Autumn Fine Art & Antiques Auction  Highlights 

Morphets Fine Art & Antique auction, held in our Harrogate auction room on 6th September, saw some outstanding results. 

Top price of the day was the £20,000 plus buyer’s premium paid for a Thompson of Kilburn ‘Mouseman’ single bedroom suite.

The bedroom suite, illustrated here,  dated from 1929 and was made for St Joseph’s Convent, Haunton, Staffordshire. The Thompson workshop won the contract to furnish the convent and each bedroom  had a single door wardrobe, dressing chest, stool and bed.  The suite was expected to realise in the region of £6000-£8000 but fierce competition between four determined buyers left others standing as they pushed the final bid to £20,000.


The antique auction included a large selection of the enduringly popular ’ Mouseman’ furniture including a set of six lattice back dining chairs which realised £3,500 and a set of five at £2,700.  An octagonal dining table realised £1500 and a small rectangular dining table 129cm wide x 74cm deep of good colour realised £2,400.An ottoman took a final bid of £1,900 and a standard lamp £550.

Antique furniture sold well despite current trends with top price of £1600 paid for an 18th century walnut chest on chest.  Clocks also fared better than of late with a French ormolu carriage clock with striking and quarter repeating movement selling for £2000.

A gentleman’s Rolex Daytona Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph wristwatch c. 2004 in stainless steel case created a good deal of interest and sold well over estimate at £9,000 (illustrated here) followed by a lady’s Rolex diamond set oyster perpetual date just wristwatch c. 2014 in bi-metal case which sold for £5,000.

 A UK Golden Jubilee gold proof set 2002 (thirteen coins) in leather case of issue sold for £5000 and an East Caribbean States Golden Jubilee set of five 10 dollar 2002 gold proof coins struck in 22ct gold sold for £4,200.

Lowry prints continue to be popular and a signed limited edition of The Pond sold well at £3,500 illustrated here, followed by St Lukes Church at £2,200.  A pair of small oils by John Frederick Herring Snr of each depicting a race horse with jockey up proved to be a good buy at £2,300.

One of the more unusual lots in the sale was an Imperial Russian Railway Souvenir vesta case in 14ct gold, silver and enamel, shaped like a bullet and enamelled 1875-1876 and in Cyrillic, Fast-Track Railway, above the name A G Wanburg and the coat of arms for Kiev and the Imperial coat of arms.

Measuring 35mm x 14mm Morphets’ jewellery specialist, John Mason, spotted it amongst a box of costume jewellery and bits and bobs consigned for a general sale.  It sold for £1500 plus buyer’s premium.

The next Fine Art and Antique catalogue sale is to be held on 29th November and the deadline for entries is Friday 2nd November. The bi-annual Fine Wine, Vintage Port and Spirits sale is to be held on Wednesday 28th November at 6pm and entries are invited now and until the deadline Friday 26th October.

If you are thinking of selling and would like advice, with charge or obligation, on the auction value of your items please contact Elizabeth Pepper-Darling or Nick Mellors on 01423 530030, or call into the Saleroom at No. 6 Albert Street, Harrogate HG1 1JL.


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