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Pottery, Jewellery, Furniture & More: Best Sellers at Auction

Fareeha Ahmad

Our last premium sale of the year saw over 2,200 lots go under the hammer, with some incredible prices achieved for expensive jewellery, pottery and more.

Starting with the wonderful selection of paintings and pictures that were offered, these comprised a variety of oil paintings, watercolours, prints and more. Included in particular were a number of paintings by local artist Jack Simcock, which were hotly contested.

One of an excellent collection of Jack Simcock paintings, this oil on board, dated 1969 and depicting farmhouse and trees in landscape, was contested up to a hammer price of £3,500.

A fantastic array of expensive jewellery items were also featured, ranging from necklaces, bracelets and chains, to rings, brooches and earrings.

This gorgeous 18ct white gold diamond set Tennis bracelet was featured, contested up to a hammer price of £5,400.

Another expensive jewellery item offered was this lovely Victorian heart-shaped pendant and chain, which also achieved a hammer price of £5,400.

This ring, set with three round cut diamonds, realised a hammer price of £3,200.

Among the pottery items offered was a plethora of Royal Doulton pieces, Wade and much more besides. Most notable was a selection of Beswick horses, of which two were amid the sale’s highest sellers, having achieved hammer prices well above their estimate.

One of the highest sellers of the auction was this rare Beswick mare & foal on base 953, in rocking horse grey colours. Believed to be the only example in existence, it drew great interest from bidders and was contested up to a hammer price of £8,000.

A prototype piece, this Royal Doulton character jug of Nelson Mandela sold for £3,000.

Wade items featured in the sale included this wonderful model of a hoopoe, designed by Colin Melbourne. Interest from bidders resulted in a hammer price of £3,300.

With the selling for a record price of a rare Beswick 818 Shire horse in last year’s November sale, it’s only fitting that another should perform well in our 2023 November Fine Art auction. This example, an early unmarked Iron Grey 818 Shire mare with 6 holes, was avidly contested to a hammer price of £7,800.

Furniture items were also a prominent feature of the sale, with a variety of antique and quality pieces being offered. In particular, a lovely selection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson pieces were some of the highest sellers.

Among the Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson pieces featured, this oak two-door wardrobe sold for £3,600.

Boasting a fantastic array of carvings and featuring barley twist uprights, this 17th Century & later oak four poster/full tester bed achieved a hammer price of £3,400.

Also enjoying a good amount of success, collectible items performed well under the hammer. These included coins, as well as militaria in the form of medals, and Art Deco pieces – to name but a few. Altogether, the superlative collection of items featured throughout our November Fine Art auction made it a fantastic success!

Coins featured in our November Fine Art auction included this cased Countdown to London 2012 22ct gold four coin set, which sold for £7,600.

This group of medals, awarded to WS Sgt. A/CSM J Chapman, including Distinguished Conduct Medal with associated documentation, achieved a hammer price of £4,400.

A lovely Art Deco piece featured was this German lampstand. Comprising stardust faturan cherry amber Bakelite stem and early plastic base and cap, it was hotly contested by bidders and sold for £7,500.

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