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Fine Art, Antique and General Sale Report - Friday 25th January 2013

Fri 25 January 2013

The Portcullis saleroom had a very good attendance of buyers at the sale of antiques on 25th January despite the fact that it was postponed for a week following a night of heavy snow on the 18th.

Generally, we take the view that the show must go on, as they say, but as it had taken auctioneer Daniel Fielder nearly two hours to battle his way the twenty miles from Kington to Ludlow, there was no choice but to re-schedule the sale.

That said, a typically small January sale did not mean small prices.  There was considerable competition for many lots, both in the room and on the internet, with notable prices being £2500 for a rare 17th century lantern clock by Cornelius Manley of Norwich; £700 for a George III cut glass lamp bass; £440 for two amber necklaces; £300 for a bowfront elm chest and £420 for an oak dresser.

Entries to hand for our next sale on 15th February include a large quantity of silver flatware; a French ormolu mantle clock; an 18ct gold fob watch; a quantity of 18th and 19th century furniture; pictures; china; glassware etc.

Please note that our sale on Thursday 14th March is the first of our evening sales starting at 5pm.  It will include a very fine 18th century tortoiseshell and ivory specimen chest, containing a fascinating and eclectic collection of artefacts collected by a lady on her travels from the beginning of the 19th century, one of them being a raisin from the wedding cake of Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV.  Watch this space to see what other treasures emerge from the chest.

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