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Antique, Rare Pottery & Fine Art Auction News

Debbie Porter

The two day Antique & Fine Art Sale took place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016 and was well attended on both days.

The auctioneer started the sale on Saturday morning at 10am with a collection of Royal Doulton Bunnykins.  There were many buyers interested in the Royal Doulton rare Bunnykins figure, Mary, which sold for £300, another lot that generated some attention was Lot 19, Mr & Mrs Bunnykins at the Easter Parade which sold for £320.

Following the Bunnykins, were the Beswick & Royal Albert Beatrix Potter Figures and the Beswick Beatrix Potter rare figure Duchess with Flowers was a top seller in this section with a hammer price of £720.  This was followed by a collection of Alice in Wonderland figures which was sold for £110.

Next up were the Royal Doulton figures, which included some of the very special Prestige pieces from the personal collection of Alan Maslankowski.  St. George, HN4371 sold for £6,000 and Alexander the Great, HN4481 went for £4,800.  The rare set of small prototype character jugs, ‘Dad’s Army’, Lot 777, fetched £5,400.  In general, the Royal Doulton figurines and Character Jugs, in this sale, realised some very good prices.

The top seller in the Beswick section, which included the Morris Abbot collection was the rare Arab Stallion with saddle on a wooden plinth, which went for £1,400.

Our sale commenced on Sunday 25th September at 11am with a selection of 19th Century furniture, the Marquetry Escritoire with brass Ormolu mounts, went for £820, and the Art Nouveau oak court cupboard fetched £580.

Other very successful items in the Sunday sale were the Louis Panormo guitar, which sold for £1,250, the rare Wilkinson’s Toby jug, Reginald Mitchell which fetched £1,050, the Royal Doulton Character jug, Pearly Girl in the rare white colourway, realised £950, followed by the Royal Doulton Hatless Drake in a red colourway which sold for £900. 

A lot of WWII badges sold for £880, there were other militaria lots that generated a lot of activity in the saleroom.  Lot 1036, an extensive collection of old postcards fetched a price of £880 which was a surprise lot for all, as this went well above the estimate. Lot 1070 which was a large leather bound book of photographs of India, Malta, Suez Canal with C Donaldon Hudson coat of arms label was sold for £820 and a pair of silver candlesticks realised a price of £420.  

We also had a large collection of Lladro pieces which generated a furious spurt of internet bidding, with a large prestige matte figure of a clown, ‘Mischievous Musician’, achieving a sale price of £150.

Jewellery was another very good seller in this Fine Art Sale, a ladies diamond ring set with five large old cut diamonds and eight small diamonds had a number of people on the telephone lines bidding on this lot and this lovely ring eventually sold for £1,600, another Opal and diamond ring sold for £420.

Overall, we had a very varied and exciting sale with many rare and special pieces, however, the Top Selling lot was the Imperial Porcelain St. Petersburg Russian, which had five telephone lines competing for this item, the winning bid was a staggering £15,200, much to the delight of all attending the auction.

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