Wednesday 20th June, 2018
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July Fine Art Sales - Now On Line...

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Lawrences’ recent two-day Militaria and Collectors’ sale in Crewkerne comprised over 1300 lots and the massive diversity of items on offer ensured keen bidding from around the world.

Highlights on the first day included a fine medal group from 1887-1915 awarded to Police Constable Charles Deacon and Petty Officer William Harry Deacon, as well as medals to Seaman John Deacon. These made £3660. A small 11.5gm post-Medieval gold finger ring, found by a detectorist on land to the west of Crewkerne, was possibly owned by Richard Bagot (1532-1588), the keeper-jailer of Mary Queen of Scots. This ring made £4390. A Purdey & Sons sidelock ejector 12-bore shotgun exceeded its top estimate to make £6830.

The following day offered further interest: a large cased trout, 12lbs 7 oz, caught in 1923 in Lough Mask, Ireland, was landed at £1520. A rare plate camera by J. H. Dallmeyer with lenses and photographic plates created a flash at £2800 and a lot towards the end of the end almost drew proceedings to a close when a pair of curtains, designed by John Piper printed with the Church Monument Exton design (1955), made £3530. The sale’s top result was the £15000 paid for a magnificent Victorian silver centrepiece for the Queen’s Own Lancers.


Our 1900-lot Spring Fine Art auction series finished on April 13th and the final section comprised clocks, works of art, furniture and carpets.

A glimpse of the variety is shown by the prices achieved for four lots: a brass skeleton clock made £870; an early 19th Century Siena marble Grand Tour souvenir of the tomb of Cornelius Scipio, 24cm wide, made £1340; a German tapestry panel, possibly 17th Century, depicting King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, made £1090; and an Axminster runner, 210 x 100cm, made £1460.

More `conventional` furniture items also performed well: an Arts & Crafts embossed leather three-fold screen within a walnut frame, depicting a peacock within a fruit tree, was bid to £5000; and four Howard & Sons items – a settee, a tub chair, an armchair and a Bergere-style chair – made £6950. A Victorian Gothic oak half tester bed had the distinction of a Royal association. It was part of a suite made for Banchory House, near Aberdeen. In September 1859, Prince Albert delivered a speech in Aberdeen and spent the night in this bed at Banchory House. A brass plaque upon the bed and a copy of the page from Queen Victoria’s diary accompanied the lot and established its provenance beyond doubt. This was bid to £1700.


Pictures and prints spanning 400 years attracted much interest at our Spring sale and over 80% found buyers from around the world.

Five from a rare set of six lithographs of views in India by Jose Gonsalves, circa 1826, made £3170 and an etching by Rembrandt of his wife Saskia and others, dated 1636, also made £3170.

The rather changeable market for Victorian watercolours showed renewed strength for good artists’ works: a charming study of a seated boy by William Henry Hunt doubled hopes to make £4390 and an atmospheric twilight scene of `The Convent Ferry` by Albert Goodwin was bid to £5490, again doubling the estimate.

An auction record of £6100 was paid for a large (156 x 120cm) watercolour by contemporary artist Sarah Graham whilst a much smaller oil by Mary Fedden, just 19 x 24cm, had been bought direct from the artist’s studio in 1995. This also doubled hopes to make £7560. The day’s top price was paid for a lively, high-spirited oil on canvas by Arthur Wardle, entitled `The Chase is better than the Catch`, depicting two terriers chasing a hare around corn stooks. Full of vigour and with a delightful balance of playfulness and determination, this 37 x 52cm picture – consigned for sale from Northern Ireland -  was bid to £11220 after much interest from bidders in Britain, America and Australia.


Our auction  of ceramics, glass and Oriental items in April and bidding was brisk throughout.

An early highlight was a Delft barber’s bowl from 1758, probably made in London but with Chinoiserie decoration and with the appealing addition of the name `James Innard`. It is rare to find such items with a name and a date and this barber’s bowl was bought for a whisker over £7800.

A Sevres cabaret service from c.1793 - comprising tray, teapot, sucrier, and two cups and saucers – made £8290. Treasures from the East dominated the rest of the day’s top prices: a Junyao bowl with a subtle blue-grey glaze made £4750; a 12cm diameter yellow bowl  (Qianlong) made £5600; another similar  but with green decoration of birds amongst peach branches flew to £7070; and a blue and white vase, probably Kangxi, made £8290. A sumptuous Chinese embroidered silk gown, a detail of which adorned the catalogue’s cover, made £5000 and the sale’s top price was paid for a hardwood and marble mounted circular centre table that was bid to £17690.


Lawrences’ recent auction of jewellery and watches in Crewkerne reported consistent successes and there were plenty of strong prices to boost the day’s turnover.

A gentleman’s steel `Explorer` wristwatch by Rolex from the early 1970’s topped its estimate to make £8500 and a pair of diamond stud earrings made £6580. A host of strong bids at the end of the sale saw £4880 paid for a Victorian diamond, enamel and gold bracelet, £7300 for a diamond necklace set with 95 graduated diamonds, £9760 paid for an Art Deco ruby and diamond ring and £10000 paid for a magnificent diamond solitaire ring with a 2.2 carat stone.

“We had an excellent sale,” commented Lawrences’ jewellery specialist, Miranda Bingham. “From start to finish, there was enthusiasm right across the sale with particularly good prices paid for gold items and there were many bids for the ever-dependable strength of interest in high quality stones. Diamonds are still the most sought after but the £8000 paid for the Art Deco ruby set ring shows that interest from buyers extends across all styles and stones. We are already assembling a strong sale for July in all departments and entries are warmly invited.”  


Our week of Spring sales in Crewkerne started with over 470 lots of silver and vertu and there was enthusiasm for all that was on offer.

A small and rare wine taster from 1665 dated from the reign of Charles II and doubled expectations to make £1460 whilst a finely chased stirrup cup in the form of a fox mask from 1845 also outran its £2500-3000 estimate to make £5000.  Two other “drinkers’ lots” proved popular when an 18th Century beer jug, possibly Colonial, brought good cheer at just over £2000 and a Victorian ewer or claret jug made a corking £1220. An impressive suite of four graduated meat dishes from 1831, sold with four plated dish covers to match, soared to £9760.

Later in the sale, a finely decorated French ivory fan found a warm welcome and made £1830 whilst a miniature portrait of Captain Robert Woolf Junior, finely painted by John Smart Junior (the sitter’s own cousin) combined a dashing subject with this unusual link between artist and sitter and made £2190.



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With over 300 years of combined experience, our Specialist Valuers will be available to value your antiques at our Head Office and Salerooms in CREWKERNE, EVERY MONDAY - 9.30am - 12.30pm.




Taunton Valuation Mornings...

Simon Jones (General Valuations & Collectors Items) will be available to value your items EVERY FRIDAY - 9.00am - 11.30am at The Castle Hotel, Castle Green, TAUNTON.

A Jewellery specialist will also be available to value your items fortnightly (please check dates with the office).






Minehead Home Visits...

FREE HOME VISITS - Chris Flower will be in MINEHEAD on the LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH to value your antiques. Complete house contents and attic clearances arranged.  Please call to make an appointment. Tel: 01460 73041.





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Four of our specialists will be in WELLS at Roderick Thomas Estate Agents , 1 Priory Road, Wells, BA5 1SR EVERY QUARTER to value your antiques - 9.30am - 12.00noon. No appointment necessary.