March 2017 Auctions

13 Mar, 2017

March 2017 Auctions - A fitting end to an era.

As the building of our extension nears completion and we prepare to move from our dark and dusty attic-like offices into a bright and shiny new space, it was great to have a month of excellent, and in some cases record-breaking, auctions. 

The 4th March General Antiques & Collectables was our highest total yet for a general auction, with excellent prices for brown furniture and paintings, as well as the expected current buoyancy in the jewellery market.  The top price was an unanticipated £1350 for three 19th century 'rock crystal' rings, this was closely followed by £1150 for a modern Duresta sofa. It was a massive auction of 1300 lots, but the fantastic total took the sting out of the tail of working late! 

After a quick turnaround in the saleroom, we held our Twentieth Century Design and Fine Art & Antiques auctions the following weekend.  


Despite generally attracting a younger crowd who are happier to bid online, it was good to see a full saleroom for the Twentieth Century Design auction.   The sale started well with a triple estimate £900 for a 1960s Poole Pottery vase (below) within the first 10 lots, and continued to impress. Top prices included £3800 for a Georg Jensen cutlery suite, a William de Morgan glazed tile for £1150, £2600 for a Christian Dior design necklace, £1100 for a Beatles Yellow Submarine poster, and £1000 for a pair of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson oak tables. Looking at the results, it is clear that with these sales in particular big names and stylish design are key to attracting bidders and getting the best prices.

The top price was £4500 for our front cover lot (right); an oil on canvas by Ruskin Spear CBE RA (1911-1990). Due to childhood polio, Spear used a wheelchair and much of his art captured his immediate surroundings, such as pubs, shops, or as in this example, sheltering from the rain at the seaside.  Works by Spear hang in the Tate, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the National Portrait Gallery.





After a few hours' respite, we returned on Saturday for our Fine Art & Antiques auction.  The sale started with an excellent Books & Written Ephemera section which included a collection of 18th & 19th century letters, journals and other documents relating to the Elliot family and the baronets of Minto. A group of the Honourable George Elliot's (1822-1901) journals sold for an unprecedented £3200.


Ear pendants

Thankfully the momentum continued and there were big prices across all sections to include; a pair of rare 18th century Mennecy porcelain jars and covers with Chinese blanc-de-chine decoration for £2200; a pair of cultured pearl and diamond earrings by Graff for £7500; £3500 for a 1970s Omega chronograph (below) , £3100 for a pair of Victorian coaching lamps, £2400 for a Thomas Smythe oil on canvas, and £3700 for a mid-18th century walnut hall table.

 Unsurprisingly, with the jewellery market being so enthusiastic at the moment, the highest price of the day was £11,000 for a pair of Art Deco white gold and diamond ear pendants (right).

We look forward to our imminent move (in particular the official launch party), and hope that this month's auctions are a sign of increasing confidence and buoyancy in the Art & Antiques market.  Entries are now invited for several future auctions - please contact our offices to arrange a free valuation if you have anything you are looking to sell.

 Omega March 17                Poole


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