The first auction of the year at Bourne was the usual success story that only sales at this time of year can bring. The first part of the year remains the best to sell and vendors and buyers should not be put off by restrictions, if anything the process of buying at auction is much simpler than ever before.
Two lots in the sale at Bourne on January 6th highlight the usual points that quality, age, condition and a good name often mix to produce the best results.
A silver muffin dish by the esteemed Victorian maker Edward Farrell kicked off events and is a definite barometer of things to come price wise as £2600 was required to own it. Now this was not any ordinary muffin dish, you would be pleased to own such an item which ticked a great many boxes, being silver, by one of the great 19th century makers and illustrating all of the bells and whistles associated with the finest tableware seen during this period.
It was a stonking lot, its quality was assured from thirty paces, it would grace any table, and it ticked every box from small stature to high quality and again illustrated perfectly what sells well: traditional items of good quality are still and always will be required by private buyers and the trade alike.
Enhancing this notion further was the Irish longcase clock, which was found in lot 426. Now clocks of this type have seen better days in terms of price and popularity, but when a George III example from across the Irish Sea appears, ears become pricked and interest is sharpened and again proves the type, age and quality of an item result in the high hammer price in this case £1350.
Similar clocks would sell for dare I say £135 (well maybe a touch more!) but the magic Irish connection from the Cork (or as signed to the face Corke) maker James Aickin (1711-1795), who was one of the top Irish clock makers added to the prestige of this item and led to a hammer price which sailed away from the £400 - £600 estimate with style.
This is not to say that only items with names are selling and it is worth noting just how busy our salerooms are in this most difficult of times. As already suggested now is the time to buy and sell with online bidding and help of Golding Young an RICS accredited company, you are in a great position with our own postage and packing, dedicated team, accurate cataloguing, precise condition reports and in-house online platform, we are the go to company when buying in this troubled times, you hardly need leave the comfort of your own armchair whether you are a buyer or a seller.
Further sales appear thick and fast throughout the year at Bourne, Grantham and Lincoln and now is the time to (metaphorically) pay us a visit.