Summer sale pulls in the bids across the board

We had some excellent results in all departments at our Bedale Hall sale on 23 June with many items comfortably meeting or soaring way above their price estimates.

One lot that generated a huge amount of interest was a 19th-century Russian icon that sold for £1,900; more than six times its guide price of £300-£400. Depicting Christ holding an open book, the painting was presented in a gilt frame and measured 30.5cm by 26cm. 

Another item from far-off lands was a large teak and brass chest from Zanzibar. Typically decorated with studs and pierced brass work, this sturdy piece of furniture rose magnificently above its estimate of £200-£300 when it sold for £700. 

Moving closer to home but still attracting plenty of attention was a 19th-century Tunbridge Ware blotter decorated with a castle within a mosaic border. It started off with a modest estimate of £80-£120 but was finally knocked down for £1,200. 

The sale’s fine art section also achieved some particularly robust prices led by a fabulous nautical scene by the contemporary artist John Steven Dews. Velsheda Beating to Windward sailed to its new owner for £8,800 – nicely topping its estimate of £6,000-£8,000. A pair of magnificent oil paintings of Venice by the French landscape artist Antoine Bouvard (1870-1956) reached £4,200 and £4,000 apiece, and Alphonse Neumans’ dramatic scene of the burning of the Scarborough Spa doubled its valuation when it finally sold for £1,200. 

Interest in the Chinese market continues to hold, as borne out by the many outstanding results in this area. A simple Chinese brown glazed bowl on an elaborately carved zitan stand sold for £1,000; twice its guide price of £500-£700. An attractive Chinese enamel porcelain dish decorated inside and outside with ducks also smashed its estimate of £80-£120 when it went under the hammer for £320. 

Jewellery is another area that sees significant investment and the results from this department were particularly strong. A stunning Art Deco sapphire, ruby and diamond ring sold for £950, exceeding its valuation of £400-£600 and an elegant pair of diamond earrings, circa 1880-1890 met their guide price of £2,600.

Our next sale will be held on 22 September. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any consignments.

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