The first auction of the new year at Halls Fine Art has proved to be an instant ‘hit’ with buyers. For two days prior to the auction, the saleroom was very busy with viewers and on the day of the auction the number of online bidders registering for the auction was over double the usual number in the old Interiors sale format.
On the day, the paintings section proved to be the most popular with a sale topping £1,600 given for four watercolours by Arthur Gerald Ackermann (1876-1960) depicting views of Blakeney and marine scenes. This was followed by £1,300 for a Patrick George still life with a bottle and two others by the same hand which was bought by an internet buyer. There were high three figure sums paid for a William Woodhouse (1857-1939) of horses (£850), a Joseph Josiah Dodd (1809-1880) of Turton Towers (£950) and £800 for an interiors scene of a young man attributed to George Lance at £800.
There were successes in furniture and works of art with a Louis XV style bureau de dame realizing £440, a painted satinwood wheel barometer signed Spelzini selling for £380 and a bronze bust of Percival March by his brother the well known sculptor Sydney March (1875-1965) being knocked down for £560.
Chinese works of art also proved popular and a collection of Chinese silkworks and other textiles, mainly 20th century, from a local vendor sold to the internet for £600 with another similar lot at £310.
Director of Halls Fine Art, Jeremy Lamond, commented ‘we are delighted with the tremendous interest shown in this new event and the response has justified our belief that buyers are looking for good quality items offered on a regular basis in a format that accommodates a variety of subjects’
The next Halls Collective auction will be held on Wednesday 7th February and will commence with an offering of over 70 lots of wines from a deceased estate. Time enough to leave ‘dry January’ behind!