Watercolour and jewellery collections discovered at Southport

A single owner collection of watercolours by leading 19th century artists and a collection of jewellery valued at around £2,000 were included in the discoveries at a successful antiques valuation event in Southport.

Halls specialists were delighted with the response to the second in a series of free antiques valuation events held at the Tithe Barn, Meols Hall, Churchtown.

The watercolours, valued at £3,000, have been consigned to a future auction at Halls’ Shrewsbury salerooms.

James Forster, head of Halls’ picture department, said: “The collection includes a marine scene by Thomas Bush Hardy and beach scene watercolour by the leading Victorian artist Alfred Herbert (d.1861). What immediately struck me was the beach scene’s unusually large size and excellent condition.”

Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley, head of Halls’ silver and jewellery department, was pleased to take in a collection of jewellery, which included a diamond set horseshoe brooch, a Victorian enamel and seedpearl pendant and an Edwardian peridot and seedpearl pendant.

Other antiques consigned at the valuation day included a 20th century Louis XVI style clock garniture and a George VI 1937 coronation commemorative lantern clock valued at £400 each.

Halls aims to provide a professional antiques valuation service to people living in the Southport area, which senior auctioneer and valuer Andrew Beeston knows well from his time working for Phillips and Bonhams.

“Visiting the area again has reinforced my view that Southport is an area in which Halls ought to have a presence and we have been delighted with the warm welcome we have received from local people,” said Mr Beeston.

The company’s next free valuation event at Meols Hall is on September 8 from 10am to 3pm. Anyone wishing to make an appointment with a specialist from Halls is asked to contact the company on Tel: 01743 450700.


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