £400, a bar stool £440 and a panelled oak single bedstead £560.

Pictures concluded the auction starting with prints and a set of four 19th Century hawking engravings sold for a triple estimate £160. Two signed limited edition Russell Flint prints made £90 and £55. Watercolours continue to prove difficult to sell but a view of a bridge over the River Thames by H B Brabazon did sell for £420 and a pair of Scottish landscapes by John Blair £350. Oil paintings were again dominated by local artists and a Walter Meegan moonlit view of Scarborough harbour sold for a double estimate £750. A Jack Rigg study of a fishing vessel made £170 and four Walter Goodins realised from £450 for a small river landscape scene to £1,200 for a view of Bempton Cliffs.

The next Antique and Fine Art Auction is on Friday 12th September 2014 and the closing date for entries is 8 August.

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