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A historic sale nets top prices; Flash back.

Byline: Under the Hammer by Mike Litherland of Outhwaite and Litherland

THE Parbold Hall auction on June 12 was a great success, and it was a pleasure to be able to conduct the sale from a place with stunning views across the Douglas Valley.

The hall has been the home of Sir Peter Moores since the late 1950s. He bought it when he was 25 and spent the next few year turning what was a shell with no floors or ceilings in most of the rooms into the magnificent home it is today.

The four-day viewing before the sale gave everyone time to view and register, and we had many commission and telephone bids from around the world. It was also a pleasure to see some old faces from our Liverpool salesroom.

The sale itself saw prices throughout achieve excellent results.

A Charles II oak and fruitwood parquetry long dresser, with moulded top above four drawers each and two octagonal fielded panels inlaid with geometric patterns, standing on six compound baluster and block legs, realised PS9,500.

A mahogany four-pedestal dining table - the moulded D-end top with reeded border supported on baluster columns each with three reeded splay legs with brass terminal and castors, having two additional leaves - late 18th century, also with patent folding table top mat, realised PS6,000.

An Art Deco necklace with braided wire fastening supporting three rows of seed pearls interspaced with roundels of moonstone and the roundel pendant with jade drop, in leather case with double hinged lid, from Spink & Sons Ltd sold for PS5,200.

A mahogany desk with inset leather top having two drawers to frieze and two drawers either side, standing on cabriole supports with acanthus decoration and massive hairy paw feet, also sold for PS5,200.

The Boyle Family Gutter Study, for the Westminster Series 3D painted fibreglass, signed and dated 1995 and annotated on the reverse, realised PS4,900.

As normal, we have our valuation day at our Southport office every Friday from 10.30am to12.30pm & 2pm to 4pm, and we are now accepting items to include in our next Fine Art Sale, such as jewellery, gold, silver, paintings, ceramics, clocks, watches and furniture.

If you have items which are too large to bring in, just send a photograph, email us at or we can come to you.

For more information just call 01704 538489.


TOP LOT: The Charles II oak and fruitwood long dresser
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2013
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