Autumn Fine Art Sales Report... - 30/10/2012
A remarkable collection of antiques removed for convenience of sale from a house in Derbyshire sold for £500,000 in Hansons Fine Arts and antiques auction in Etwall on Friday and Saturday 26th – 27th October. Hansons Autumn Fine Art Sale truly was a sale to remember, auctioning the extraordinary collection of the late Dr Allison, alongside numerous other fine pieces consigned from the Midlands, ensuring it was a provincial sale of the highest calibre.
The collection of the late Dr Allison soared, as worldwide buyers gathered from as far afield as Germany and Russia to attend the sale. Furthermore, the introduction of online bidding to our Derbyshire saleroom ensured a wealth of internet bidders, with an exceptional 657 members of the-saleroom.com registered and anxious to bid on the magnificent, market-fresh collection. Dr Allison’s collection was a ‘blue chip’ collection of the finest array of 18th century antiques, and attracted the worldwide attention it deserved.
‘The auction really was the talk of London,’ reported auctioneer Charles Hanson ‘and there was a buzz in our saleroom which was wonderful. On the view day we had four furniture dealers fly in from Dublin as well as a Meissen collector from the Channel Islands and representative members of the Northern Ceramics Society.’
Day one of the sale saw the unprecedented success of Meissen figurines, many selling in excess of £4000.00. These figures, all approximately 15cm high were consigned both from Dr Allison, and from a Nottinghamshire household. These locally-sourced European ceramics demanded high prices for their rarity and condition. Shown below is the highest selling Meissen figure – the Jester, circa 1745, that reached a jolly £7000.00. The collection in total took £80,000.00.
Another highlight from day one of the Fine Art Sale was the sale of an 18th century ebonised table clock, titled to dial and named to movement by John Fladgate. This clock generated interest from collectors around the world, and following a fierce bidding battle was sold to a phoneline from New York for a monumental £22,000.
A Victorian ebonised and glazed display case of exotic birds, circa 1865 also flew away for £13,000.00. This fascinating display of over 40 exotic birds including the Peacock Trogon, Jacamars, Toucans and Chatterers was uncovered in Winters Studios of Derby, and bore makers marks from A. Hutchinson, based in Derby’s very own London Road.
Day two bought a similar stream of successful sales, as Isabel Murtough took to the rostrum and auctioned a 1964 E-Type Jaguar, owned by the late Mr Von Wunschen, a member of the Austro- Hungarian Royal family. Discovered in a Stoke-on-Trent shed, this iconic car exuded glamour, sophistication and took pride of place in the Hansons saleroom. The drama of its sale was unmissable, with a busy saleroom, over 11 phonelines and plenty of last minute bidding. Chimes of ‘She’s worth it’ rattled round the saleroom, and she was indeed, fetching a handsome £50,000.00. See video of the dramatic sale HERE.
Also sold were Dr Allison’s collection of Edmund John Niemanns, all bought during the 1960s and 70s, and attracting the interest of private buyers and gallery owners alike. One of the finest paintings of Bristol, which also graced our catalogue front cover, sailed away at £10,800.00. Others fetched in the region of £1000.00 – £10,000.00, truly a credit to Dr Allison’s superb collection.
Finally, Dr Allison’s stunning collection of furniture bought an end to our Fine Art Sale. This fine furniture reached top prices, with many pieces reaching tremendous sums. Highlights included a fine satinwood secretaire bookcase which sold for £20,500.00, a George III mahogany chest that sold for £17,500.00, and a Chippendale style mahogany tea table which took £17,000.00. ‘The Dr Allison collection and auction really was a wonderful occasion…’ remarked Mr Hanson ‘The atmosphere was electric, drama great and the varied five figure sums paid were greeted with a rousing round of applause. It is a sale I will never forget.’