Sale report for the 29th November Fine Art & Antiques

Sale report for the 29th November Fine Art & Antiques

Following on from two very busy days of viewing, the saleroom had one of the largest number of potential buyers in the building and registered on the internet that we have seen for several years.

In the jewellery, watches and silver section, 70 of the 71 lots offered found new homes, highlights being a George III pair of Irish candlesticks, estimated at £1,500/2,000 selling to a local collector for £2,820 underbid by the internets, a gentleman’s Brietling for Bentley wristwatch was bought by a Bentley owner for £2,400 and a 17th century child’s gold and enamel, found in a Thornton le Dale field, sold to a French collector at £720, underbid by a local client.

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The 36 lots of taxidermy were all sold, several to an American internet bidder and in in the ceramics section an Art Deco tea set was bought by a Welsh Member of Parliament. The alcohol section was another sell out with a highlight being the rare bottle of Delva “Afrika Corps Lost Liquor” blended whisky selling for £360, two bottles of Chateau La Tour, 1973, purchased in Tescos for £2.19 a bottle sold for £336, not a bad return and a shame they drank the others!!


In the paintings section a L.S. Lowry limited edition print, despite being in poor condition, sold for £2,040, highlighting the current strength of his work. The largest collection of Fred, Mary and Kenneth Elwell’s, along with several Walter Goodin’s drew the local collectors to the rooms. Hornsea Museum bought a Fred Elwell portrait of local dignitary J.A. Wade, Beverley Art Gallery bought a Kenneth Ewell of Beverley Minister whilst others went to local collectors.

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Unusual in the current climate, the offering of Georgian and Victorian furniture was near sell out, with pieces being contested like 15 years ago, maybe the market is turning? A section of Yorkshire oak was hotly contested, especially a Colin Almack “Beaverman” sideboard which was bought by his son in law at £1,680 and a dining table and chairs, bought by a local collector for £2,880, after a long battle with three other bidders.

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The highlight of the sale was a rare Finnish dining table and chairs, designed by Alvar Aalto for Finmar Ltd. Bought from Barkers of Hull in 1939 by an architect for £18 and 10 shillings, sold by his grandson, it was hotly contested by bidders from Finland, Denmark and the UK before selling to a London collector, on the telephone, for £4,920.