Posted on 4th April 2016
Last month’s Spring Catalogue Sale exceeded all expectations with many lots soaring way above their price estimates and record results being achieved.
The collection of gold coins and sovereigns sold extremely well, reaching a collective sum of around £45,000.00. Topping the list was an Elizabeth II gold proof set of coins for the 2002 Golden Jubilee. Comprising 13 coins that ranged from five-pounds to a Maundy fourpence, the set was finally knocked down for £3,800.00. Not far behind was a single George V five-pound coin minted in 1937 that sold for £3,400.00 – way above its price estimate of £1,200.00 to £1,800.00.
Another item to double its guide price was lot 534 – a rare Shelley Pottery advertising figure. Depicting a stylish young woman in hat and paisley dress perched on a pedestal holding a teacup, this porcelain beauty may only have been 30cm high but it reached a staggering £3,400.00.
Also turning heads was a Konrad Hentschel porcelain figure in the Art Nouveau style from around 1905 that reached £1,050.00, greatly exceeding its £200-£300 estimate. Standing at 12.5cm, it featured a girl attending her doll in a pram and was one of a series by Hentschel for the Meissen company. The series became an instant success at the time due to their perceived modernity.
On a larger scale altogether but staying within the porcelain theme, an unusual 19th century Delft blue and white tile picture attracted a lot of attention when it went under the hammer. Consisting of 30 tiles in an oak frame, it depicted a bustling canal street scene and romped past its estimate of £300-£400, selling for an eye-watering £1,700.00.
It was also a good day for watches, jewellery, clocks, silverware, furniture and fine art with impressive prices achieved across the board. We look forward to our next sale on Tuesday 12 April.