Published 12th December 2013
The final sale to be held at our Dowell Street auction rooms in Honiton promised to include some exciting finds and it did not disappoint. The inclusion of the Castle Hill Attic Sale and the presence of Bargain Hunt all contributed to making it a fun packed day.
Chris Hampton, Managing Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, took to the rostrum to sell the Castle Hill Attic Sale items amongst which there were some very good prices achieved.
The top lot of the day was for a set of six carved mahogany dining chairs in the Chippendale taste (HO81/95), which sold for £4,000. Another item from the Castle Hill Attic Sale which exceeded all expectations was the central gilt metal column from a chandelier (HO81/50) which created a great deal of interest. With wrythen urn and acanthus scroll ornament, a pair of gilt metal twin branch wall appliqué with drapery hung urn and Chinese mask and husk garland, this unusual piece sold for £3,600.
In the ceramic section of the Castle Hill Attic Sale, the highlight was a Dagoty Paris porcelain cabinet plate (HO81/17), finely painted with a scene from the Italian campaign of the Napoleonic Wars commemorating the taking of the bridge over the Marezal at Karako. This again exceeded expectations to go under the hammer for £2,000.
Brian Goodison-Blanks, who had been involved with the filming with Tim Wonnacott for BBC Bargain Hunt then took to the rostrum to sell the Bargain Hunt lots and the many other lots on offer.
Highlights of this section of the sale included a 19th Century tortoiseshell brise fan (HO81/355) which sold for £820 and a 19th Century French brass and champlevé enamel clock garniture (HO81/362) which realised £600.
The sale was extremely well attended and the trays of mince pies on offer were soon to disappear!