Potteries Auctions held their first fine art sale from their new home in the Silverdale salerooms on Saturday 25th April. The sale was the largest ever for the provincial auction house involving an unprecedented 1100 lots. It proved to be an impressive launch from the new premises generating not only a record sale total in the company’s twenty year history but also a record price realised for a single item for an important William Moorcroft flambé Eventide exhibition vase. The buyer paid a not inconsequential £21,328 for this exceptional 59cm vase.
On the eve of the sale Potteries Auctions hosted an opening event and evening preview, inviting customers, collectors and local businesses to join them for wine and nibbles. Collectors travelled from all over the country to celebrate the move to new premises and view the impending auction.
The auction comprised of an eclectic mix starting off with 272 lots of Royal Doulton Bunnykins. £3600 was collectively realised for a 1930’s figure Freddie and a figural milk jug and sugar bowl. Next came over forty gramophones and phonographs before the furniture section of the sale including a Georgian oak Lancashire dresser base which reached £2,400 and an enormous Edwardian carved oak fireplace which made £1200. Jewellery, coins and watches were to follow with £1400 realised for an Omega Seamaster co-axil chrometer gents stainless steel wristwatch.
During a more unusual section of the auction one buyer purchased a Victorian taxidermy Rowland Ward trophy mount zebra head for over £700 before the second half of the sale reverted back to twentieth century pottery. A collector from Scotland had entered over one hundred lots of rare Wade pottery that created quite a stir in the saleroom. Following the success of the Moorcroft section climaxing with the aforementioned Moorcroft Exhibition Vase came two hundred and fifty lots of Crown Derby generating a wealth of interest from internet bidders culminating in some surprisingly high prices. The Cheshire Cat produced for Sinclairs made a remarkable £920 against an estimate of £40-£80 and the Spirit Of Peace Dove limited edition piece realised £650. Bidding remained fierce throughout the entire two hundred and fifty lots.
Next up was the Royal Doulton which has always created interest at Potteries Auctions sales. One particular piece made as a centrepiece for the 1958 Brussels exhibition and aptly entitled “The Marriage Of Art And Industry” reached £4200. A prototype Doulton character jug of The March Hare realised £6500, a jug of George Washington with a Liberty schroll handle made £3600 and one of Clark Gable made £2350.
Beswick proved ever popular with one collector paying £3782 for a Piebald Shire Horse model 818 and £1488 for a Piebald Shire Foal.
The day drew to a close at around 8pm after a mammoth ten hour of selling. Positive comments were received from happy customers particulary from those who had experienced a delectable slice of home made cake from the onsite sale day café!
The next Fine Art Auction is Saturday July 25th. Entries are now being taken for this sale and the next General Auction on 27th June.
The next sale is on Saturday May 30th.