Fine Furniture Takes Highest Bids in Halls’ Last Auction of 2020

Fine Furniture Takes Highest Bids in Halls’ Last Auction of 2020

The Christmas Auction Post Sale Report by Head of Halls Fine Art Gerry Berwyn-Jones

At Halls Fine Art’s hotly anticipated last auction of 2020, the Christmas Auction achieved some good results across all departments.  The team have worked extremely hard throughout the year, battling with floods and ever-changing restrictions, to evolve and adapt to ensure we continue to offer a comprehensive service to all our clients across Shropshire and beyond.


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The Silver department started the sale off well with a later embossed, 68oz, pedestal bowl by the great 19th century silversmith, Paul Storr, selling for £2,500.  Next up was Jewellery, which always has some gems.  A stunning Fope Virgina 18ct white gold necklace and bracelet suite (total composite weight 65g) had lots of pre-sale interest and after a battle between several online bidders, at home and overseas, it sold for £3,600.



Paul Storr silver bowl

Lot 1:
A George III pedestal bowl by Paul Storr, London 1804,
of circular form with gadrooned rim and later embossed decoration and with engraved presentation 'Presented to Col E.D.W Sibthorp M.P...Aug 9th 18**', 20cm high, 29cm diameter, weight approx 68.2oz
Sold for £2,500

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Fope Virgina 18ct white gold necklace and bracelet suite

Lot 106:
A Fope Virgina 18ct white gold necklace and bracelet suite,
the white gold woven link chains suspending alternating yellow gold and diamond set rondels, each with 'Fope' tag stamped '750', with retailers certificate of authenticity, Fope catalogue and original boxes, necklace measures approx 41cm long, bracelet measures approx 19cm long, total weight approx 65g (2)
Sold for £3,600

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Several impressive coin collections attracted many enquiries prior to going under the hammer and it was the limited edition commemorative covers including a Diana Princess of Wales hand painted £5 gold coin, issued by Westminster, 9/100 that was amongst the highest results for the department selling for £2,100.



Diana Princess of Wales hand painted £5 gold coin
Lot 179:
A Diana Princess of Wales hand painted £5 gold coin,
commemorative cover issued by Westminster, limited edition 9/100
Sold for £2,100

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Unusually, it was furniture that took three of the top 10 spots and the sale’s highest bid. Why? Because all had three characteristics in common. None were ‘brown’ in the sense that the trade means, all were eye-catching and all were well designed. Top of the ‘triumvirate’ was an 18th century Italian, figured walnut commode that sold for a hammer price of £5,500 and neck and neck with this result was £5,000 achieved for a super Art Deco, figured walnut dining room suite, in the manner of Harry and Lou Epstein, comprising a dining table, sideboard, 8 iconic, cloud chairs and a cocktail cabinet. Lastly, a 19th century, 17th century style, marquetry side table sold for a hammer price of £2,300.

18th Century commode Halls Fine Art

Lot 434:
An 18th century, Italian, figured walnut veneered, serpentine three drawer commode,
inlaid with shaped panels, boxwood stringing and crossbanded on the top, sides and drawers, on dwarf cabriole legs,
149cm wide x 63cm deep x 94cm high
Sold for £5,500
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19th century, late 17th century style, Dutch walnut and ebonised side table

Lot 455:
A 19th century, late 17th century style, Dutch walnut and ebonised side table
The rectangular marquetry top in the style of Jan van Mekeren, after Monnoyer, with a large basket of flowers on a bracket, flanked on each side by bold foliate scrolls with a floral garland linking each side, a bird in each corner, above a conforming frieze drawer with thick 2.5mm marquetry veneer, on tapering cylindrical legs, united by two wavy stretchers, veneered with similarly thick foliate marquetry, with a foliate carved boss in the middle, raised on toupie feet.
114.5cm wide x 72cm deep x 72cm high
Sold for £2,300
19th century, late 17th century style, Dutch walnut and ebonised side tableMarquetry top of Lot 455

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Turning from the practical, though imposing, to the purely aesthetic, a Tibetan gilt copper seated figure of a Buddha sold for £5,400, 5 pieces of 1970s Royal Crown Derby, Imari pattern, porcelain made £3,110, a damaged Moore and Company charger sold for £1,400 and a landscape oil painting by Edmund Wimperis (61cm x 92cm) made £2,100.

 

Edmund Morison Wimperis (British 1835-1900) Across the Common

 
Lot 200:
Edmund Morison Wimperis (British 1835-1900)
Across the Common

Oil on canvas, initialled GMW and dated '99 bottom left, titled on plaque with frame.
Measurements 61 x 92cm, frame 96 x 126cm
Provenance: label verso for Thomas ...llan... of Haymarket, London, label for Phillips and Maconnal Fine Art Dealers of London, sold at Christies 3/6/1994 lot 192, sold at Halls Fine Art 16/4/2014, private local collection.
Sold for £2,100
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Of course, no Christmas sale would be complete without toys and in this sale two small model steam locomotives, a little the worse for wear and tear, sold for £700. Like the models themselves, let us hope that all of us, as well as the donor and recipient, get a chance to let off some steam this Christmas.

 

early 20th century brass steam model locomotive

Lot 383:
An early 20th century brass steam model locomotive,
20cm long and another similar, 20cm long (2)
Sold for £700

 

With 2021 just around the corner there will be little time to reflect on such a unprecedented year but the Halls Fine Art team wish to thank all of our valued clients for their continued support and look forward to a successful year ahead.



View the full results of The Christmas Auction here:

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The Christmas Auction
Wednesday 9th December 2020

Christmas Auction catalogue

 

For further information about any of the lots sold please phone 01743 450 700 or email adminfineart@hallsgb.com

 

 

 


 

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