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Bellmans Winchester are holding their largest auction to date, with the Jewellery, Silver, Antiques & Interiors Sale on the 14th & 15th November. The first ever two day sale comprises in excess of 1500 lots of ceramics, silver, jewellery, paintings, furniture, clocks and works of art.
Of particular note is the 135 lot specialist section of art and studio pottery and glass, which includes significant and rare pieces of Royal Doulton Chinese Jade, Chang and Sung lamps and vases. Lot 1138 - a large and impressive Royal Doulton Chinese Jade lamp base, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon - represents a stand-out item in this collection, and is conservatively estimated to realise £1,000-1,200. These glazes are among Royal Doulton’s rarest, with even the most experienced valuers hardly ever seeing them: to have several examples of all three in one sale is highly unusual. Needless to say, their sale on the 15th is eagerly anticipated.
Also attracting interest is a collection of Australian and South African paintings, which include scenes of Sydney, The Outback and Table Mountain (amongst others), by artist’s such as the New Zealander Ramon Ward-Thompson, the Aboriginal Australian Barney Daniels Tjungurrayi of the Luritja Tribe and another Australian, Ken Knight. Paintings from Australia and South Africa have a strong following of dedicated collectors and it would not be surprising to see some of these works making their way back to their native countries. Lot 610 is a particularly beautiful scene of a sunrise over Sydney by Ward-Thompson: estimated at £300-500, it is a serene image, issuing a sense of warmth and exquisitely exhibits the artist’s skill at handling light as the early morning sun breaks through the clouds and is dappled across the water.
Dressing the beautiful Georgian rooms for the duration of the two day auction at The Red House on Hyde Street is some superbly made furniture. There has never been a better time to buy furniture at auction; with the market far lower than it was twenty years ago, it currently represents exceptional value for money. Whether you are looking for a simple chest of drawers or desk, or perhaps for something particularly fine as a centrepiece for a room, there are fine examples here to consider. Whether that be lot 860, the leather upholstered Victorian foliate carved mahogany frame settee at £300-500, or the gilded extravagance of lot 915, a Louis XVI style ormolu mounted kingwood crossbanded and boxwood strung centre table, with a guide price of £1,500-2,500, there is something for every taste. It is true to say that people are often furnishing their homes in a more contemporary fashion, but the antique and the modern really can work together to great effect, complimenting one another and lending a sense of history and evidence of craftsmanship to a room. People’s desire for ‘vintage’ is also driving them to auction houses such as Bellmans, where you are, quite simply, spoilt for choice.
As Christmas approaches, jewellery comes to the fore and November has always been an excellent time for both buying and selling jewellery at Bellmans. There are pieces here for all budgets ranging from under £100 to many thousands. However, notable highlights coming up on the 14th November include lot 430, a modern diamond single stone ring, weighing approx. 1.11cts estimated at £3,000-4,500; lot 580, an Edwardian diamond pendant necklace at £1,200-1,800; and lot 550, a Piaget lady's diamond set bracelet wristwatch expected to achieve between £1,000-1,500 - any of which would make the perfect gift for the special person in your life.
The entire sale is available to browse online from Friday 3rd November and is on view in person from Thursday 9th November. For more information, to request a catalogue or to register your interest, please contact Bellmans on 01962 861789, or email email@example.com.
Bellmans Winchester are also hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 10th November between 10am – 1pm, so please do come and join us to make a difference for this wonderful charity.