We hold monthly general household & furniture sales and quarterly on-line antiques & fine art auctions.
On Friday 28th September Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room, held their last Antiques & Fine Art auction of 2018. There was strong bidding throughout with over 600 registered online bidders on www.the-saleroom.com and with over 200 people registering to bid in the room.
There were some real rarities within the auction which made incredible prices. The rarest, and which made the top price on the day, was a Louis Wain pottery model of the ‘Cubist' Egyptian cat. One of the first cat models made by Louis Wain in 1914, these examples rarely come onto the market, and in such good original condition. It sold on the telephone to a collector for £4100.
In the jewellery section top price went to a 19th century Australian gold openwork brooch, attributed to Hogarth & Erichsen, Sydney, and modelled with a Kangeroo, Emu, possom and bird amongst palm trees. At only 9 grams in weight it far outstripped its scrap value to sell online for £2800. It shows that any unwanted jewellery should be seen by an expert before you scrap or pawn your items. In the watch section a rare early 1960's Titus Calypsomatic stainless steel diver's watch sold for £1700.
There was a strong decorative art selection within the auction, and an Art Deco bronze figure of a bat wing girl by Otto Poetzel sold to a bidder in the room for £850. The selection of Clarice Cliff pottery Bizarre pieces that were in the sale were sought after by trade buyers, and a Butterfly jug sold for £580 and a ‘Newlyn' pattern jug and condiment pot sold for a combined £700. In the miscellaneous section a Welsh carved wood love spoon made £1150. These folk art items were traditionally given by a suiter to his intended wife to show his skill in woodworking, and more importantly to impress his future father-in-law that he can provide for his daughter, and were carved with symbols of love. Ours had a heart, cup and locks with monogram.
As always in Lodge & Thomas auctions there was a strong Oriental section. The top prices were for two Japanese gold lacquer Shibayama Inro, both exquisitely inlaid in mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, ivory and hard stone. One was a typical five sectional example and sold for £1350. The other was a more unusual two section gourd shape and sold for £4000. There was a good selection of Chinese carved jade, which is much prized by Chinese collectors. Top price was for a pale green jade snuff bottle with character written inscriptions which sold for £1600. In the same pale green jade was a rectangular plaque, carved and pierced in relief with a dragon which sold for £1200. Three other pieces of jade sold for a combined £2000.
There was a strong painting section, with an oil on canvas river landscape by the Scottish painter William Miller Frazer selling for £3000. In the clock section a ball gravity clock by Harding & Bazeley of Cheltenham sold for £580 and in the 150 furniture section a 17th century oak refectory table and set of eight matching dining chairs sold for £600.
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