Fine Sale Newsletter & the Summers Sales Diary

15 July 2014 in NewsNo Comments

New and exciting auctions happen at Chiswick Auctions each month

Keep up to date with our Sales Diary (below) and remember to view the fully illustrated catalogues each Sunday evening so you don’t miss out!

News Letter

On Tuesday 22nd July we are holding the specialist Wine & Spirits sale. This month we have a fantastic collection of various crates of Ports and Sherries, including a case of 1972 Offley Boa Vista Vintage Port and we have bottles Niepoort & Co., Port Made in 1940, bottled in 1945 and decanted in 1965.  For a sparkle in your life you may like the Boxed Belle Epoque Perrier Jouet Champagne, the Cuvee Dom Perignom 1985 or the magnum of Mumm, Cordon Rouge 1988. Closing date for this sale is 5pm, 18th July.


Vintage & Designer Fashion, Furs, Costume, Textiles & Lace will be held on Tuesday 29th July. This sale has many favourites including BIBA, Hermes, Liberty, Frank Usher, Ossie Clark, Prada and many more. We have some fine hand made lace and lots of lace that hasn’t seen the light of day for 100 years and will need some TLC. Hand bags, shoes, fancy dress, curtains, reams of vintage fabrics and lots more… Tracie Vallis is still cataloguing the large lots of items, it could easily be a 200 lot sale. We advise you come and view to establish the condition of the fabrics and clothing as we do have a no return policy due to the nature of fabrics. Closing date for this sale is 4pm, 17th July. Fashion Sale (More cataloguing and photos will be added please keep looking.)

Fine Antiques & Art with Furniture Auction Report – Tuesday 8th July 2014 – (Commission 20% + VAT)

Chiswick Auctions held their Fine Antiques & Art with Furniture sale on Tuesday 8th July; it was a busy sale with some good and desirable items. On many levels it was a successful auction but as with all auctions these days there were significant trends in fashion with some great or surprising highlights along with some disappointments.


While Doulton has been massively depressed lately decorative and desirable items can still prove to be very commercially viable. For example Lots 24 and 25.


Lot 24,    A Doulton Lambeth, circa 1900, Minnie Webb design Aesthetic Movement vase, the purple ground with four portraits in laurel garlands, bears painted marks (35cm high). Estimate £200-300 – sold for £420 hammer price.

Lot 25,    A Doulton Lambeth, circa 1900, Minnie Webb design Aesthetic Movement vase, study of seven elegant ladies in bodice dresses, of greens and shades of blue/purple in the style of Mucha, bears painted marks (35cm high).    Estimate £200-300 – sold for £600 hammer price.


In good and original condition, Lot 53 the George III mahogany cased bracket clock attracted plenty of attention realising £3800 which was well under the buyers left commission bid.

Lot 53,    A good George III mahogany cased striking bracket clock, the dome top with foliate gilt carrying handle, signed on the back, John Ellicott, London, with keys (33cm high). Estimate £800-1200 sold for £3800 hammer price.

A strong trend of good prices realised for Continental porcelain at Chiswick Auctions proved to be riding a continued wave with Lots 55, 56 & 57, three Berlin porcelain hand painted cabinet plates of the highest quality, and Lot 76 the highly decorative Sèvres Chateau de Tuileries dessert service, with each plate having a different hand painted scene, marred only slightly by one comport needing restoration all reaching prices well above their conservative estimates


Lot 55,    A 19th Century Berlin porcelain cabinet plate, with central panel painted with view as per legend on reverse, ‘Ansicht von Frankfurth an der Oder mit dem Monument des Prinzen Leopold’, within gilt border (24.5cm).                 Estimate £200-300 sold for £600 hammer price.


Lot 56,    A 19th Century Berlin porcelain cabinet plate, central panel painted with scene as per legend verso, ‘Le Triomphe de l’Amour et de Venus’, within swirling gilt border (24cm). Estimate £200-300 sold for £1300 hammer price.


Lot 57,     A very fine 19th Century Berlin porcelain cabinet plate, the centre panel painted en grisaille with, according to legend verso, ‘Konigl Schloss zu Kopenick’, within light brown, green and gilt border (24.5cm).               Estimate £250-350 sold for £1500 hammer price.


Lot 76,    A fine Sèvres Chateau de Tuileries dessert service stamped Sevres 1844, cartouche No. 537, comprising sixteen plates and five comports all painted after Watteau and in immaculate condition. There is one further comport which is in need of restoration. (22) Plates: diameter at widest point 24cm, Comports: diameter at widest point 22.5cm, height 12cm.          Estimate £1000-1500 sold for £2600 hammer price.

