Charlotte Rhead Sale
On Tuesday 5th September, we will be holding a one-off sale of Charlotte Rhead and other other ceramics. This follows on from our sale in April this year, when the first part of a huge private collection was sold, and the September sale will see around 250 lots (from the same owner) being offered. The online catalogue is available here and viewing will take place on Monday 4th September. The sale will include this stunning (and very rare) Burleigh Ware wall plaque, designed and decorated by Charlotte Rhead in the late 1920s.
Printed catalogues for the sale (shown left), are now available to buy at £6.50 to include postage to UK addresses – please contact the office on 01525 290502 to order your copy.
BBC Heir Hunters Visit Woburn
We were delighted to welcome the TV cameras from the popular BBC programme Heir Hunters recently, where they filmed some interesting items going under the hammer in our October sale. Saleroom manager Evan Willison and auctioneer Peter Mason had previously visited a warehouse in Bedfordshire, in order to open seven large crates from a deceased estate, with a view to any items of note going into auction.
Filming also took place at the storage depot as the units were opened, but as we didn’t know what exactly we were going to uncover, there was a certain amount of excitement as to what treasures may be held within! All will become clear when the programme is aired in the first part of 2017, however given the interesting and nomadic life of the person who once owned the items, it wasn’t really much of a surprise that we found some unusual and rare lots. Perhaps the star item was a limited edition Pablo Picasso ashtray from his Madoura Pottery in France, which saw some fevered pre-sale and online bids, resulting in a hammer price of £1,300
The Picasso dish, as well as a large three-stone diamond ring (hammer price: £760), were not actually discovered until we had returned with a van-load to the saleroom, where they were lurking at the bottom of a tatty cardboard box. To say they were unexpected finds would be an understatement! It was great to be able to add these to a good quantity of other exciting items which had been uncovered on the day at the warehouse, bring a total hammer price of circa £6,400 for the Heir Hunters team.