The results of the Thursday, 20th November 2008 sale saw quality items making bumper prices at Simon Chorley Art & Antiques’ Prinknash Abbey Park salerooms.A watercolour of a heron in a faux tortoiseshell frameA strong picture section got things off to a flying start. Lot 57, a watercolour of a heron in a faux tortoiseshell frame and four companion pictures saw bidding take off to £5200 against a £600-800 estimate.  Very much in the manner of Audubon these may have been painted comparatively recently in the 1970s but the sheer quality and the decorative subject matter attracted a number of bidders.

Lot 82, an abstract still life by Jansem led the oil paintings.  After fierce international bidding on the internet and the telephones a U.S trade buyer was eventually successful at £6,800.  On the more traditional front two works by the sporting artist John Nost Sartorius were offered; Lot 88 ‘The Chase’ reached £4200 and a smaller scene, Lot 89 ‘Over the Stream’, saw a healthy £2,200 against an estimate of £1000-1500.

A large ceramics section saw patchy bidding with strong prices for items of good quality and in tiptop condition.  Fitting this bill was Lot 141, a cased set of Royal Worcester coffee cups and saucers.  Decorated by Kitty Blake with autumn fruits and dated 1926 these were contested to an above estimate £750.

A small section of jewellery saw every lot sell confirming that small items of intrinsic value are holding value better than larger lots such as furniture.  Topping the bill was Lot 297, a stunning pendant shaped somewhat like a snowflake which fetched £2500 and is sure to make a fantastic gift this Christmas.

Another striking lot was Lot 346, a statue of St George from Prinknash Abbey; this dates from around 1900 and has a slightly pre-Raphaelite feel to it.  At some point the addition of two large wings was intended to convert him to St Michael but whichever Saint we take him for it makes a bold visual statement, worth every penny of the £3,800 hammer price.

The small but quality clock section saw several good prices including £1000 for Lot 378 a repeating carriage clock, c.1870 with a highly decorative case.

Doom and gloom in the wider economy has begun to seep into the art market with reports of disastrous sales in London and New York over the last few weeks.   On that basis auctioneers Simon Chorley Art and Antiques were understandably apprehensive before this last sale.  Thankfully these fears were, in the main, groundless, the same old story unfolded with certain items of particular quality racing away to achieve bumper prices while a quantity of lower value items either struggled to find buyers or were snapped up by bargain hunters.

The Prinknash saleroom is becoming well known for its monthly sales of quality lots, particularly in the current market the policy of sacrificing quantity for quality is paying dividends.

NEXT SALE:  Thursday 11th December :  The Vosper Collection

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