Sale Highlights from The Fine Art 6th December



With the festive season fast approaching Richard Winterton Auctioneers auction of jewellery, silver, ceramics, glass, works of art, wines, whisky, port and paintings proved to be the ideal opportunity for the buying of gifts.

For ladies who like diamonds or antique jewellery there was a delightful selection to admire and choose from, amongst the highlights an early Victorian gold chain with a hand shaped clasp set with turquoise £1500, a diamond single stone 18ct ring £1000, another single stone princess cut diamond 18ct ring £800, two 18ct gold bracelets made £800 and £700. Buyers from the Far East bought strongly for lots of jade and underbid the collection of coral jewellery. Modern jewellery by well-known makers proved a perennial favourite when a pair of 18ct gold Tiffany earrings made £300.

Although silver values had dipped ever so slightly by the date of the auction all but three of the 90 lots of silver on offer found new owners. Top price of the sale was £4300 for a George III silver standish which was inscribed with a presentation inscription dated 1836. £1200 was achieved for a pair of 1960’s oval silver trays. Tea sets, canteens of cutlery all sold particularly well.

An Italian majolica dish painted with the burial of Abraham from Genesis XXV, as it was inscribed on the back, created a bidding war on the internet, in the room and with telephone bidders, the telephone bidder finally succeeding at £2800.

Late 19th and early 20th century Worcester was well represented in the ceramics section, a brooch painted with Highland cattle and a vase painted with Highland cattle, both by Harry Stinton sold for £380 and £320 respectively and a pot pourri and cover decorated with pink and red roses made £600.

Moorcroft of the early 20th century painted in the pansy pattern came in the guise of two vases, despite interest on both the telephone and the room, bidders were unable to compete with the two-way battle on the internet, the hammer coming down at £1350 and £1900.

Two antique walking canes were in demand, they comprised a Victorian carved thorn walking stick with grotesque faces at £150 and the other proved of much more interest to collectors. It was made in the 19th century of ivory and whale bone, the carving down the shaft was extremely intricate and the quality of the piece was fully appreciated when it sold at £3000.

Fine wines and whisky make ideal gifts and the 60 lots available once again showed the demand for this sector of  collecting, although some may be bought for investment and to lay down, others were certainly bought to be enjoyed over Christmas and the New Year, of particular note a bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1949 £480, a presentation cased bottle of Bowmore “Sea Dragon” 30 year old Islay single malt whisky in a ceramic decanter £1150 and a presentation cased Bowmore “Blue Buchan” 22 year old Islay single malt whisky £420.

Amongst the pictures in the auction and very appropriate to the time of year were three oil paintings of the Madonna, selling for £180, £110 and £420 respectively but the top price of the section and more in the party mood was a large oil on canvas of the meeting of Bacchus and Ariadne which took £1600.

The next Fine Art auction is to be held at The Lichfield Auction Centre on 21st March commencing at 10.00am, entries close on 19th February. For further details call the office on 01543 251081.

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