Here are some pre-sale and post-sale reports for some star lots that have appeared in our sales
Pre Sale Reports
20th Century Design, Textiles and Costume are two great areas of collecting at the moment and The Cotswold Auction Company’s specialist sale on 24th March in Cheltenham is sure to attract huge interest. The catalogue online is already attracting huge interest for an Arts & Crafts Norman Bucknell, after Norman Jewson, brass Fritillary candle sconce with an estimate of £200-£300. This item was made for the current owners in the 1980’s by Norman Bucknell who lived in Bisley, Gloucestershire. One of the other most watched furniture items is a very stylish Martin Hall for Gordon Russell ‘Marlow’ Brazilian rosewood sideboard, circa 1970 which has a wonderful maple interior and would surely fit into any modern home and has an estimate of £600-£900. This sideboard has a matching extending dining table which has wonderful Brazilian rosewood figuring and would surely be great for a party.
The costume is dominated by designer items from Prada, Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga and others. A Chanel black and diamante cuff with original box has an estimate of £200-£300 and a vintage Chanel quilted bag with dust bag will come in at £600-£800. Also in the costume Biba, Issy Miyaki, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and other desirable names feature. A strong selection of antique embroideries include a 19th century woolwork embroidered picture ‘Freedom’ with two sailors, a 19th century woolwork embroidered picture of 12 masted sailing vessels and a 17th century needlework picture with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 all coming from one private collection. Other textiles include Chinese silk embroidered skirt panels which have beautiful vibrant colours, butterfly, dragonfly and exotic bird decoration. Handbags and shoes include Coach, Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Philip Treacy. Other stylish top-end items which would fit into any contemporary home are Robert Welch stainless steel cutlery, Bang & Olufsen Beocentre and speakers, stylish lights and screens. Further designer names include Celine, Chloe, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dries van Noten and Orla Kiely. Stylish and modern furniture included on the day will feature Robin Day, Schonbuch, Eero Saarinen and Herman Miller.
Post Sale Reports
Rare Faberge Miniature Sedan Chair Sells for £380,000 at The Cotswold Auction Company’s Bankside Saleroom
We were delighted to be instructed in the sale of a tiny Russian treasure which had been sitting peacefully in a box in the Cotswolds for the last 20 years, having been passed down to a family member who was instructed to “look after it”! This was a Fabergé nephrite jade, rock crystal, mother-of-pearl and varicolour chased gold miniature model of a sedan chair, marked with the workmaster’s initials M.N for Mikhail Perchin, one of his most illustrious workmasters, circa 1899-1903. It even boasted a hinged door with functioning handle, revealing a mother-of-pearl seat to the interior, each side mounted with a reeded gold and nephrite pole, in a fitted Wartski wooden case, just 7.8 cm. high.
It was acquired by Mr. K.W. Woollcombe-Boyce in 1929 from Wartski in London for £75 and remained in the family, passed down to the present owner. Recorded in the family inventory: ‘Objects in the Possession of Mr. K.W. Woollcombe-Boyce (and Daughter), made in the Workshop of Peter Carl Fabergé, in St. Petersburg, Moscow Or Odessa between 1841-1918’: ‘Item 1: A Sedan chair with moveable poles, made of Jadeite, mother-of-pearl (seat), crystal (windows) & gold, height 3’’…’
This little treasure achieved a house record for The Cotswold Auction Company and Liz Poole was on the rostrum at the time. Six phone bidders from Russia, America and London vied with bidders in the room – bidding started at £50,000 and rose rapidly from one phone bidder to the next and despite a strong showing from the bidders in the room, the lot was finally won by a phone bid from Russia – spontaneous applause broke out!
This was a really exciting sale for the company and our whole team has been closely involved in the cataloguing, photography, research, safeguarding and publicity which all contributed to a successful sale.