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J’AIME DECEMBER 2021

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F E AT U R E<br />

Going out with a bang<br />

LICHFIELD AUCTIONEER RICHARD WINTERTON BROUGHT THE HAMMER DOWN ON <strong>2021</strong> WITH A SUCCESSFUL<br />

FINE ART SALE WHICH SAW PLENTIFUL BIDDING FROM BUYERS WORLDWIDE ON AN ARRAY OF EXCITING LOTS<br />

Lichfield’s auctioneer has finished the year on a high<br />

with a Winter Fine Arts sale packed with luxury items.<br />

From antique oil paintings and modern works of art<br />

to fine ceramics and a cellarful of wine and whisky,<br />

bidders from all over the world joined The Lichfield<br />

Auction Centre online and over the telephone.<br />

Appropriately enough for a sale of such high calibre,<br />

one of the highlights was a handsome antique Tranter<br />

revolver.<br />

The 54 bore percussion pistol, a rare third model<br />

from around 1860, was in fine condition retaining<br />

virtually all its original finish and came in its original<br />

mahogany case with a full set of accessories.<br />

After an intense bidding battle, the revolver finally<br />

sold to a bidder on the internet for £4,000.<br />

Also in the antique guns section, Colt and Remington<br />

models from the 1850s each sold for £1,100 and<br />

a Harvey’s patent 1st model revolver – very few of<br />

which are known to exist – made £950.<br />

Lots of energy conveyed in the Royal Doulton<br />

prototype by Stanley Thorogood of Joan Of Arc on<br />

horseback, signed and dated 1919, was marvellously<br />

mirrored as bids flew in online, in the room and<br />

on the phone, charging to a final hammer price of<br />

£3,200.<br />

A Della Robbia Pottery slender bottle vase made<br />

£1,400, two handbuilt live steam models totalled<br />

£2,700 and a 1950s Heuer chronograph sold at<br />

£1,200.<br />

It was a great day for paintings too, with ‘Native Air’,<br />

a 91cm-square colourful abstract landscape by David<br />

THE THIRD MODEL TRANTER<br />

REVOLVER CIRCA 1860 WHICH<br />

SOLD FOR £4,000<br />

Prentice selling<br />

for £2,000 to<br />

a telephone<br />

bidder and<br />

‘The Gateway,<br />

Tunis’ by Sir<br />

Hubert von<br />

Herkomer<br />

taking £2,300.<br />

There was<br />

also a flurry<br />

of bids for an<br />

early Victorian<br />

‘NATIVE AIR’ BY<br />

DAVID PRENTICE<br />

WENT UNDER THE<br />

HAMMER FOR<br />

£2,000<br />

painting by George Jackson, finally knocked down for<br />

£1,350.<br />

Furnishings under the hammer included a pair of<br />

Regency window seats, selling at £1,500, a tree of life<br />

silk rug, sold for £1,300, and a Victorian breakfront<br />

credenza, which made £1,000.<br />

With international interest from America and<br />

Ireland, an eclectic archive of Dublin’s Abbey<br />

Theatre achieved a total hammer price of £1,080<br />

and everyone said a special ‘cheers’ to the wines and<br />

whisky section, which served up a record 100 per cent<br />

selling rate!<br />

Free quotations for house clearances, probate services<br />

and in-person valuations of any item at The Lichfield<br />

Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, can<br />

be booked on 01543 251081 or by email to<br />

office@richardwinterton.co.uk.<br />

Free valuations for pictures, ceramics, watches,<br />

jewellery and collectables of all types can also be<br />

booked at the new Tamworth saleroom at 34-35<br />

Church Street – telephone 01827 217746 or email<br />

tamworth@richardwinterton.co.uk.<br />

Home visits for bulky items or large collections<br />

and appointments to view pre-sale are available to<br />

arrange, too.<br />

Online catalogues can be viewed via<br />

www.richardwinterton.co.uk/auction-dates.<br />

The family firm breaks up for Christmas on<br />

December 22, returning on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.<br />

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