We hold monthly general household & furniture sales and quarterly on-line antiques & fine art auctions.
Busy auction at Lodge & Thomas despite the snowy weather!!
Buyers braved the snow and ice on Friday 1st February at Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room, to bid on over 800 lots within the salerooms first auction of the year. Although it was slightly quieter in the room, there was an unusually high number of commission and telephone bidding. Online bidding was extremely busy, possibly from people snow bound in their homes and so being by their computers.
Oriental items were again fiercely contested and one of the top prices in the auction went to a Chinese porcelain small lidded bowl, decorated with a child feeding a chicken and chicks, the lid and side inscribed with a poem, which sold online for £1200. Also a Chinese jade and coral bead necklace with a large jade pendant carved with a figure amongst bamboo, sold for £1050. Japanese artefacts are also becoming popular once more after being in the doldrums for the past decade, with a large Imari pattern porcelain charger selling for £650 to a telephone bidder, and a Meiji period ivory okimono carving of a realistic peeled banana which looked good enough to eat sold for £620 to an online buyer.
Tribal artefacts with interesting provenance always commands a premium and undoubtedly the ‘sleeper’ of the auction was a late 19th century leather, bone and wood model of an esquimaux kayak within a glass case. The interesting provenance of this lot was an old printed and mounted card label which read ‘Brought from Disco on the return of Captain Nare’s expedition in search of the North Pole – stones dredged in Davies Straits’. The bidders were obviously convinced that this was indeed brought back from the failed expedition, and sold for £1400 against an estimate of £100-150. Another item with provenance which sold well was a Victorian oak stationary box of Chinese Boxer rebellion and Australian interest. This box had a plaque which was inscribed ‘To Captain Williams of the Chingtu Transport no 106 ship from the officers of the New South Wales Naval Contingent 1901’. The box was a gift from the officers to the captain, for his part in bringing back to Sydney of the contingent from the dangers of the Boxer Rebellion. Normally a box such as this would sell for £80-120 but with the provenance sold to an Australian buyer for £880!
There was a good selection of silver and jewellery in the auction as always and there was some strong bidding in the silver section with a Queen Anne West Country silver dog-nose spoon by Francis Servant of Bideford selling for £580 to a Devonshire collector. Although unfashionable, a Victorian three piece tea set achieved £580, and a pair of Omar Ramsden Arts & Crafts pin dishes sold for £550. Vintage Gentlemen’s wrist watches are always in huge demand and a 1930’s Rolex stainless steel mechanical wrist watch sold for £750. In the ceramics section two impressive large 19th century Vienna circular plaques, exquisitely painted with classical mythological scenes within gilt jewelled borders and grounds sold for £780 and £580 respectively.
Traditional paintings by good painters are still selling well even though present fashion favours contemporary art. An oil on canvas by Sydney Watson, depicting a snowy landscape with sheep, titled ‘Glen Lyon Perthshire’ sold for £1200 whilst an early 19th century oil on panel of view of Blackwall by Patrick Nasmyth sold for £650.
Quality furniture is still very much in demand at Lodge & Thomas, and the best price of the day went to a 1920’s Gordon Russell mahogany wardrobe selling to a collector of the designer, sold for £2000. An oak Louis XV French day bed, consigned from a Cornish stately home, sold for £980 and a 19th century camphorwood brass inlaid secretaire campaign chest sold for £700. An early 20th century Merryweather London Patent Hatfield fireman’s trailer pump sold for £900.
The auction had many remarkable results, unfortunately too numerous to mention in this brief reflective article. If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine auction, scheduled for Friday 17th May, contact auctioneer Carl Nielsen on 07738219438 email@example.com.
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.
If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine auction, or to our monthly General Furnishing auctions, contact: