Spring Fine Art & Collectors Sale


22ND & 23RD March 2017

Richard Winterton Auctioneers are delighted to report that their first Fine Art sale of 2017 was a huge success, with over 800 lots on offer which resulted in a very high percentage of lots sold if felt like Spring was in the air and a saleroom was packed with bidders from start to finish.

Jewellery and silver were the auction openers with many of the lots having multiple telephone bidder interest, not to mention stiff competition from bidders in the room and on the internet. Highlights include two late Victorian gold cuff bangles which sold for a £850 and £1300 respectively, meanwhile diamond rings were in great demand as a late Victorian diamond cluster ring soared past it’s estimated value to reach £2200 and two further diamond rings realised £2300 and £1700. Silver tea sets were also performing well but top selling lot of the silver was an early 20th Century canteen of cutlery, hallmarked for Sheffield 1919 the hammer fell at £1500. 

Many buyers came to the Lichfield Auction Centre purely for the single owner collection of Ruskin pottery, the 70 lots offered something for all pockets and covered a wide range of the wares produced by the firm. Totalling a little over £10,000 for the entire collection the top two selling lots were a pair of blue glazed door plates making £400 and a miniature vase of 9.5cm which was decorated with an orange glaze and with a leaf decoration flying past the £50-£80 estimate at £650. Other ceramic lots sold well with a renewed interest in Royal Worcester and Staffordshire pottery but nothing came close to a late 18th Century English Delft tankard, decorated with a drinking rhyme it proved a much sought after object when the hammer came down at £800. 

Cigars, wines and whisky were well represented and the trade hasn’t diminished for good quality vintage items. Once again there was something on offer for all budgets but top performing lot comprised of two bottles of Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva wine, 1971 vintage, they took £260.

The final section of the first day was the furniture, carpets and rugs. It included a good range of styles and included restoration pieces as well as items ready to take home and use. A large 18th Century sword chest proved that size sometimes is everything when it raced away to take £1100. Victorian gilt framed over mantel mirrors found a new owner selling for £400 and £360 respectively, a Victorian mahogany four poster bed sold for £600 and selling well above estimate were a pair of modern Persian pink silk rugs £1550.

Toy Sale 23rd March 2017

As usual there was a strong demand for vintage and modern diecast vehicles of all types with a collection of boxed modern bus models making over £1,300, a large amount of mostly modern locomotives and rolling stock selling strongly.

A collection of boxed Timpo Toys items sold for over £300 with several large scale plastic construction kits of ships and aircraft making over £100 each

Highlight of the sale was a complete collection 1930’s Chad Valley/Walt Disney Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs dolls, originally sold at the time of the original release of the film, these all retained their identifying name tags, had been kept in their original boxes and were in fantastic condition and sold for £1,100.

Maritime & Nautical Interest 22nd March

A LATE 20TH CENTURY 1:120 SCALE MODEL OF R.M.S. MAURETANIA, built 1982-86 by Fred Mew of Yorkshire, housed in a glazed display case standing on a yew wood finish unit with four drawer and cupboards, dimensions of display case approximately 92cm high x 44.5cm depth x 227.5cm length, The Mauretania was built in 1906 by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson for The Cunard Steam Ship Co, she remained in service until 1934 and scrapping commenced in 1935 sold for £5,000 to an internet buyer  

Stamps section sold for over £4,000, Medals & Military section sold for over £4,000 and Coins section sold for over £5,500.

The next Fine Art & Collectors auction is to be held at The Lichfield Auction Centre on 26th April commencing at 10.00am, entries close on Friday 7th April. For further details call the office on 01543 251081  


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