27th JANUARY ANTIQUES & FINE ART AUCTION

Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room, held their first Antiques & Fine Art auction of 2017 last Friday, 27th January. With over 840 lots on offer, it was well viewed by local collectors and the National and International antiques trade. There was over 400 registered online bidders with www.the-saleroom.com and over 350 commission bids left online and with the auctioneers.

Over 200 lots of silver and jewellery were on offer with all silver lots finding new homes, with the top price going to a rare George III serving plate, dated 1791, selling for £350. In the jewellery section, a ruby and diamond cluster ring sold for an incredible £1650 against an estimate of £600-800. The ruby was of a pleasing deep transparent red colour, often referred to as ‘pigeon blood'. These rubies are highly sought after and by size can be more valuable than diamonds! It came with its original Harrods box and with a Cartier valuation certificate.

Oriental artefacts are still in demand and some remarkable prices were achieved. The "sleeper" of the section was a blue and white bottle vase, depicting figures in gardens, with a hairline crack and rim repair it was estimated at £60-90. The damage didn't deter the bidders and it eventually sold online for £500. A Chinese blue ground famille rose large baluster lidded vase sold for £850 to an internet buyer. Top price was a Chinese tripod stand, profusely carved with birds amongst foliage, selling to a Chinese collector for £2000.

Several bronze sculptures were included in the auction, with a Bergman Austrian cold painted bronze, modelled as a Cockatoo, selling for £950. Another sculpture which sold incredibly well was a Cornish red serpentine carving of a seal on a rock by local artist Lawrence Murley, selling for £1500.

In the Collectables section a stamp album containing British stamps sold for £620, and a 1" scale model of an agricultural traction engine sold for £700. Furniture was bucking the trend and there was a steady trade both in the room and online. Anything unusual or decorative carries a premium and a rare Edwardian Cadburys Chocolate wall hanging dispensing cabinet sold for £750. A Victorian ebonised credenza sold for £500 and a George III style leather armchair achieved £480.

 

 

29th & 30th SEPTEMBER 2016 - ANTIQUES & FINE ART AUCTION

Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room, held their most successful Antiques & Fine Art auction yet! Conducted over two days with over 960 quality lots on offer. The first day offering silver and jewellery, the second, antiques and fine art. The first days offering of silver and jewellery held many surprises.

The top price in the silver section was a WW1 silver cigarette case decorated in coloured enamels with British Naval signal flags, selling for £620 against an estimate of £150-250. Too many remarkable prices were achieved in the jewellery section to mention in this article. A good Patek Philippe 18ct ‘Gold Ellipse' gentleman's wrist watch sold on the internet against a telephone bidder for £3,300. Another rare wrist watch was a 1930's Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso. These watches were intended to be worn for Polo matches, reversed to the plain steel back for durability, so that the face couldn't get damaged. Found in a box of jewellery it fetched a staggering £1,900! An 18ct heavy gold necklace sold for £1,450. With all the silver and jewellery coming from private vendors and estates it virtually all sold.

The second day was brisk with many commission bids and over 300 online registrants. Ceramics were selling well with a Victorian Doulton Burlsem table lamp modelled as a Satyr, with original glass shade, selling for £800 to an online bidder. There were several bronzes in the auction, with a Bergman style Arab and Camel group selling extremely well for £1050. In the Fine Art section an oil on board by the Cornish painter Gill Watkiss sold for £1,700. Cornish Arts & Crafts were in strong demand, with a John Pearson copper plaque exceeded expectations to sell for £580, and a pair of Cornish serpentine candlesticks selling for £500.

The top price for the auction was an early Victorian sailor's journal written by one Henry Thompson, documenting his voyages on the Barques Aden and Cere, travelling to Australia and Sierra Leone. Both dated from 1841 to 1844 these are rare documents of life on board the ships sailing to the British Colonies, with lengthy transcripts describing his time in Sydney, Melbourne and Port Philip, as well as naive ink drawings of the local natives. With commission and telephone bids, the journals sold to an Australian online bidder for £5,000.

   

20th MAY 2016 ANTIQUES & FINE ART AUCTION

Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room held their second online Antiques & Fine Art auction of 2016 on May 20th.

Though lot numbers were slightly down from our January Antiques auction, this didn't make a difference to the overall hammer total with many lots being heavily contested both online and in the saleroom, with many lots exceeding expectations.

Top price of the day was in the Fine Art section. Surprisingly enough it wasn't modern art that took top spot, but a 17/18th century ‘Old Master' study of a bearded gentleman, possibly one of Jesus' Disciples. This painting was cut from a much larger canvas and also overpainted in several areas. It created much interest with two telephone bidders against online bidding. Eventually selling on the telephone to a London gallery for £2000. Other paintings achieving good prices includes an oil on canvas depicting Hayle Estruary by Hilda Fearon achieving £1250, and a Gill Watkiss gouache selling on estimate for £700.

Silver and Jewellery always sells well, and this sale was no exception, with good prices achieved for all including a string of butterscotch amber beads selling for £680. These amber beads are prized by Chinese buyers and are worth their weight in gold! Followed close behind in this section was an 18ct gold bracelet at £600.

In the ceramics section there was no surprises about the most desirable piece, a rare mid-18th century Staffordshire slipware pottery dish sold for £700, a larger and more pristine version of this dish sold in our January antiques auction for £3400!

Oriental items are also strongly contested and a blue and white lidded baluster vase, decorated with Ho Ho birds amongst scrolling foliage, sold for £650.

Biggest surprise of the day in the miscellaneous section was a James Bond movie prop, a prototype model telephone bug detector, which featured in the classic ‘From Russia With Love'. It sold for £950 to an online bidder against a local film memorabilia collector in the room.

A model Cornish beam engine sold for £650.

Our next Antiques & Fine Art auction will be Friday 23rd September, our next General Furnishing auction will be Friday 15th July.

Entries invited for both these auctions to Carl Nielsen 07738219438 antiques@lodgeandthomas.co.uk

    

 

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