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Antiques & Interiors - Thursday 28th July

Amazing prices were achieved across the board at last week's sale. The auction benefitted from an abundance of collectors items thanks mainly to a Bishop Auckland house clearance.

Railwayana is extremely buoyant at the moment with buyers willing to pay above the odds for fresh to the market pieces. An oak LNER wall clock with a 8" dial created with much pre-sale interest and on the day three telephone bidders battled it out against a live bidder, one lucky telephone bidder eventually triumphed at £780.

Also amongst the railwayana were various signs. The top seller was a Bishop Auckland cast iron example which, despite damage, sold to a live bidder at £420. Two Shildon cast iron signs with D-ends quickly followed at £580. A 19th century album of scale drawings of steam engine parts was hotly contested by telephone bidders but they could not out-gun a live bidder at £500.

A collection of over forty Webley & Scott .177 and .22 air pistols surprised many with boxed examples making upwards of £300. One of the more unusual items was a Spitfire wheel, which reputedley came from a WWII aircraft flown by one of the RAF's leading aces, Alan Deere. It was sold to a bidder in the room at £170. Continuing the theme, £360 was paid for a Military Issue pilot's cockpit watch.

The shock of the day came in the form of a violin, cased with a bow. The quality and the fact it was stamped appealed greatly to several buyers who contested it to £1,400. It was knocked down to a telephone bidder.

Gold and silver continue to flourish. A 9 carat gold charm bracelet sold to the trade at £500 quickly followed by a 9 carat curb-link necklace at £200. £560 was paid by the trade for a Victorian two-piece tea service bearing marks for London 1853. The same buyer accounted for a George V silver rose bowl, Sheffield 1929, at £280.  That bidder was eventually beaten at £340 for a Victorian silver coffee pot.

A collector in the room fought off an internet bidder to secure an 18th century 30 hour clock movement by Ralph Weston of Wolsingham at £350.

The sale ended with a section of Mouseman and other Yorkshire carvers. The top price for the section coming from an early Mouseman fruit bowl. Taken from a clearance in Witton Le Wear, the bowl dated to around 1930 and measured 9". It sold to a collector on the telephone at £500 despite interest in the room and from the internet.

The next Antiques & Interiors sale is to be held on Thursday 11th August. Deadline for entries is Thursday 4th August.

David Elstob 3rd August 2011

Summer Catalogue Sale 2011

Sale Report by David Elstob

Our 480 lot Summer Catalogue Sale drew bidding from across the globe on Saturday 4th June. Buyers were generally selective but good, fresh to the market, and unusual pieces continue to command a premium. 

The sale started in the very best way possible as the opening lot, a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre bowl, far exceeded its estimate to sell to a UK collector, who eventually fought-off fierce competition from several other telephones including the US trade. It was finally knocked down at £4,700. One other notable result was an English Delft Dish painted with concentric bands and thought to be London. It was hotly contested by three telephones and finally sold to one of them at £1,500. 

A George II Silver Salver, bearing a London mark for 1759 and the maker’s mark of John Carter II, sold to a bidder in the room at £800. A King’s pattern six-place setting canteen took £1,150 to the London trade.

An internet bid of £3,100 secured an eye-catching Cartier diamond ring. Estimated at £2,800-3,200, the ring boasted a brilliant-cut diamond collet set above a yellow gold band set with thirteen brilliant-cut diamonds to each shoulder. A George V 9 carat gold cigarette case also caught the eye and was, again, knocked down to an internet bid of £820.

The surprise of the day came about in the pictures section. A “dreaming dot” painting from a follower of the Australian Aboriginal artist Clifford Possum (1932-2002) was very keenly contested. It eventually sold to an internet bidder at £1,950 and will be heading back Down Under. A collaborative work by Cornelius Pearson (1809-91) and Thomas Francis Wainwright (fl. 1831-83), depicting cattle at rest, took £1,000. The French artist Antoine Blanchard (1910-88) was responsible for the oil on canvas of a rather bustling scene by the L’Arc de Triomphe. It was contested by two internet bidders and finally went down at £1,550.

