Moorcroft pottery proves popular at Fellows

Fellows held their latest sale of Antiques & Fine Art on Monday 29th June. At over 1000 lots, it was their largest sale of recent times resulting in some exceptional prices!

Moorcraft Pottery from Fellows' recent auctionA standout collection of Moorcroft Pottery (left) was a hit in the saleroom and made sure the auction started with a bang, with the total hammer price for the section coming in at over £3,500. The Arts and Crafts pieces also were extremely popular with a locally consigned Ruskin pottery vase selling for triple estimate £920.

Perhaps the strongest section of the sale was the clocks, with 22 pieces bringing in a grand total of over £40,000. A large number were consigned by a local estate, a former engineer and clock enthusiast, who had purchased many through auctions in the 1980s and ‘90s. The combination of market-fresh items and pieces with an excellent provenance proved irresistible to buyers, and a series of clocks made four-figure sums. These included a late 17th century bracket clock by Henry Jones of London, which sold at £6,100, and a Longcase signed ‘Joseph Windmills’ sold for £7,100.

Stand out pieces in the Oriental section include a a 19th century bowl, consigned by a Chinese Vendor, which made made ten times pre-sale expectations at £6,500 – despite a crack running through the body! From the same vendor, an ovoid ginger jar also tripled predictions to sell at £1,100.

One of the more unusual items in the sale was a Georg Neumann microphone. It surprised everyone when the quirky lot far exceeded estimate to sell for an amazing £3,500.

A large and varied selection of collector’s items included a rock crystal paperweight example by Boucheron, which sold for £2,000, just eclipsed by the £2,100 offered for a whimsical Victorian silver frog table lighter by the celebrated James Barclay Hennell.

The vendor came across this pair of ornamental frogs, along with a Georgian kettle stand, and clock (selling for £1,600 and £1,300 respectively), whilst clearing out his garage in North Yorkshire.

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