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Antiques and auctions

By West Country Life  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

  • Clockwise from main image: Surrealist-style Desert Scene With Nude Female Figure by Kit Williams sold for £500 at Cotswold Auction Company's August 5 sale; an Art Deco carved ivory figure by the well-known Ferdinand Preiss went to a buyer in the room for £1,100 at the same event; a half-bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne will be among the lots at Charterhouse's auction on Friday as well as a large emerald cut diamond ring estimated at £10,000; a pair of diamond drop earrings has an estimate of £8,000-£10,000 at Michael Bowman's next auction; a Louis Vuitton 'Beverley' shoulder bag sold for £300 with Cotswold Auction Company while a Georgian alphabet sampler made by Mary Harrison in 1727 sold for £380

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The Charterhouse auction on Friday includes a good selection of jewellery, watches, silver, wine, port and spirits.

"We have had a busy summer and have a great selection of lots which are soon to go under the hammer," said Richard Bromell. "This auction is always well attended, and with jewellery estimated from just £50 up to a large emerald cut diamond ring for £10,000 there is something for everyone in this department, which is closely followed by a super selection of wine, including a half bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne. Although not unusual, this bottle dates to 1914 and one can only wonder whether it was kept for happier times which never came along."

Viewing for this auction at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne is on Wednesday from 10am to 6pm and Thursday from 10am to 5pm, or you can browse through the lots at www.charterhouse-auction.com.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for its next auctions, which include clocks, collectors' items, coins, medals and stamps on September 26, and also for the auction of classic and vintage cars on September 17.

Items for auction can be delivered to Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS during normal office hours or call Richard Bromell at Charterhouse for a home visit on 01935 812277.

A desire for design dominated the day at The Cotswold Auction Company's vintage costume, textiles and 20th-century decorative arts sale, held in the Chapel Walk Saleroom, Cheltenham on August 5. Despite the weather, buyers flocked from up and down the country to bid on fashionable frocks, contemporary ceramics and amazing artworks.

Leading the sale, an extremely rare copy of the Wiener Werkstatte book Bilder Aus Karlsbad sold to a telephone bidder for £3,000. With brass embossed boards by Josef Hoffmann, (circa 1910) this exquisite piece of Austrian Art Nouveau design contains 20 lithographic prints from Wiener Werkstatte postcards showing views of Karlsbad.

An Art Deco carved ivory figure by the well-known Ferdinand Preiss, of a young boy feeding a dove, circa 1930, and signed, on a black slate plinth, went to a buyer in the room at £1,100. A painting in the Surrealist style by the popular artist Kit Williams (author of Masquerade and designer of the Wishing Clock in Cheltenham's Regent Arcade) attracted much attention, selling for £500, while a rare and early Royal Doulton figure of a jester signed by C J Noke (but with some damage), together with a Royal Doulton "Helen" figure, generated the most inquiries, finally coming under the hammer for £520. A Moorcroft flambe Leaf and Berry shallow dish with slip-trailed decoration of blackberries and autumn leaves on a blue-green ground was bought by a commission bid at £500.

From Art Nouveau to Art Deco – an Art Deco extending dining table in walnut with six matching chairs headed up the section of 20th-century furniture with a sale price of £900. Complementing this, a magnificently built Art Deco cocktail cabinet, fitted with glasses and decanter, also sold well, with a hammer price of £650. Two pieces of 1960s Knud Nielsen Danish rosewood (with conservation certificates) also did well, the set of table and chairs selling for £400, while the sideboard sold for £350.

Samplers remain popular with textiles collectors. A Georgian alphabet sampler made by Mary Harrison in 1727 sold for £380, while a mid 19th-century sampler decorated with birds and flowers sold for £280. In the fashion section, designer labels dominated, with a Moschino 1993 anniversary collection safety pin jacket (with other designer items) selling for £260, while a Louis Vuitton "Beverley" shoulder bag sold for £300. Flapper dresses always find ready buyers and a peach-coloured 1920s chiffon dress with beaded and diamante decoration was bid up to £220, while a 1920s sage-coloured, drop-waisted chiffon dress with bugle beads came under the hammer at £190 – both just right for a quick stab at the Charleston!

A large selection of linen, damask, christening gowns, lace, fans, compacts, hats, handbags, leather cases and accessories was strongly contested. Items ranged from a crocodile travelling jewellery case, which made £120, a stylish pair of Paloma Picasso sunglasses, bought at £80, a collection of lace-maker's bobbins at £150 and a fine pair of Huntsman, Savile Row, gentleman's tweed jackets, which made £110.

