Fine Art Sale April Results

2/05/2017     Jewellery, Furniture, Ceramics, Paintings & Drawings

Thank you to all our vendors and bidders who helped make our April Fine Art Sale a triumph. Continue reading for a look at some of our sale highlights.

Our specialist consignment of Midleton Irish whiskey drew a lot of attention and achieved excellent results. Midleton Very Rare is created from a mix of its pot still and grain whiskeys, aged for 12 to 20 years in ex-bourbon American oak barrels. Every year, a new blend is mixed by the Master Distiller at the Midleton Distillery in very limited quantities, making them highly collectable among whiskey enthusiasts. On sale day, stand out lots included a 1984 bottle which achieved £850, smashing its estimate of £350 - £450. Also popular was a 2009 bottle sold for £600 and a 2012 bottle which achieved £460.

     Lot 32 - Midleton Irish Whiskey (1984)           Lot 52 - Midleton Irish Whiskey (2009)       Lot 55 - Midleton Irish Whiskey (2012)


Star lots from our ceramics section included a distinctive Lucie Rie cup and saucer. Known for their minimal yet striking aesthetic, Lucie Rie ceramics are highly desirable, with this piece fetching £2200 against its £300 - £400 estimate. This lot was followed by two Della Robbia plates painted with a complex design of dominos and playing cards, which gained significant pre-sale attention, eventually selling for £600. 


       Lot 154: Lucie Rie cup and saucer                                               Lot 155: Two Della Robbia Plates

Stand out lots from day two of the sale came from our modern art section, particularly Geoffrey Key and Lowry, two popular artists of the Northern School. This sale featured a diverse consignment of Key's work, ranging from early landscape 'Glossop from the Snake' (1964) achieving £5200, to more recent 'The Entertainers' (2013) which fetched £11,000 on sale day. Our selection of Lowry prints, which are consistantly popular at auction, also performed well with 'The Level Crossing, Burton on Trent' selling for £2600 and 'Man Lying on a Wall' fetching £3500.


Lot 352:Geoffrey Key 'Glossop from the Snake' 1964                  Lot 393: Geoffrey Key 'The Entertainers' 2013

There were a few surprises also, one of which came from a David Hockey etching 'In Despair' (1964), part of a series of illustrations inspired by the poems of Constantine Cavafy. Estimated at £200 - £400, the piece went on to achieve £1150. Another came from a 19th century oil painting of a prize bull inscribed 'The Property of Mr J. Morris of Wrexham', which fetched £1900 against it's £200 - £400 estimate.


Lot 518: David Hockney 'In Despair' 1966            Lot 531: Bull in Rural Landscape 'Property of Mr J. Morris of Wrexham' 19th Century

Strong performers from our furniture section included a Victorian mahogany library table, whose stamped inscriptions denoted a fascinating history (see our previous blog for details) and sold for £720. A mighty extending dining table of the same era, which came with an additional four leaves and seats up to 20 people, sold for £2000.


                   Lot 606: Victorian mahogany library table

Also sold on the day was an early 19th century Caernarfonshire bread and cheese cupboard (cwpwrdd bara caws) which achieved £1100, and an Arts & Crafts sideboard in the manner of Shapland & Petter, sold for £500.


           Lot 634: Cwpwrdd bara caws                                        Lot 637: Arts & Crafts sideboard

If you have items to consign to our July Fine Art Sale, visit our sale room Wednesdays between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm. For large collections or items of furniture call 01270 623878 to arrange a free home visit, or email your pictures to for a free valuation.


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