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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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