"On-Line" Antique Auction @ Truro Sale Room

Friday 28th September 10am

ANTIQUES & FINE ART

       

Silver: 800+ lots inc. George III teapot, silver hinge lid cut glass condiment jug, card tray, silver hot water pot, Vict. Silver photo frame, Danish silver & glass preserve pot, var. boxes, flatware, spoon sets etc.

Jewellery & Bijouterie: 150+ lots inc. modern fancy yellow dia. solitaire ring, var. gold & stone set rings, var. gold chains, Edw. dia. & sapphire brooch pendant, Bilston enamel egg, 18ct fox head brooch, pr 18ct cuff links etc.

Watches: 20+ pocket watches inc. 9ct full hunter Waltham, Baume 18ct, var. watch chains & fobs, wrist watches inc. 9ct gents Omega etc.

Ceramics: early C19th Leeds creamware black printed jug, collection C19th toby jugs, C.H. Brannam jug, R. Crown Derby Imari, 3 x R. Doulton flambe, Troika vase, 7 x Clarice Cliff Bizarre, rare Louis Wain pottery cubist lion cat, var. R. Worc., Beswick etc.

Glass: var. C18th - C20th.

Oriental: 2 x Japanese gilt lacquer inro, var. famille rose porcelain, var. blue & white, 3 x Jade carved panels, Jade dish, pr Tibetan carved wood fo dogs etc.

Tribal: 3 x oceanic clubs, 2 x African head rests, rare Mother of Pearl fishing hook etc.

Misc: arts & crafts, wrought iron & copper fire screen, var. bronze figures, Lister junior stationary engine, Clarkson & Beckitt stationary pump, Poertzel bronze, Art Deco bronze dancer, 2 x C19th sperm whale Scrimshaw teeth etc.

Collectables: stamps, coins, dolls, toys & ephemera, militaria & weapons etc.

Paintings: 130+ lots inc. J. Torrents Llado, H. Breukelaar, C.J. Adams, A. Meadows, G. Ayling, Felix S. Moscheles, W. Lee-Hankey, W.M. Frazer, portrait miniatures etc.

Clocks: French ormolu & marble, Harding & Bazeley ball clock, 3 x Cornish longcase clock etc.

Furniture & Furnishings: 150+ lots inc. lrg Vict. Pale Oak library bookcase, Vict. ext. dining table, Regency Rosewood sofa table, George III Oak dresser base, var. Georgian-Victorian chest of drawers, 3 x C19th secretaire bookcases, var. rugs, var. chairs inc. Windsor armchairs, 4 x smokers bow chairs, dining etc.

Viewing: Wed 26th & Thurs 27th Sept 11am-4pm

Live Bidding @ www.the-saleroom.com

Catalogue

Valuer Carl Nielsen - antiques@lodgeandthomas.co.uk 07738 219438

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18th May Antiques & Fine Art including Oriental Art @ Truro Sale Room

"CHINESE BRONZE SELLS FOR £41,000!!"

  

On Friday 18th May, Lodge & Thomas - Truro Sale Room, sold a Chinese bronze for £41,000 proving to be a record hammer price for a lot within the sale rooms! The Chinese bronze which depicts Amitayus Buddha seated in meditation upon a lotus base, and of a diminutive 10 inches high, had a later painted surface which was extremely fragile and crumbled to the touch. Underneath, tantalisingly revealed, was the original brightly gilded and engraved bronze surface.

There was international interest in the bronze prior to the auction, with Auctioneer Carl Nielsen answering more queries about it than all of the other sale lots combined. With all telephone lines booked, the auction of the bronze soon became a contest between two determined Chinese internet bidders who battled for over five minutes. The item eventually sold to a Chinese Art dealership for £41,220. This piece arrived at the saleroom from a Penzance based deceased estate alongside many other extraordinary Oriental artefacts. Among the items were early English porcelain and tribal weapons all covered in a thick layer of cobwebs and dust.

The bronze was not the only Oriental item that exceeded expectations, the auction had a very strong Oriental section overall and all items were received from local deceased estates and private vendors. Prior to the bronze, a pair of Chinese famille verte large vases, intricately painted with hunting scenes within landscapes with waterfalls and buildings, sold for £8,100 and was the first house record of the day as the estimate was far more modest at £1,000-£1,500. A small carved wood and lacquered Buddha figure also sold well, achieving £2,100. From a lady in Helston came a Chinese blanc de chine porcelain model of Guanyin seated upon a rocky base, almost certainly 18th Century and selling for £2,500. A Wucai vase decorated with playful children, which came from the same vendor, sold for £1,500.

From the Penzance estate was a collection of Oriental weapons including a prunus blossom and calligraphy inscribed carved powder horn, selling for £1,900. A ceremonial Burmese Dha sword with embossed brass hilt and scabbard, sold for £2,000 and a Japanese part suit of armour with Kabuto helmet and Mempo mouthpiece sold to a local collector for £1,400.The auctions high prices weren't completely dominated by the Oriental artefacts as there was a good collection of 17th-19th Century English and Continental porcelain and pottery. Most sought after was a rare 16th Century large Bellarmine jug with the iconic grotesque bearded face on the neck and the body with applied oval armorial devices.

Bellarmine jugs were produced in Germany and used to distribute liquids around the world, because of this, they can be found in early American settler's graves and fragments have been discovered on the Thames foreshore. This particular jug was missing its handle but didn't deter two American online bidders who competed for it before the gavel went down at £5,200!

Further exciting items included an 18th Century Wedgwood cane ware miniature tea set for two which sold for £1,200 and three mid-18th Century porcelain blue and white pickle dishes, which included a rare example by Limehouse, which sold for £980. Textiles rarely sets the auction world alight but this time a Persian silk embroidered cover or wall hanging was the ‘sleeper' of the day selling for ten times its estimate at £4,100!

Quality furniture is still very much in demand at Lodge & Thomas, indeed the second best price of the day went to a Regency Chiffonier from a Truro deceased estate. The brass mounted chiffonier was correctly identified by the Auctioneer as a fine example of the work of the famous furniture makers Gillows of Lancaster. Although these pieces were usually stamped with a makers mark, this example wasn't, but the quality and design had all the attributes of the famous cabinet makers. This item sold for £7,200 to a private collector who had travelled from London to attend the auction and was ecstatic to add this to his collection.

The auction had many remarkable results, too numerous to mention in this brief reflective article, proving it to be one of the most remarkable auctions in Cornwall in recent years.

If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine Art auction scheduled for Friday 28th September contact Auctioneer 

Carl Nielsen antiques@lodgeandthomas.co.uk 07738 219438

 



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