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Fine Art, Antique and Collectables Sale Report - Thursday 19th December 2019

Thu 19 December 2019

An excellent Christmas sale at the Portcullis Auction Room rounded off a record year for these rooms. Some 510 lots were entered with many exceeding pre-sale expectations, with great interest both in the room and on the online bidding platforms.

Furniture – A smaller entry than normal but notable results included a George III joined oak dresser at £500; a Victorian pine kitchen table at £140; a pine bookcase at £180; a George IV rosewood teapoy at £190 and a George III fruitwood writing bureau at £120.

Clocks – A French gilt brass and cloisonné four glass mantle clock with mercurial pendulum at £500 and an English dial fusee timepiece at £180. 

Pictures – Another large entry with top sellers being £500 for a nude study oil by Wilfred Gabriel De-Glehn and an astonishing £2,550 for a Chinese School watercolour, selling in the room to the Chinese trade against fierce competition on the telephone.


Silver – From an entry of some 50 lots, all of which sold well, the highest price was for a George III punch bowl by the celebrated English silversmith Paul Storr, knocked down in the room at £4,100, one bid over the top estimate. 

Ceramics – An extensive and varied entry, selling to £600 despite damage for a Mintons dessert service decorated in enamels by Edouard Rischgitz.

Jewellery – Selling very well to £400 for a Victorian gold and blue enamel pendant and £300 for an 18ct lever watch. 


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