Halls Fine Art recently conducted a very successful sale of over 400 lots including the contents of a Shropshire country house. The Autumn auction held on Wednesday 16th September also welcomed back room bidders for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown.
The undoubted and much anticipated star of the show was lot 73 a single stone diamond ring, estimated at between £6,000 - £8,000. The large 4.1cts diamond ring attracted numerous bidders both in the room and online, not forgetting the six phone bidders all battling it out before finally selling to a private buyer for a staggering £13,500 (+bp). The ring was one of many consigned from the country house collection which formed the vast majority of pieces presented in this auction. With many highlights in the collection, one to note was Lot 10 a pair of large 18th Century Delft Dry Drug Jars with Copper Covers decorated in blue with inscriptions ‘Straas Burger’ and ‘B-Rapee’ which sold for an impressive £1,600 (+bp).
Gerry Berwyn-Jones, Head of Fine Art at Halls commented: “It is increasingly unusual to encounter a listed country house with it’s contents, more or less untouched for one hundred years and yet this is the case with the vast majority of the pieces presented in this auction. There was an interesting array of pieces from disparate categories, from a collection of 18th and 19th century oak furniture, to several 19th century Fijian throwing clubs. One unifying theme is that all would still grace any home today and we saw this with the majority of lots finding their way into welcoming and appreciative arenas.”
The rest of the Autumn auction was made up of a wide variety of fine art, furniture, silver and ceramics. Notably a large collection of Caughley porcelain which saw huge interest from bidders realising over £22,000 (+bp). A highlight from the jewellery and watches section was an Omega Speedmaster Wristwatch circa 1961. The lot was estimated at between £8,000 - £12,000 and sold for a respectable £8,200 (+bp). Watercolours also proved popular with bidders on the day, with an Alfred Heaton Cooper RI (British 1863-1929) watercolour of sheep being driven through an alleyway exceeding its top estimate, selling for a notable £2,500 (+bp). Another interesting piece was a Second World War Polish Service cap (Rogatywka), the interior lined with newspaper dated April 1944, sold with a final hammer price of £1,600 (+bp).
A rather more unique lot up for auction, at Halls auctioneers was lot 479 a pair of Coade Urns, with bud form finials and fluted sides. This stunning pair of urns were made by the company whose owner, Eleanor Coade, gave her name to the material which became a mainstay in architectural sculpture and garden ornaments, thanks in no small measure to her entrepreneurial flair. Bids came in thick and fast and the Coade urns comfortably exceeded their £7,000 low estimate to achieve a terrific £9,200 (+bp).
Lastly but by no means least, the sale was concluded by yet another rare item, this time a 1970 Bentley T Series Mulliner Park Ward 2 door fixed head coupe. The lot was not only the last in the auction but also the last lot sold by Halls Auctioneer Joseph Trinder, who is sadly leaving the company to relocate to the Czech Republic with his wife. This particular Model T was Bentley’s version of the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and one of reputedly fewer than 100 completed by in-house coachbuilders Mulliner Park Ward. One of only 89 Bentley badged MPW coupes in right-hand drive, this statically rare 1970 T series was registered BLC 750H which has remained the registration of the vehicle to this day. Having driven only 85,285 miles by three previous owners this still stylish Bentley was given a realistic estimate of £8,000 - £12,000. On the day the bidders came from far and wide, finally selling to an online bidder from Germany for £15,000 (+bp) achieving the highest price of the day.
We are now consigning for our next Fine sale in December and if you would like a free valuation please contact the Halls Fine Art team for more information. Call 01743 450 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org