Record Breaking Sale !
We are very pleased to announce the huge success of our February Fine Art and Antiques auction which realised over £550,000. The auction attracted global interest in specialised areas, most of all the collection of Arts & Crafts silver which alone fetched in excess £120,000. Other results include :
Early 20th Century sapphire and diamond necklace
Hammer Price : £35,000
Regency rosewood and parcel gilt sideboard
Hammer Price : £31,000
Late Victorian silver Art Nouveau-style biscuit box
Hammer Price : £26,000
Lucian Freud ink on paper
Hammer Price : £8,300
We are incredibly proud to announce that our young auctioneer Timothy Medhurst has been shortlisted for the 'Young Guns of the Antiques Trade Award'. He is one of only twelve selected from over fifty top notch entries from around the country. The Judges were looking for the most endearing story of how and why the entrant started in the business. Entrants were expected to demonstrate a real and heartfelt commitment to the industry and show how to generate confidence to encourage other young people to join the trade and visit antiques shops. This campaign reinforces one of the central themes of the mission statement of National Antiques Week :
* To Promote and encourage a younger audience to visit antiques shops, fairs and auction houses during National Antiques Week
* To promote and endorse the green credentials of antiques and to highlight the exceptional value antiques represent compared with equivalent high street purchases
Aged just 12 years old, Timothy had already developed a passion for coins and had a knowledge beyond his years. He joined Reeman Dansie on work experience at the age of 16 where his promising potential and enthusiam were recognized and shortly after was taken on full time as a trainee auctioneer, selling for the first time on the rostrum at just 17 years old. He has turned a childhood love of coins into a career, as an auctioneer specialising in the numismatic world. He is determined to bring a young edge to an area of the trade that is sometimes seen as old and stuffy.
Now, aged 21, Timothy has expanded the interest initially started from his love of coins and now has a wide and extensive knowledge of Antiques and Collectables. He runs the Coins and Militaria sales and also has an active cataloguing role in all the auctions. Tim is also very much involved in the Valuation Days that Reeman Dansie holds regularly for local charities.
We wish him the very best of luck when the results are announced on April 25th and hope other young enthusiasts can take inspiration from him.
You can follow Tim on Twitter : @TimothyMedhurst or view his blog : http://timothymedhurst.blog.co.uk
A Time Honoured Tradition
In the early 1800s paper Valentines had become so popular that they started being commercially produced; but it was the dawn of the penny post in 1840 that caused an explosion in popularity and by 1841 over 400,000 Valentines had been posted throughout England. The Victorians were well and truly gripped by this amorous craze and ornate cards with ribbons and lace were the height of fashion. This lovely example below dates from around 1910 and is a Prussian chromolitho embossed kaleidoscope card by Alfred Stiebel & Co. This card formed part of the David May Collection