Title: 9th DECEMBER 2010

Date Posted: November 30th, 2010



On: Thursday 9th December 2010 at 11.00am

View: Wednesday 8th 1-7pm, Sale day from 9.30am

I’LL KEEP IT BRIEF. A big thank-you to so many who have rung, emailed and written with their best wishes and congratulations to myself and the staff on the phenomenal result for the vase. It was team work and we are particularly indebted to Luan Grocholski, our consultant valuer, who undertook all the research. £43,000,000 is the world’s highest figure for any ceramic and the 9th highest for any work of art, ever, the other eight all being paintings and sculptures.  I am still dazed.  The story is of course wonderful but you must know it all by now. What you won’t know though is that staff were offered £26,000 by the press (and press they did!) to give away the vendor’s details.  They did not succumb.

Moving on to this sale on the 9th December, with a week less to get the sale together it will be quite small.  Certainly FURNITURE is thin on the ground but it does include a magnificent German dining room suite of large proportions, a William IV walnut Davenport, a charming Victorian centre table, chests, chair sets, carved oak and modern items.  JEWELLERY is once again a great section full of gold and diamonds, including a packet of uncut diamonds found hidden in a book on a shelf of 500 books, and two Georgian mourning rings.  Subject to confirmation there are two charming large Edwardian diamond brooches and a diamond pendant.

On the shelves PORCELAIN, POTTERY AND GLASS abound with a curious propensity for Oriental! Of the 450 emails that crashed our system offering us vases, plates and sculptures from around the world (along with the largest sapphire in the world at a mere $l00 million) we have selected three. If as anticipated, they will be held over to allow for marketing.  Meanwhile we are offering Moorcroft, Clarice Cliff, Doulton, Royal Worcester, et al, and a wonderful large pair of Victorian green glass table lamps each mounted with a portrait panel.

Unusually, we have a Guzheng (a 19-string Chinese instrument for plucking).  PICTURES, COLLECTABLES, BOOKS, SILVER AND PLATE, RUGS and GENERAL EFFECTS all represented, incl. Parker pen display cabinets and Hornby trains.  Also a VW GOLF Mk 3 1.6 litre petrol motor car.

View catalogue and pictures from Saturday 4th November www.bainbridgesauctions.com

Next sale 17th February. Entry of goods 5-28th January 2011

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We are closed 23rd December to the 5th January for Christmas and building works

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