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Antiques&Auctions: Good quality antiques keep ticking over at Bristol Auction Rooms.

THE BRISTOL AUCTION ROOMS' 280-lot sale held in their Clifton rooms on November 5 saw some excellent results in all sections.

There was a strong clock section and dealers and collectors responded accordingly. Top price was a hefty pounds 13,000 paid for a large inlaid and carved mahogany quarter-chiming hall regulator circa 1900, which to many would probably seem completely `over the top' Victoriana, but it was a really superb mechanism keeping good time, possibly having been the `showroom' regulator of Pleasance & Harper when they were trading from 4 Wine Street, Bristol before the shop closed in 1940.

The clock was bought by a Florida collector bidding on the telephone.

Another regulator made pounds 5,800, this one a Victorian Scottish rosewood domestic example, circa 1850, with four-pillar bell-striking movement with Harrison's maintaining power, deadbeat escapement and mercury compensated pendulum.

There were many other interesting prices. pounds 3,800 was paid by a Saudi Arabian buyer for a fine French ormolu and marble GrecoEgyptian Revival five-piece mantel clock garniture circa 1870, and the same price was taken for an English brass balance wheel lantern clock circa 1650 by Luke Cockedge, an unrecorded West Country maker.

But it was the longcases that really gave the section strength and depth.

A South Gloucestershire mahogany eightday longcase with moonphase circa 1825 made pounds 1,550, a Bristol oak 30-hour longcase circa 1750 with outside countwheel pounds 1,150, an early 19th century South Gloucestershire inlaid mahogany eight-day longcase with well-finished four-pillar rack and bell striking movement pounds 3,600, and a substantial mahogany quarter chiming longcase circa 1900, with triple train movement, pounds 4,000.

The sale also included some fine examples of mechanical music. Top price of this section was pounds 6,800 paid by a private collector for a Sublime Harmony eight-air interchangeable cylinder musical box on table stand by Nicole Freres circa 1880, the drawer to the stand containing three additional cylinders.

Other musical boxes made nowhere near this huge price but there was a very nice piccolo zither eight-air musical box by P.V.F. Ste Croix circa 1880 which made pounds 1,500.

Top lot of the furniture section was a fine Victorian inlaid figured walnut credenza which made pounds 6,200.

A George III mahogany threesection dining table sold for pounds 2,100 to a Home Counties private buyer.

A Regency brass inland rosewood small pedestal Pembroke work table also sold for pounds 2,200, and a Regency cross-banded figured mahogany bowfront dressing table made pounds 720 and a George III satinwood banded and polychrome painted mahogany demilune card table sold to the Cotswold trade at pounds 1,450.

One of the real plums in the section was a George III figured mahogany secretaire chest on chest, which sold for pounds 4,500 despite being in need of substantial restoration.

It was, however, of classic clean proportions and good colour and although the cost of restoration will be quite high, it will certainly be a stunning piece when finished. The 200-lot silver section was led by a Victorian silver and ruby flash glass claret jug (London 1847 by James Charles Edington, height 29cm) which sold at over double the estimate for pounds 2,700 to the London trade bidding on the telephone.

Some excellent prices were achieved in a strong jewellery section. Two diamond solitaire rings came out top of the section with pounds 5,700 being taken for one with an approx. 3.0ct brilliant-cut stone, and pounds 4,400 for another with approx 2.2ct marquise-cut stone flanked by three others to each side. In fact diamonds proved to be very much in vogue - a fancy diamond circular cluster ring sold for pounds 1,450, a late Victorian diamond double crescent brooch pounds 1,100, a diamond shooting star and crescent brooch pounds 980, a dia-mond two-stone crossover ring pounds 860, another diamond solitaire pounds 780 and a five-stone diamond ring pounds 660.

An Art Deco amethyst and diamond brooch sold for pounds 700, and the same price was taken for a rugby and sapphire two-row halfhoop ring.

A Victorian oval shell cameo brooch made pounds 640 and a sapphire and diamond five-stone ring pounds 620. The sale also included a good picture section which was certainly well received. Top price of the section was pounds 2,800 paid for a fine watercolour by Edgar Bundy (1862-1922), with three huntsmen in an inn parlour, followed by pounds 2,000 taken for a watercolour by Charles Edward Dixon (18721934) being a good Thames river study entitled `Off the Royal Albert Docks'.

On Saturday, November 23, Jones & Llewelyn (Llandeilo Auction Rooms) will be conduct-ing a catalogue auction of antiques and collectables to include a number of interesting pieces, acquired from local properties and further afield.

The firm was established in 1948 and undertakes valuations and house clearances throughout South Wales and also has a number of properties for sale.

Entries are continually being accepted for future sales, so why not spend a day in the beautiful Towy Valley and visit what promises to be a high quality antique sale.

A sample of the items entered to date are listed in our main advert which include a Llanelli cockerel plate, cranberry Epergne, period Welsh dresser base, grandfather clocks etc.

Viewing will take place between 3pm and 7pm on Friday, November 22 and morning of sale from 9am.

The sale will commence at 10am prompt. For further information or to order a catalogue by post - pounds 3 - please contact Hefin or Ann on 01558 823430. Catalogues will be posted on our web site: k during the week commencing November 18.

On Friday evening, November 29, we will be conducting an auction of collectable toys together with a large selection of Elvis Presley memorabilia.

Sale will commence at 4.30pm and will be on view from 11am on the day of sale. Toys will include Dinky, Corgi, dolls, teddies and train sets.

And finally, under the hammer in early January will be a special entry of 10 vintage farm tractors.InfoFurther information from Nick Ewing, David Rees, Leighton Gillibrand: 0117 973 7201


KEEPING TIME: Sold at the BRISTOL AUCTION ROOMS on November 5: (from left) a Bristol oak 30-hour longcase clock circa 1750 by Joseph Smith ,which made pounds 1,150 and a South Gloucestershire mahogany 8-day longcase clock with moonphase circa 1825 by Samuel Collings of Thornbury, which made pounds 1,550
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 16, 2002
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