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Dee Atkinson and Harrison’s Antique and Fine Art Auction on the 13th September 2013 started with a tribute by partner John Atkinson to auctioneer Owen Nisbet who has retired after twenty five years at the saleroom and Owen responded with a short speech before commencing his final auction.

Almost every lot in the opening silver section was sold around or above the estimate with the highest price of £520 being paid for a Persian enamelled box which had been brought to a recent valuation day at Cottingham.

owen nisbet rostrum

owen nisbet rostrum

A 1920’s three piece tea set sold for £350, a canteen of Victorian fruit eaters £420 and a sterling silver jug £340. Amongst the silver plated items was an Old Sheffield Plate wedding cake stand which realised £380 and a Christofle five piece tea set which made a four times estimate £400.

Jewellery buyers were very selective with emeralds proving popular and two emerald and diamond rings sold for £2950 and £1700. A sapphire and diamond ring made £2000 and a 9ct gold charm bracelet realised its weight in gold at £1000 for 100grams. Another gold bracelet containing three half sovereigns sold for £420 and a lady’s Tudor Prince Oyster Date wristwatch £480.

Metalware included a Russian enamelled beaker known as the khodynka Cup of Sorrows which made £260, a patent action commercial bar top brass corkscrew at £130 and an Art Deco group of a bronzed spelter stag and doe at £140.

Amongst a wide range of miscellaneous items was a collection of over two hundred and eighty lace bobbins which realised £350, a 19th Century Regency style gilt framed wall mirror £250 and an Arts and Crafts copper framed wall mirror £180. A gold mounted walking cane sold for £110 and an unusual 19th Century multi-blade quill pen cutter, sold with a Portuguese pocket sundial for £130.

Chinese ceramics again performed well with a set of four Famille Rose plates selling for £380 and three Kraak porcelain bowls £190. A 19th Century Meissen wall mirror made £400, a Wedgwood Keith Murray vase £120 and a pair of Royal Dux figures £100. Two lots of Herend figures of penguins realised £140 and £180, a Moorcroft jug £320 and two Moorcroft vases £160 and £130.

A large glass section included miscellaneous lots of 18th and 19th Century drinking glasses which realised up to £180 per lot. A Lalique “Coquilles” bowl sold for £190 and the modern art and studio glass tended to perform better than earlier pieces.

A small collection of Canadian Inuit soapstone carvings sold well with best price of £120 paid for a signed group of an Eskimo fighting a bear. A carved alabaster figure of St Cecilia sold for £170 and samplers ranged from £30 to £200. Clocks and instruments provided one of the surprises of the day with a Leitz microscope and quantity of slides selling for £700. Longcase clocks ranged from £250 to £620, a French Empire style bronze mantel clock made £600 and a repeater carriage clock £270.

There were no real signs of an upturn in the brown furniture market but selected items did do well. A 1751 dated oak trunk made £550, a 19th Century oak dresser £550, a Victorian rosewood library table £400, a George III dressing table £650 and one of the lots which created the most pre-sale interest, a 19th Century child’s yew wood Windsor chair £390.

There were more telephone bids on pictures than any other section and these started with prints including a pair of duelling scenes of two ladies which sold for £85. Local artists and maritime paintings featured highly in both watercolours and oils. A pair of gouaches of Humber pilot cutters made £250, two Jack Rigg oil paintings £400 and £280, two pairs of hunting scenes by Francis Kenneth Elwell £600 and £700 and a view of Flamborough Cliffs by Walter Goodin £1500.

The next Antique and Fine Art Auction is on Friday 29th November and already includes six paintings by Walter Goodin. Closing date for entries 25th October 2013.

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