A Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha sold for £16,000 (plus buyer’s premium) in Tennants Auctioneers’ Country House Sale on 22nd May. International interest was sparked by the figure, which was gilt bronze rather than the more commonly found patinated bronze, and seven telephone bidders competed for the 17th century style figure. The figure was sold with a set of eight 19th century bronze figures of Immortals.
The first sale back with live bidders in the room saw buoyant prices throughout, and the traditional mix of fine art and antiques drew private buyers back into the salerooms. Good lots of period furniture were in demand, with highlights including a William and Mary Walnut Oyster and Marquetry Inlaid Straight Fronted Chest from the late 17th Century (sold for £4,200), a Rare George III Mahogany Drum Table (sold for £3,000), a Pair of Victorian late 19th Century Chesterfield Sofas (sold for £2,600 and an Ash Windsor Stick-Back Armchair made circa 1800 (sold for £2,200). The latter came from the John Heaton Cope Collection of Period Oak Furniture.
A large selection of rugs was led by a Massive Ushak or Donegal Carpet made circa 1890. Measuring at just under 8m x 6m, it sold for £5,000. A circa 1900 Ushak Carpet, made in Central/West Anatolia circa 1900 sold well, too, at £4,900.