Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Gaze Architectural Furnishings & Statuary

Above: An oak framed leaded glass bay window incorporating two painted panels- approx 105" wide x 42" deep, the estimate is £150 - £225, hammer price £160

Above: A pair of stone staddles with caps, the estimate is £240 - £360, Unsold

Above: A reconstituted stone figure of a gentleman, the estimate is £160 - £240, hammer price £320

Above: A set of seventeen cast iron decorative balusters, the estimate is £250 - £375, hammer price £360

Above: A late 19th Century Portland stove, oyster shell gable cresting from Cavendish Square, London, the estimate is £8000 - £12000, Unsold

Above: A pair of wrought iron 7ft arrow top gates, the estimate is £100 - £150, hammer price £105

Gaze, Roydon Road, Diss, Norfolk
Architectural Sale, Saturday 16th August

Normally 1200 or more lots of architectural salvage, garden statuary and reclaimed building materials, starting at 10am at T W Gaze Diss Norfolk. Catalogue available online from Thursday prior. Viewing Thursday prior 2pm-8pm, Friday 10am-5pm, sale morning from 8.30am. Tel (UK) 01379 650306. Fax 01379 644313. Expert in charge Mr. Carl Willows. Two auctioneers work this auction in tandem outdoors and indoors, so if you wish to bid in both sections take a friend.

UPDATE: Carl Willows architectural rural bygones auctioneer at Gaze said, "It was a good interesting sale and filled with a great mixture of people from around the country. Surprisingly there wasn't any American interest, even though the strength of the dollar is improving. Unlike previous sales there was a good split of forty per cent trade and sixty per cent public.

The star lot was an early eighteenth century marble bust of a boy holding a bearded mask, seated on an animal skin (possibly representing the infant Hercules with head of Holofernes), believed to have been bought on the continent thirty years ago. We had trouble trying to attribute it to an artist as there are no signatures or distinct markings, but it still sold to a private buyer for an impressive £29000.00. The sculpture came from the estate of the recently deceased Kent artist Gordon Davies. Gaze are handling the vast majority of the estate which includes paintings and other works of art from his collection.

Other interesting lots included a 58ft run of copper frieze (Art Nouveau with acanthus and urn relief), which sold for £12,000, this is due to appear at a forthcoming Olympia Fair as the trade buyer intends to make it into a wall. An attractive wrought and pierced metal pergola, sold for £1100. A pair of 19th Century or possibly earlier cast iron Warwick urns (approx 20" high x 23" rim with elaborate loop handles) sold for a disappointing £1900. The most amusing lot was a run of three bronze plaques depicting Peter Pan, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook, or so I thought, but later I learnt that the lost boys weren't in fact lost, but wrongly catalogued! It was a Red Indian incomplete freeze which sold for £800. Sadly there was no decent york stone to report back on but what we did have sold well for what it was.

We are now into a good Rural Bygones sale, which includes a private collection and a load of items from a museum in Yorkshire which should make for a cracking sale."


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