Gaze, Diss UK
Auctioneer Carl Willows said, the sale of Architectural Salvage on October 31, "Was probably our most diverse sale for some time, bidding was dominated by the trade. This was probably a reflection of the number of quality items that had come fresh to the market from recent house moves and some demolitions.
"Naturally old favourites returned. Another fine run of selected York flags, this time from the Swan Hunter shipyard in Sunderland worked out at over £110 per sq. yard (including premium) but I still maintain is good value as against Axminster carpet.
"Flooring was generally mixed with a good variety on offer. Good oak parquet fortunately was bought, locally, as flooring rather than firewood. Oak boards did less well but worm free elm was o.k.
"A superb run of six cupboards in oak sold to Canadian trade for an acceptable £1950. Doors were as usual for us very variable. An interesting aspect of the sale was pronounced lack of enthusiasm for reproduction cast iron and concrete ‘decorative’ items. This may have been a reflection of the absence of private buyers and the dismal rainy weather but I believe it is a sign for the future . . .Has it had its day? Despite my hopes a modern bronze of ‘Jack Frost’ made £1100!!"
"Among the ‘house clearance’ items that come to mind were two clam shells selling to trade at £1200 and £1100 (+ buyers premium), a modern Carrara marble chimney piece at £1800 (+ buyers premium), four Blanchard columns and capitals at £650 (+ buyers premium) and a lead fountain at £580 (+ buyers premium). Not many phone buyers, but we appreciate seeing such a good crowd on the floor."
The next sale at Gaze is Rural and Domestic Bygones on 21 November. Despite it only being early days for consignments Mr Willows is optimistic," We have a nice horse drawn cart and a good collection of packaging and enamel signs," said Mr Willows.
Above: A run of cupboards and pigeon Loles in six sections, each with a pair of oak six panelled doors each section approx 52 1/2" wide x 87" high x 16 1/2 deep, sold for £1950.
Above: A bronze study of jack Frost - torso and out stretched hand, sold for £1100 (+ buyers premium)
Above: A lead fountain, the base 62" diameter, two tier with fluted outlet, sold for £580 (+ buyers premium).
Above: A set of four 19th Century terracotta sugar twist columns with elaborate Corinthian capitals, stamped M.H. Blanchard & Co., Blackfriars Road, London, 54" tall, sold for £650 (+ buyers premium).