The Winchester Salerooms of Andrew Smith & Son September sale report
The busy auction salerooms of Andrew Smith & Son held their September sale on, reportedly, the hottest September day on record ! With the temperature soaring outside, many lots outperformed their pre-sale estimates, also raising the temperature inside the saleroom.
With approaching seven hundred bidders choosing to register to bid using the auctioneers ‘live’ bidding platform, the room was kept busy over the two days with goods selling to a multitude of overseas locations. With a reputation for offering a wide and eclectic mix of goods, this latest auction was no exception, with, on offer, fine jewellery, silver, pictures, furniture from 17th century to the 1980’s Italian designer leather sofa, costume, textiles, medals and collectables, glass and china.
One of the best results in the jewellery section of the sale was the £5,700 achieved for a square cut yellow sapphire ring set in a modern 14k mount, having roused a bidding war between the internet and a telephone bidder, a late bid from the room pushed the internet to the limit. A silver five piece tea service manufactured in 1911 found a new owner at £1,000, despite the fashion for such items waning due to current trends, indicating that the market will still stretch to acquire items of good quality.
A silver plated Arts & Crafts period toast rack to a design by Dr Christopher Dresser initially proved a difficult appraisal for the auctioneers silver valuers, as despite showing considerable damage and distortion its scarcity and status among collectors attracts fierce competition when examples do appear on the auction market. Settling on an estimate of £800 – 1,200 the hammer fell at £1,650, again illustrating the allure of desirable items in any market. To compare, Andrew Smith & Son are on record as previously achieving £4,800 for a same design but near perfect toast rack in 2015 and an even rarer silver ink stand designed by Dresser’s contemporary Archibald Knox for £7,400 in the same year.
Elsewhere within this sale, a fine inlaid Louis XV style bureau plat stamped for the makers Edwards & Roberts and dating to circa 1890, achieved a healthy £4,200 despite suffering from the effects of long term storage, a coloured print by L.S. Lowry from an edition of 500, pencil signed by the artist took a healthy £4,800 and a late 18th century pocket globe, mounted within an engraved brass table stand sold to an overseas buyer for £3,000 against the estimate of £1,000 – 1,500, ending a good all-round offering of near 1,000 lots over the two days.
For all enquiries contact the helpful saleroom office on 01962 735988 or email auctions@andrewsmithandson.