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SALE REPORT – 5th & 6th APRIL 2013
Sophistication, style and glamour were the hallmarks of Batemans’ two day
April sale of Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles, being dominated by the first
part of a private estate offering of gifts from an American heiress, Hollywood
film studio owner, and wealthy aristocrat. One such gift, which achieved the
highest price in the jewellery section, was a pair of Cartier platinum cufflinks
of double circular disc chain link form set centrally with pale sapphires.
Frantic telephone and saleroom bidding took it beyond a modest estimate to
sell for £2200.
A pair of Cartier platinum and sapphire set cufflinks – sold for £2200
In the first day of sale ceramics started the proceedings with strong results for
tableware and glass. A Royal Albert ‘Old Country Roses’ pattern dinner
service, a popular pattern with almost a hundred pieces in total, achieved
£620 whilst a suite of Waterford table glassware in the ‘Lismore’ pattern made
£400. Within the antique ceramics a pair of Delft Kraak chargers, nineteenth
century in date, but of earlier influence, grabbed attention and were sold after
heavy bidding to a Suffolk collector for £350. However, it was modern
collectibles and Moorcroft in particular that drew the greatest competition. A
pair of ‘Golden Jubilee’ pottery ginger jars and covers sold strongly at £310
whilst a table lamp, with its original shade, decorated in the ‘Andalucia’
pattern sold for £420.
The Saleroom, Ryhall Road
Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XF
Tel: (01780) 766466
A pair of Moorcroft ‘Golden Jubilee’ ginger jars and covers – sold for £310
The popularity of Batemans’ quarterly specialist sales increases as the months
go on. In April it was the turn again of Oriental ceramics and works of art to
be offered and, with an 87% sale rate, there was much to be pleased about. A
pair of exquisite Chinese porcelain bowls, bearing Xuande marks, raised on
fluted stems, and decorated with alternate medallions of dragons and fruit
sold to a private Leicestershire collector for £1400, whilst two Cheng Hua
porcelain bowls, one decorated with dragons against a turquoise ground, the
other against a yellow ground, sold for £1800. Bronzes also sold well,
although in some cases, this was despite issues of condition. A figure of the
god Amitayus, sitting cross legged on a square base, was lacking its fan back,
but sold, nevertheless for £2200, whilst a Xuande bowl with dragon mask
handles sold for £460. This was particularly surprising considering that a
previous owner had polished away its rich brown patina so that only a brassy
under colour remained. Other more eclectic offerings included two jade vases
selling for £400, an ivory brise fan for £250, and a collection of mother of pearl
gaming counters achieving £260.
Two Chinese Cheng Hua porcelain bowls, decorated with dragons – sold for £1800
The Saleroom, Ryhall Road
Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XF
Tel: (01780) 766466
In the eclectic collectibles section, as usual, there were some pleasant
surprises. A violin bow dated to the first quarter of the twentieth century,
after Albert Nurnberger of Germany together with a good qualtiy violin; one
of the remnants from the Estate of the late Carlo Curley sold to a collector in
Essex for £350. From the same period, an oak cased Tantalus with plated
mounts, containing three hobnail cut decanters, sold for £290, whilst a Leica
M3 camera with a Minolta lens, sundry accessories, and a Mintox spy camera
from the 1950s sold for £680.
The second specialist sale offering of the day was of books and printed
ephemera. A tatty collection of botanical books, including works by Maund,
Grieve and Harrison, attracted strong competition, not least for the hand
coloured illustrations in the Maund books, selling for £550. A fourth edition
copy of Mr Ogilby’s Britannia Depicta, published in London in 1736, made
£320, whilst six volumes of The Fruit Grower’s Guide by John Wright,
published by Virtue & Co in 1891 realised £290. In the philatelic section a
good collection of mint George VI and early Elizabeth II Empire and
Commonwealth Dependency stamps made £400. However, it was a lot of
local interest which stirred the most interest, being black and white
photographs by Gordon Turnill of Stamford during the 1940/50’s period,
which sold to a local collector for £260.