Entries are now being accepted for The Cotswold Auction Company's next vintage fashion, textiles and 20th-century art & design sale on November 18 at Chapel Walk Saleroom, Cheltenham, GL50 3DS. The auctioneers are happy to give free presale estimates without obligation by appointment or on free valuation mornings.

For more information or to arrange a valuation, contact us on 01285 642420, 01242 256363, email info@cotswold auction.co.uk or see www.cotswoldauction.co.uk.

Respected auctioneer Greenslade Taylor Hunt is reintroducing its popular general monthly sales at a new venue from next month.

High-end antiques and collectibles auctions are a regular fixture at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and the events are always extremely successful.

However, there is a gap in the market for more run-of-the-mill items – good-value furniture and effects. To this end Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be running monthly general sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, beside the motorway at North Petherton. The modern venue is easy to access and there is plenty of parking on site.

Auctioneer and valuer Peter Rixon said: "We are delighted to be able to offer a broader service for buyers and sellers, and will be building the new sales around the principles of choice and affordability."

Items of antique and modern furniture plus effects will all go under the hammer. Goods will be accepted the day before auction, from 9am to 4pm, and the sales will take place from 11am.

The first sale takes place on Tuesday, September 23, and others will follow on Thursday, October 23, and Thursday, November 20.

Entries are now being invited. Contact the auctioneers on 01278 410250 or 01823 332525 for further information.

Lodge & Thomas, the Truro saleroom, is pleased to announce that it will be offering clients and vendors an online bidding service via the-saleroom.com, one of Europe's leading bidding platform for antiques, collectibles and fine art.

This is good news for potential buyers interested in the September 26 antique and fine art auction.

Included is a lithograph by the great 20th-century painter John Piper CH, and a large landscape oil by his lesser known, but no less talented, namesake Cornish painter John S Piper. There are works by prominent Cornish artists Roy Ray and David Briggs, and more traditional works.

Also included is a collection of ten early 20th-century German bisque porcelain head dolls and the usual good selection of silver, ceramics, glass, works of art and furniture.

Bidders will be able to see lots on their computer screen at the same time as they appear in the saleroom.

They will be able to relay bids through their computer/laptop directly to the auctioneer.

A live audio feed lets you experience the atmosphere of the auction and live bidding with the-saleroom.com is proven to maximise the price achieved for items.

Lodge & Thomas will be the first mid-Cornwall auction rooms to offer this service to clients, and when the modern, purpose-built saleroom was completed it was built with good internet connection and modern technology.

With superfast fibre-optic broadband installed, it is tailor-made for live bidding.

Lodge & Thomas has already embraced live bidding with some of its car and equipment auctions via i-bidder.com, which is a partner company to the-saleroom.com. It seemed like a logical progression to offer the service at an antique auction.

Entry deadline for September 26 auction is Wednesday, August 27.

Contact Carl Nielsen on 07738 219438 or email antiques@lodgeandthomas.co.uk

A Rodin bronze will feature in Michael Bowman's 2pm sale at Chudleigh Town Hall today. Small Head of Pierre Wiessant stands just four inches high, excluding its marble base. The sculptor took this detail from the six full-size figures he was commissioned to create by Calais, commemorating the six men who presented themselves in chains to the English king long ago in exchange for sparing their city.

The Rodin Museum in Paris has a version in its collection, cast by the illustrious Alexis Rudier foundry some ten years after the artist's death in 1917.

The version on offer at Chudleigh was cast by Georges Rudier probably circa 1960. The neck is signed to one side "A Rodin" and to the other "G Rudier, Fondeur, Paris". Further examination has revealed al hidden signature inside the head. In large, raised cursive script, the artist's name "A Rodin" is repeated. The North Devon vendors recall the bronze originally belonging to their uncle who died in the 1970s. Large 1960s Georges Rudier castings of Rodin subjects have been sold for six-figure sums, but this small example has a guide of £8,000-£12,000.

An extensive jewellery section includes a four-carat diamond solitaire at £10,000-£15,000, a Columbian emerald and diamond art deco style ring at £3,000-£4,000, and a strikingly modern angular ring set with a rare large, golden, cultured pearl with similar estimate.

A 1920s gent's gold Rolex Oyster wrist watch has a guide of £1,000-£1,500, while a ten-year-old Omega Constellation comes almost as new, in its box with paperwork, and an estimate of £500-£600.

For catalogues and inquiries contact Michael Bowman on 01626 324071 or at michaelj bowman@btconnect.com.

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