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Highlights from our July 2022 Fine Art Sale

Debbie Porter

Figures by popular names such as Royal Doulton, Beswick and Doulton Lambeth are always highly-sought after at our auctions, and our Fine Art sale this month was no exception. (L-R) Lot 243 was a Royal Doulton Mrs Bunnykins prototype figure that sold for a stunning £8,600; Lot 283 was a Royal Doulton One Man Band prototype character figure that sold for £1,800; Lot 164 was a Beswick rare Huntsman on a rearing Palomino horse that eventually sold for £2,250; and Lot 345 was a salt glazed Doulton Lambeth Boer War Soldier that sold for £1,800.

The second Potteries Auctions Fine Art sale of 2022 took place this month on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July and featured an exciting array of items, from rare coins and art pieces to a very large assortment of rare British pottery and more.

Plenty of lots from our Fine Art auction live from the Silverdale Saleroom sold for a good price, so check out some of the highlights from our most recent auction below. Who knows? Maybe they’ll provide some inspiration if you have a valuation in mind.

The top selling lot and star of this month’s Fine Art auction was this Royal-Doulton prototype Bunnykins tableau titled Celebration Time. It smashed its initial estimate of £300-£600 and sold for an astronomical £35,500! It’s certainly the highest value item we’ve ever sold, and we’re pretty sure even a world record for Bunnykins. Watch this space for an article about this fascinating lot.

(L-R) Lot 1991 was a TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Special Edition Chronograph Mens Watch (new and in fully working order) that sold for £2,000. Lot 2001, a Gentlemans Tudor Oyster Perpetual Date Chronograph wristwatch sold was a whopping £5,400, while Lot 2032 was an Omega Seamaster professional Ploprof 600 dive wristwatch that fetched a hammer price of £4,000.

Jewellery is another area that is very popular with our patrons. Lot 1794 (left) was an 18ct gold hallmarked black opal & diamond cluster ring that sold a wonderful £1,700, while Lot 1925 was a pair of diamond drop earrings each with half carat central stones, complete with the original box from a Vienna jewellers. Part of a deceased estate collection from Austrian Nobility, this delightful  lot sold for £1,700.

As always, pottery pieces proved very popular at auction this month and we saw a large quantity of rare pottery, including vases, jugs and figurines from famous names such as Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Moorcroft, pass through our saleroom and fetch some amazing prices. Check out some of the best performing lots throughout this article.

Royal Doulton character jugs are always a hot commodity in our Silverdale Saleroom. This Royal Doulton large prototype character jug of Winston Churchill sold for £3,400, while this Royal Doulton prototype large character jug of the Pied Piper –  the handle modelled with one rat instead of the standard version with two and painted in a different colourway – sold for £2,600.

Lot 1272 was pair of Royal Worcester hand painted Highland Cattle design vases that sold for a very respectable £2,100.

(L-R) Lot 1321 was a French Ormolu Mantle clock that sold for £1,800; Lot 1337 was a large Burr walnut cased Bracket clock that sold for £2,500; Lot 1343 was a magnificent large gilded brass cased quarter repeating carriage clock that ultimately sold for £2,100.

These three Austro Hungarian or Austrian medals orders or decorations are all associated with the Ledlitz/Lendecke aristocratic Austrian family. The set sold for a very reasonable £1,600 altogether.

Both of these absolutely stunning diamond rings sold for an amazing £1800 each!

If you have items for auction, get in touch and we can help you with a valuation. Talk to our team of experts who will be able to give you an accurate auction estimate on a range of items from household goods to antiques. You can join us at one of our valuation days, email us for an appointment or call us on +44 (0)1782 638100 Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. 

Our next Cobridge auction is scheduled for 31st July and our next Silverdale auction is scheduled for 12th-13th August. The details for both will be published to our Upcoming Auctions page in the coming weeks.

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