A photograph of Broad Street, Stamford, by Gordon Turnill, one of a collection – sold for £260
The Saleroom, Ryhall Road
Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XF
Tel: (01780) 766466
In the second day of sale the pictures provided a varied selection of Victorian
and contemporary paintings and prints. Top price of £4000 was paid by a
Surrey dealer for an oil on canvas by the Dutch artist Jozef Israels of girls
playing in a courtyard garden alongside an elderly woman at a spinning
wheel, and was dated to 1875. From a recent road show a charming oil
entitled ‘Refreshment’ by the Dutch-American artist Howard Helmick, dated
two years earlier, and showing a serving girl pouring beer into a mug of a
country yeoman, sold on reserve at £1800. Among the more contemporary
offerings was an oil painting by D’Aguilar of boats at Overy Staith, Norfolk,
selling for £320, an abstract by Joao Pinto of ‘the World in Space’ making £250,
and an acrylic by Alfred Daniels entitled ‘Israeli Cat’ achieving £400.
Howard Helmick, oil on canvas entitled ‘Refreshment’ – sold for £1800
From the same ‘stable’ as the Cartier cufflinks, a pair of novelty silver
condiments were offered in the silver section, each modelled as toads, with
glass eyes, made by William Comyns & Sons, for Cartier in 1972. These shot
beyond the modest estimate, selling to a local buyer for £950. Also selling
strongly were lots of silver flatware including a Mappin & Webb canteen
decorated in the ‘Pembroke’ pattern, selling for £2800, and a selection of
Canadian pieces including an asparagus server and a fish slice, selling for
£1860. Another item of local interest was a silver goblet embossed with
flowers and fruit, presentation engraved ‘Stamford Horticultural Society 4th
Sept 1872, given by the Marquis of Exeter, awarded to Edward Wilson,
The Saleroom, Ryhall Road
Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XF
Tel: (01780) 766466
gardener to the Earl of Lindsey, for 8 stove and green house plants’. This sold
for £200 but, rather than, as intended by the vendor, staying in Stamford, was
bought by a trade buyer based in Singapore.
A silver salt and pepper modelled as toads, for Cartier, hallmarked for 1972 – sold for £950
Jewellery and vertu created the greatest interest of the two days. Amongst the
vertu was a pair of spinach jade dice in a suede pouch, intrinsically
unexciting, but with the name of Tiffany & Co attached to them, taking them
to a higher level, selling way beyond estimate at £700. More understandably
interesting was a George III shagreen and silver mounted etui containing a
collection of gentleman’s instruments, including a snuff spoon, which sold to
a London dealer for £460. Meanwhile, jewellery highlights included a
Victorian 14ct gold kerb link bracelet with a cabochon garnet set clasp selling
for £610, 9ct charm bracelet with twenty two charms realising £880, and an
18ct gold and diamond set seven stone daisy head ring achieving £580.
A 9ct gold charm bracelet with twenty two charms – sold for £880
The Saleroom, Ryhall Road
Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XF
Tel: (01780) 766466
Finally, the highlight of the April sale, and again worthy of name dropping,
were two lots made for Dunhill. Both designed by Ben Shillingford around
1950, the first was a half-giant table lighter with a Perspex body decorated
with Angelfish against a blue/green underwater background. Selling on the
telephone to a collector from Hertfordshire against competition in the room, it
achieved a mid-estimate price of £1200.
Exceeding this was a rarer still satinwood cigar box for Dunhill by the same
designer. Set to the lid with a perspex aquarium of eight tropical fish, it sold
to the same buyer for £2500. Such excellent prices deservedly allowed
Batemans to say that their April sale was ‘smokin’!
A 1950’s Dunhill ‘Aquarium’ cigar box and table lighter – sold collectively for £3700
The Saleroom, Ryhall Road
Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XF
Tel: (01780) 766466

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