The Auction Year

Published 1st November 2022

By Andrew Thomas View profile

The Auction Year

After a challenging and unpredictable 2021, our auctions in all categories conducted during the present year have given us considerable cause for optimism.  Collectors and dealers are as active as ever and any items of quality, even if of modest value, are pursued with enthusiasm.  Immediately an auction goes online our specialists are fully engaged with preparing written or verbal condition reports and this has become very much part of the service we are happy to provide. With normal physical viewing fully back in place and ever-increasing activity via the internet, the future looks bright.

We now have three online bidding platforms for prospective buyers to choose from including our own recently introduced live bidding platform, for which no charge is made.  As always, we welcome clients old and new to our premises, whether on a view day or to consult with one of our specialists.

Some recent highlights include from the Spring Fine Sale 2022:

  • A rare Spanish Renaissance coffer in spite of being in poor condition fetched and excellent £8,500 + buyer’s premium (estimate £1,000-2,000).
  • A fine Chinese famille rose yellow ground bowl, Daoguang at £29,000 + buyer’s premium (estimate £5,000-7,000).
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Chinese famille rose yellow ground bowl

From the Summer Sale 2022:

  • A mid Victorian sapphire and diamond pendant fetched £24,000 + buyer’s premium (estimate £12,000-18,000).

A most attractive Liberty & Co. silver and enamel timepiece sold for £13,000 + buyer’s premium (estimate £3,000-4,000)

A Mid Victorian, 18Ct Gold And Silver, Oval, Mixed Cut, Colour Change Sapphire
A mid Victorian sapphire and diamond pendant

Autumn Sale 2022 highlights include:

  • A pair of 18th Century Anglo-Chinese open armchairs which realised £19,000 + buyer’s premium.
  • A Chinese famille rose bowl and cover made a remarkable £46,000 + buyer’s premium, in spite being damaged.
18th Century Anglo-Chinese open armchairs

Book Sale 2021:

  • Richard Hakluyt ‘The Principal Navigations, Voyagers and Discoveries of the English Nation…’, 3 volumes bound as 2, which fetched £365,000 + buyer’s premium.

In addition to the Fine Art Sales, we hold individual Specialist Sales for Jewellery & Silver; Antiquarian Books; 20th Century and Contemporary; Sporting and Collectors’ and Maritime. The level of interest in our auctions throughout the year has been such that we look forward with anticipation to the 2023 season.

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