A private collector was responsible for a bid of £2,200 which secured the highly sought after bronze of a racehorse and jockey by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (1827-1901). The impressive sculpture depicted the famous racehorse, Kinscem, winner of fifty-four races including the Derby and the St.Leger. 

Early 30 hour longcase clocks and movements are popular at the moment, and a dated example by Richard Marshall of Wolsingham, in an oak case was sold to a North-Eastern collector at £900. £500 was paid by a Yorkshire collector for a 30 hour bird-cage movement by Henry Bunston (1691-1732). 

The furniture section started promisingly with a pair of Chinese Chippendale style mahogany elbow chairs selling to a telephone bidder at £980 against an estimate of £500-700. It was quickly followed by an Anglo Indian work table which took a room bid of £550 and an Edwardian brass and steel club fender which was knocked down to a commission bid at £600. The way in which this section was contested provides optimism for the times ahead. 

The sale ended as it started with exceptional results achieved in the small section of work by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson. A rare pair of triple mouse bookends were widely admired pre-sale. The presence of porthole mice, much desired by collectors, contributed to the bidding battle and the bookends were finally knocked down to a collector on the telephone at £1,550. A set of four lattice-back side chairs were sold to a persistent telephone bidder at £2,000 despite stern competition from a bidder in the room. A dining suite comprising a 1950’s 5’ refectory dining table and a set of six lattice-back dining chairs were put down at £5,800 to the same collector who had previously bought the bookends.

Our Autumn Catalogue Sale will be held on Saturday 24th September. The deadline for entries is Friday 2nd September.



By David Elstob

2 June 2011

We hold the second of our quarterly catalogue sales on Saturday, 4th June. The star of the show is undoubtedly lot 1. The piece in question is a wonderful Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre bowl by Daisy Makeig-Jones. It is often said that Daisy must have had fairies living at the bottom of her garden and, after weeks of marvelling at the fantastical design, I find it hard to disagree!

Lot 1 - A Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl, Daisy Makeig-Jones. Estimate £1,800-2,500

In 1909 the eccentric Daisy talked herself into a job with Wedgwood as an apprentice painter and then, a couple of years later, convinced management that she could design, too. 

The Fairyland Lustre design was released in 1915 after a couple of years of producing lustre patterns of fish, fruit and chinoiserie. Many saw her bold and fanciful designs as an escape from the horrors from which the war had brought. Daisy’s rise was quite unusual, not only because she was a woman, but also because she rose from within the company’s ranks, an exception to the well-known designers that Wedgwood normally brought in from outside.

Across the Atlantic the Fairyland range was immensely popular during the 1920’s enabling Wedgwood to penetrate the American market.  Unfortunately the economic downturn of the 1930’s saw the Art Nouveau fairies fade from fashion and it was no surprise when the line was discontinued. Daisey left Wedgwood in 1931 and died in 1945 but, like many talented artists, she left behind a creative legacy that has long outlived her. 

There has been abundant pre-sale interest from both sides of the Atlantic and we expect it to be hotly contested! 

18 January 2011

Addisons of Barnard Castle is increasing the number of general sales it will hold in 2011 in order to meet customer demand.

Antiques and Interiors sales were previously held every three weeks but – starting this month – these events will now be fortnightly. This reflects the high volume of stock the auction house currently has passing through its hands and a 40% increase in turnover for general sales over the past six months.

David Elstob, auctioneer and valuer at Addisons, said: "We have seen a noticeable increase in both the number of people attending auctions and also those wishing to sell, which has prompted us to increase the regularity of our general sales.

"This buoyancy in the market could largely be due to the current economic climate, in that certain sellers are looking to release money and buyers are hoping to invest in antiques at a time when traditional investments, such as banks and building societies, are not so advantageous."

To help people find out how much their possessions might be worth, Addisons run free monthly valuation sessions at its saleroom where experts are on hand to advise on all manner of antique and contemporary objects, including jewellery, silver, ceramics, glass, pictures, sculpture, decorative arts and furniture.

While this is a free service and there is no obligation to sell, any objects valued at a valuation day will have the option to be included in the next relevant sale.

