02/11/2012 Chiswick Curates
Chiswick auctions have been a flurry of activity this week. Tuesday’s sale of general antiques had its fair share of surprises. The room was busy and commissions and telephone bids competed strongly, especially for jewellery and paintings.
The viewing had seen queues waiting to inspect the jewellery and silver, especially the large entry of Middle Eastern gold jewellery suites, which all sold at the top end and above the higher estimates, such as lot 349 selling well above an estimate of £1500-1800 for £3,600 including premium and lot 345 for £1950 against an estimate of £1000-1500. This was the pattern throughout the jewellery and silver section, again confirming the strength of precious metals.
Whilst, recently high prices and brisk bidding for gold, silver and jewellery in general, are of no surprise, this week’s entry was particularly; popular with both dealers and private buyers.
A strong entry of paintings both antique and modern, ensured and a good sale result across the board however there were a few exciting moments during the sale such as lot 599, an oil on board by Camille Souter, which finally sae the hammer go down at £7,600, including premium, against an estimate of £100-200 ! Whilst all the results for paintings were not as spectacular, it was, however, a very strong section this week.
The rest of the sale was consistent and busy; perhaps the run up to the Christmas season is helping to boost prices, whatever the reason the trend for prices across the board is up!
However most of this week’s excitement at Chiswick, surrounds the forthcoming Fine Sale and Oriental sale, both of which look to be interesting events!
The Oriental sale on the 13th of this month has an added attraction of a very good entry of fine wines and champagnes.