Snappy sales at September Fine Art

THE September 2019 Fine & Decorative Arts Sale saw 668 lot offered under the auctioneers’ hammers of father and son team Richard and Tom Winterton, writes Sarah Leedham.

The sale boasted a large selection of loose gemstones and related items as well as some exquisite pieces of 19th and 20th century jewellery and watches amongst other antiques, modern design and collectables.

Of note amongst the gemstones were a group of spinels selling for £5,300, a single mixed cut cushion ruby £3,600, a cased set of famous diamond replicas made from rock crystal £2,800 and a beautiful oval black opal £2,000.


The jewellery and watches section of the sale produced the two highest prices of the day as a Victorian diamond cluster necklace with its original fitted case flew past its estimate to take £10,500 and a gents Rolex GMT-Master in stainless steel from the mid 1960s sold at £12,000.


A solitaire diamond ring measuring 2.7ct sold for £7,000, whilst two other stand out lots were a three stone diamond ring with a total diamond weight of 3.16ct realised £6,000 and a 20th century diamond line bracelet totalling 8ct made £4,100.

The silver section was extremely buoyant and achieved good prices throughout with several items selling above estimate. The top selling lot was a Victorian twin handled tray, dating from 1895 and weighing 116ozt / 3670 grams it achieved a final hammer price of £1,200.

A Victorian silver vase which had connections to a prominent Victorian M.P made £580 and a George V silver four-piece tea set made £520.

Ceramics and glass lots had pieces from the late 18th century to modern day and produced some wonderful results, with a very special piece known as ‘Boy On A Crocodile’ from Royal Doulton leading the way at £7,000. It is thought only half a dozen known examples of the figure were produced which makes it amongst the rarest of all the models made at the factory in the 1920s and 1930s.


The former Royal Crown Derby artist Stefan Nowacki, who set up a company of his own in the 1980s was well represented by a number of lots decorated by him, indeed a cased set of six coffee cans and saucers extolling his talents made £1,000.

Three 20th century Meissen porcelain figures of harlequins in perfect condition made a collective £1,770.

Works of art once again produced some fantastic results with an incomplete 19th century Chinese Canton tortoiseshell needlework box realising £1,050, a late Victorian carved oak bracket clock £900 and a small Blue John bowl worked by Edward Leonard Fisher at £600.

An interesting collection of sporting guns, rifles and accessories achieved consistently good prices and included an antique percussion musket dating from between 1855 and 1875 which took £160, whilst a modern 12 bore over and under ejector shotgun also made £160.

Over sixty lots of wine, whisky and port had an extremely high selling rate, led by £1,000 for a boxed limited-edition Culloden bottle of Glenmorangie, commemorating 250 years since the battle, only 2,500 were produced making this a very interesting lot for whisky collectors and investors.


Modern and decorative pictures proved to be far more popular than Victorian art on the sale day as another  highlight was the £9,000 hammer price for a work by Roy Oxlade (British 1929-2014), the abstract oil painting titled ‘Artist and Curtain’ measured 121cm x 152cm and achieved two new records, the first for auctioneer Tom Winterton as his new highest hammer price and the second was a new world record auction price for the artist.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers have had excellent auction results for signed Lowry prints over the last 18 months and this auction was no exception when an unframed example of ‘Peel Park, Salford’ made £3,200.

The auction concluded with 100 lots of antique and modern design furniture and the top five selling lots were all from the Georgian and Victorian selection of lots on offer, including £950 for a small 18th century oak settle with a box seat, £660 for a Victorian oak gothic design stool in the style of Pugin and also for a Victorian oak circular breakfast table which was fitted with slides which could accommodate semi -circular leaves to extend the size and £600 was paid for an unusual Victorian cheval mirror with birds as the supporting arms.


£1,000 was the collective price paid for two modern design wall shelving units; they were designed by Nils Strinning for String and incorporated a record cabinet and a desk.

The next Fine & Decorative Arts auction is December 11 and entries are currently being accepted, the closing date being November 6.

For further details, contact the office on 01543 251081 or email

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