"This is an ideal opportunity for people to find out the value of an object whether or not they then want to go on and sell it," said David Elstob. "If, however, they are interested in making a sale then our estimates on the day are used as a guide price at auction. If the piece doesn't reach its desired price then it doesn't get sold so there is no risk to the seller.

"We find that most people are delighted with the prices that they are able to achieve and are often surprised by the value of some of the items they have in their home."

Valuation days are held at Addison's saleroom on Staindrop Road on the first Tuesday of the month between 9am and 4pm. The next date will be Tuesday 1 February. Anyone wishing to bring objects to a valuation day must make an appointment by calling Addisons on 01833 690545.

The next Antiques and Interiors Sales will be on 20 January, 3 February, and 17 February. In addition to these general sales, Addisons hosts a quarterly Fine Art and Antiques Sale and a specialist garden sale in the summer. For further details about all these events, please contact us.




16th December 2010

Addisons of Barnard Castle have finished the year on a high note with a large number of items reaching top prices in the Winter Fine Arts and Antiques Catalogue Sale held on Saturday 11 December.

The star of the auction was a Chinese hexagonal, hardwood plant stand, dating from c.1900, which reached £4,000 – far exceeding its price estimate of £200-300. Measuring 79cm by 34.5cm, the piece was finely carved with fretwork and had legs joined by a stretcher base.

David Elstob, Auctioneer and Valuer at Addisons, was delighted with the price achieved by the stand, which he puts down to the buoyancy of the Chinese market at the moment. "Interest in the piece was intense and the final price was battled out between two Chinese buyers on the phone and live bidders on the internet. It was eventually sold to one of the telephone bidders," he said.

Another notable result was a Victorian silver salver by Edward and John Barnard of London (1856). With a diameter of 55.5cm, the circular piece had a scalloped rim cast – displaying c-scrolls, fruiting vines and floral sprays, punctuated by masks of Bacchus and Flora. Valued between £1,500-1,800, the piece sold for £2,700.

Jewellery also achieved high prices at the sale. A three stone diamond ring in a pierced leaf mount went under the hammer for £2,500, beating its price estimate of £1,500-2,000; and a pair of cultured pearl and diamond earrings, with a guide of £1,600-1,800 sold for £1,580. A diamond riviere necklace, composed of a row of 123 brilliant cut diamonds, reached £2,400, falling just outside of its guide price of £2,500-3,500.

The ceramics section of the sale was also very strong, containing high quality pieces from some of the leading names of English pottery. A William Moorcroft Pomegranate vase, dating from 1918-1928, sold for £1,100, well within its guide range of £900-£1,200. This piece had an unusual double gourd body tube-lined and hand-painted against a deep blue ground.  A Royal Worcester fruit painted vase and cover by Freeman (shape no. 2713) went under the hammer for £1,000, reaching its price estimate of £1,000-1,500.

"We were very pleased with the results of the sale," said David Elstob. "The interest in the individual pieces and the high prices achieved is a good indicator that there is confidence in the antiques market and bears well for our auctions in 2011."

The next Addison's sale will be the Antiques and Interiors Sale on Thursday 6 January at 10.00 am.




22nd November 2011

Addisons of Barnard Castle – one of the North's leading auction houses – is hosting a charity preview evening in aid of the Bowes Museum Charitable Trust on Wednesday 8 December between 6.00-8.00pm.

The event – to be held at the Addisons' saleroom on Staindrop Road – will enable people to view items from the forthcoming Winter Fine Arts and Antiques Catalogue Sale on Saturday 11 December while enjoying a range of seasonal refreshments.

David Elstob, Auctioneer and Valuer at Addisons, said: "We are delighted to be able to support the Bowes Museum which is not only one of the region's most famous landmarks but also holds and preserves nationally and internationally important collections of paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and silver objets d'art.

"There is always a lot of interest in our Winter Sale and this will give people the opportunity to view the full range of items making up the auction – from ceramics and glassware through to rugs, textiles and antique furniture items – while supporting this very worthwhile cause."

Tickets for the preview evening cost £5 (all proceeds to the Bowes Museum Charitable Trust) and include canapés and wine. They are available in advance from Addisons of Barnard Castle, Staindrop Road, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 8TD or calling 01833 690545.

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