June 2014

Lot 221 - Sold for £30,000

Lot 652 - Sold for £6,500
Campbells introduced Live Internet Bidding, courtesy of the-saleroom.com , for their most recent sale. This was in order to do justice to an exceptional consignment collected from a local flat. Results were self-evident.

A fine, indeed formidable, pair of bronzes predictably stole the show. This is the pair of Indian Slaves, each holding a torch by Armand Toussaint, cast by Barbedienne, circa 1850-75. Standing an impressive 44 inches high, their stature was further-enhanced by large mahogany plinths. Bidding on this lot was largely on the telephones and pre-sale expectations of £10,000/15,000 were quickly eclipsed, amidst much local media interest. The pair were bought privately at £30,000 and are set now to form part of a set of four with the new purchaser !

From the same estate came a well-chosen collection of Royal Worcester porcelain including works by the best-known of their artists. There were seven lots painted by the great Harry Davis, the most expensive being a large twin-handled pedestal vase at 15 inches, £3,200. Another, smaller, made £2,500.

Further pots by John, Harry and James Stinton did not go unnoticed and priced ranged from £500/2,000. Furniture from the flat was in the French taste and was similarly eye-catching. A pair of walnut and marquetry pier cabinets brought £3,400 whilst a small credenza reached £2,400.

An handsome pair of rouge marble and ormolu candelabra was one of several, similar lots and bidding was typically and equally competitive. These were bid to £2,900.

Paintings from the flat were not to be outdone; a large oil on canvas (4ft x 3ft 6in.) profiling a composed young man holding a riding crop and standing against an unfurled carpet caused interest. Painted by Michele Gordigiani and dated 1870, this was within it’s original Florentine carved giltwood frame. Telephone, internet and commission bids took to conflict but it was bought in the room at £6,500. The private consignment totalled a little over £80,000.

From another source was a pair of Chinese porcelain vases. With fairly low expectations, much interest was shown in them prior to auction day when they were bid to £7,000. A small mahogany revolving bookcase benefited from it’s broad internet exposure, revealing all of it’s high Art Nouveau characteristics in colourful marquetry. This was sold at £460.

Campbells next sale is Tuesday August 12 when the-saleroom.com and all of it’s Live Bidding will feature and be welcomed again.

Lot 379 - Sold for £3,200

Lot 246 - Sold for £460

Lot 75 - Sold for £3,400