It appears that when a piece is rare enough a small amount of damage will not stop the ardent and true collectors, as with Lot 76, Lot 97 the small Belleek vase was in need of restoration but still managed to beat the very conservative estimate of £100-150 due to the damage to sell for £1200 hammer price. Chiswick Auctions has a large Chinese following and the buyers never fail to surprise them with their enthusiasm whether in person or through the live bidding offered. Lot 132, a Chinese porcelain Jaiqing blue and white bowl with a modest estimate of £500-800 due to the damage of two tiny chips to the rim sold for a good £6000 hammer price and this was well below the bid one enthusiast had left.


Lot 97,  A Belleek cream porcelain reticulated vase and cover, with gilt decoration, black printed mark (15.5cm high, 8.7cm max. diameter, base 6.7cm diameter).£100-150 sold for £1200 hammer price.


Lot 132,  A Chinese porcelain Jaiqing blue and white bowl, decorated with two dragons chasing flaming pearl, bearing Zhuanshu mark (17.5cm wide). Estimate £500-800 sold for £6000 hammer price.

After the good price reached for lot 53, Chiswick Auctions were disappointed when Lot 125 a fine 18th Century German long case clock automaton did not reach its reserve and was left unsold. This clock was bought previously at a European auction in 2008 for €14,000 and with a modest estimate of £7000 to £10000 they had high expectations of a good price.


Lot 125, A fine 18th Century German long case clock with automaton, the walnut case surmounted with gilt wood statuette of Moses and with Peter and Paul flanking the face, which is elaborate and depicts various biblical scenes with articulated moving figures at each quarter, the silvered Roman chapter ring signed Melchior Daniel Hoppert, Nuremberg, and showing moving head of Pilate at twelve o’clock. The repeating movement chimes on each quarter with two bells and sunburst pendulum visible through glass aperture in door (total height 268cm).                 Estimate £7000-10000 – Unsold.


Lot 201, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), ‘Fauns Head’, a limited edition Picasso / Madoura, white earthenware clay plate, engraved on the back with publisher’s stamp, ‘Madoura Plein Feu’ and ‘Edition Picasso’, from the edition of 150. Listed in the catalogue raisonné of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971 by Alan Ramie. Provenance: Collection of Arpad Elfer 1910-1999. Estimate £2000-2500 sold for £2000 hammer price.


Lot 802, A Georgian mahogany lozenge shape tilt-top table with carved edge, supported on carved central column on triform legs (top size 80 x 30cm). Estimate £400-500 sold for £3600 hammer price.

Sale Dates for your Diary

Antiques & Interiors Auctions are held every Tuesday at 12 noon or follow the Specialist sales that end around 200 lots in to the days sale.

Viewing: Sunday 12 noon to 6pm, Monday 10am to 6pm and prior to the sale

Free valuations & auction entries: Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm
Full valuation team Wednesday to Friday

For larger item valuations send emails to

For all enquiries send emails to or call the office – 020 8992 4442


22nd  – Specialist Wine & Spirits followed by Antiques & Interiors –

29th  – Vintage & Designer Fashion, Furs & Textiles followed by Antiques & Interiors  - Vintage  specialist Tracie Vallis – - Wednesdays for free valuations


5th – Specialist Jewellery & Watches followed by Antiques & Interiors – Specialist Matthew Caddick –

12th – Antiques & Interiors –

19th – Antiques & Interiors

26th – Antiques & Interiors


2nd - Antiques & Interiors

9th – Stamps, Coins & Banknotes followed by Antiques & Interiors – specialist John Carrol –

16th – Antiques & Interiors-

WEDNESDAY 17th at 12 noon – Antique & Collectable Dolls, Teddy Bears & Toys – Toy specialist Tracie Vallis – - Wednesdays for free valuations

23rd – 20th Century & Contemporary Art & design followed by Antiques & Interiors - C. 20th specialist James Nurse – - Thursdays for free valuations

WEDNESDAY 24th at 1pm – Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including the Hans Fellner Collection, part IV – Book specialist Nicholas Worskett – - please contact for appointments

30th -  Vintage & Designer Fashion, Furs & Textiles followed by Antiques & Interiors  - Textile specialist Tracie Vallis – - Wednesdays for free valuations


7th – Fine Antiques & Art with Furniture- William Rouse (Director)

More Information

We have LIVE online bidding every week with full image catalogues at and

Full High Resolution Images are available on our website – please note the catalogue is fully uploaded by SUNDAY evening as we still are photographing on Sunday –

Condition Reports

Please request condition reports prior to the auction date. All photographs will be updated on to three websites by Sunday evening prior to the sale. Additional photograph requests should be requested prior to the Sunday before the sale so that the website can be updated with them. We do try to assist you with condition reports however we cannot promise to reply to condition reports requested on the day of the sale. Please come in and VIEW the items to satisfy your own judgment wherever possible.

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