Demand by private and trade buyers for larger auctions with a broader range of quality items on offer has persuaded us to hold six major seasonal sales during 2017.
We are following the national trend in the antiques auctioneering industry by combining smaller specialist auctions into larger events whilst continuing to hold fortnightly interiors auctions, which will feature mid-market items.
Higher value toys, collectibles, books, medals, militaria and tribal art will be included in country house auctions on April 26, July 19 and November 22. Fine pictures, silver and jewellery auctions will be held on March 22, June 21 and October 18.
Mid-market lots in each of the collector areas will be sold in enhanced interiors auctions, which begin on January 4. Lots in all the auctions will be available to view and bid for online.
“We are concentrating the high value collective lots into our seasonal fine sales to give them the best promotion to the widest possible audience,” explained Jeremy Lamond, our fine art director.
“Our country house auctions will become larger events covering a greater number of antiques and collectors’ areas to enable buyers to view the full spectrum of high quality items available in one sale. This has become the trend across the country as the antiques auctioneering industry responds the market preferences.
“People want to see a larger range of high quality items in one sale across multi disciplines rather than lots of individual smaller sales. Trade buyers, particularly, who are travelling long distances, like to come to a larger auction.
“Most of the London auction houses follow this format and we are responding to what our purchasers have asked for. We will be looking to include between 800 and 1,000 lots in the larger auctions, which may extend over two days.
“We are expanding the successful country house auction format that we introduced this year because it has proved very popular.
“Our interiors sales will evolve and follow the same format as the fine sales and will include good quality, mid-range items with every lot available to view and bid for on the internet.”
We are keen to build on the success of it’s Asian art department, headed by Alexander Clement, following a series of notable sale results during 2016. A rare 18th century Chinese cinnabar lacquer brush pot sold for £155,000 in November and a pair of rare 19th century Chinese Daoguang vases realised £85,000 in May.
“The excellent results recorded at our auctions this year shows that there is still a hunger for the best pieces of Asian art,” added Mr Lamond. “It has been a year that has seen more interest in certain areas of the market, with an increase in private buyers buying furniture in our interiors auctions.”
We are now accepting entries for our 2017 programme of sales. A free valuation service is held every Monday from 10am to 1pm at our Battlefield salerooms in Shrewsbury. Home visits may be arranged to view collections and larger items by contacting the fine art team on Tel: 01743 450700.