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Results: The Autumn Fine Sale

15th November 2021.

A Pair of Staffordshire Pottery Figures of Boxers certainly packed a punch when they sold for £6,800 (plus buyer’s premium) in Tennants Auctioneers’ Autumn Fine Sale on 13th November. The figures, which were made circa 1815, depicted Tom Cribb and Tom Molyneux, whose contest for the boxing world title was one of the greatest sporting spectacles of the era. A further highlight amongst the ceramics in the sale was a circa 1740 Meissen Porcelain ‘Fabeltiere’ Teacup and Saucer, which sold for £3,000. It was painted in the manner of Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck, one of the most important ceramic painters of the eighteenth century, who was known for creating colourful mythical creatures.

Furniture saw buoyant prices throughout the section, with notable results being achieved for two dining tables; a Regency Mahogany Triple-Pillar Dining Table from the early 19th century sold for £8,000, and an Early Victorian Mahogany Telescopic-Action D-End Dining Table, which extended to an impressive 5m, sold for £4,800. A Fine French Kingwood, Tulipwood and Marquetry Decorated Bonheur de Jour made by Holland and Sons in the late 19th Century sold for £5,500, and a late 19th Century Mahogany Cockpen Armchair in the George III style sold for £2,500. The top lot of the section, and of the whole sale, was an Early 20th Century monumental Carved Wood and Polychrome Decorated Screen depicting storks in a river, which sold for £11,000.

Clocks performed well throughout the sale, with a particularly strong price seen for a good longcase clock made by William Lassel of Toxteth Park circa 1780. With an unusual dial displaying a year calendar and by a good clockmaker, it sold for £5,900. Further good clocks included a month going, quarter striking longcase clock made by Macpherson of Edinburgh circa 1780 (sold for £4,000), and an unusually large wall timepiece with a 24” dial made by Parkinson and Frodsham of London circa 1890 (sold for £2,800).

Royal Worcester porcelain was much in demand too, achieving excellent prices. Top lots included a Garniture of Three Royal Worcester Porcelain Boat-Shaped Twin-Handled Bowls by John Smith, which sold for £7,000, and a Pair of Royal Worcester Porcelain Lamp Bases, also by John Smith, that sold for £6,500.

Carpets and rugs saw good levels of interest amongst private buyers, with top lots including a Large 20th Century Kashan Carpet from Central Iran selling for £5,500 and a Good Tabriz Carpet from North West Iran selling for £2,500.

The sale achieved a total hammer price of £371,560 with a 92% sold rate for 338 lots.

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