We are “off the blocks” again next Saturday at 10am,
It is an interesting assemblage of pieces that have come from estates throughout the north. Looking through the inventory, the ceramics & glass section has a real mixture of pieces ranging from eighteenth century porcelain to quite modern glass and decorative arts pieces – apart from the collection of nineteenth century Masons Ironstone. In the collectables section, again variety is the buzzword, ranging from toy trains to postcards & albums, books to tribal pieces, a car mascot and even a Russian flag handpainted with a portrait of Lenin!
An interesting aspect of the cataloguer’s job is using obscure words like parure (Lot 243), or manju (Lot 240), or gnomon (Lot 184), or even kris (Lot 120) – which are all part of our education in the world of antiques.
And we are recruiting again, so if anyone knows of someone who wants a job as a trainee auctioneer & valuer, or perhaps someone who wants a total change of career, please get in touch. There is no better way to learn about antiques, and by handling stuff the person will be “thrown in at the deep end”, cataloguing consignments as they arrive. It is very much a practical job, dealing with clients and being very organised with vendor’s treasures. They need to be fit, and obviously confident enough to talk & bang a hammer at the same time! We are a fun team, and it is an interesting job, so if you want to come & have a chat about it – ring me on 0777 424 1111 ASAP.
Getting back to this auction, we have been trying to work out if there is a ghostly head carved into the ancient block of sandstone in Lot 184? The item will certainly be a star, and ‘in-house’, we always try & predict which will be the top lot of the day. In this sale there can be little doubt, with Lot 507 being one of the finest pieces of nineteenth century furniture to have ever come into the saleroom – which we hope might make five figures? There are also some excellent bronzes in the inventory.
Do have a scroll through the on-line catalogue. Some people are put off by the posh sale status of the antique event, but many regulars have kicked themselves after looking at the hammer prices achieved.
So do come & take away some treasures – there never has been a better time to buy.
Lot 123 - every good house needs a swordstick!.
Jim Railton •
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