Friday 5th July 2013 - Bedford Auction Centre
Antique Furniture & Collectors' Items
The first Friday of every month sees a specialist auction of Antiques and Collectable's at the Bedford Auction Centre. A range of Antique Furniture, Pictures, Ceramics & Glass, Silver, Metalware, Boxes and Caddies, Militaria and other collector ’s items are offered for sale.
Commencing at 11am
Friday week prior – 5pm to 8pm Saturday prior – 9am to 1pm Thursday prior – 9am to 6pm Morning of sale from 9am
Condition reports and further images of lots are available for this sale via the the-saleroom.com
We regret that we are unable to process requests for condition reports received after 1.00pm on the day preceding the sale
Telephone Bidding Form
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Illustrated catalogues are available for all Antique and Specialist sales. (£5.00 by post). These sales can also be viewed on–line 10 days prior to the auction.
Entries are accepted up to three weeks prior to a Specialist sale or by prior arrangement, please contact the nearest office for further details.
Clients requiring delivery of furniture should enquire at the office.
Mailing & Postage
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St Loyes House, 20 St. Loyes Street, Bedford MK40 1ZL
T: 01234 305 544
Regular valuation days are held in the saleroom for clients wishing to include items in the sale.
Contact Lindsay Vintiner or David Fletcher on 01234 266366 or email@example.com for further details.
View past sale catalogues here
Future Sale Friday 2nd August 2013
Robert Room Spring Sales (April and May)
It is pretty well known that antique furniture is not as saleable as it was ten of fifteen year go and there has been much debate as to why this should be so. Nevertheless it is also true that if something possesses that extra bit of quality and/or is scarce it will still make good money. This was evidenced by the appearance of a late 19th century Anglo Indian tester bed which had been removed on behalf of a Wiltshire based vendor from the Stoke home of his mother in law. Although missing small areas of its apron, the bed, typically decorated with scrolling foliate forms was exceptionally well carved and of particularly imposing proportions. Against an estimate of £2,000/3,000 it sold to a London based dealer for £8,400. The same purchaser paid £2,500 for a set of four monopodiae after the well known early 19th century designer and banker Thomas Hope. Typically modelled as panthers and raised on claw supports these had clearly once formed the supports of a sideboard and with the addition of a top and possibly with some parcel gilt embellishment would once again form a remarkable and eye catching piece of furniture. In the same sale a Victorian figured walnut credenza reached £1,300, a price which would not have disgraced the market in the mid 90s. A Regency harp by Erad of Berners Street made £1300 and a gilt framed mirror the same period with and eagle surmount and convex plate realised £1,350.
Amongst the pictures £1,600 was paid for a water colour by Ellen Clacy, an amateur artist who died in 1916. Ellen's works vary rarely come on the market and she certainly did not sell any in her lifetime, although a picture she exhibited at the Royal Academy is in the collection of the Victorian and Albert Museum. A charming and evocative portrayal of a young woman reading under a parasol in the summer sunshine was consigned by a vendor who brought it into one of our bi-weekly valuation days and comfortably exceeded its estimate to sell for £1,600. In the same sale a small oil on canvas by Sidney Richard Percy (1821 - 1886) depicting a typically romantic and atmospheric Scottish landscape of the sort so beloved by Victorian buyers achieved £1,800.
Silver continues to do well and although melt prices have fallen significantly in the past month or two, items which fall into the 'collectables' category are as much in demand as ever. A wonderful quality set of three menu holders made by Horace Woodward in 1910/11and modelled as Punch, Judy and Toby realised £760 and, more closely related to its scrap value a group of Georgian and later flatware weighing 67oz sold for £1,150. Moorcroft pottery seems recession proof and a rarer patterns are still much in demand. Hence a pair of 'Moonlit' pattern vases realised £1,450 in spite of being of miniature proportions.'
If you own anything which you think might be suitable for one of our monthly sales please contact David Fletcher or Lindsay Vintiner on 01234 266 366.