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
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 !
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
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.
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.
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
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.