Auction full of surprises

15th August 2017

Eager bidders in the room, on the telephones and live On Line were the order of the day at Kivells Holsworthy Auction Room on 15th August.

Top price of the day was paid for a Breitling Navitimer wristwatch, the sellers’ brother having purchased it in the 1960’s. Bidding took off and the final bid of £2300 secured the watch for a bidder On Line in Austria.

“Brown furniture doesn’t sell” heard so often these days was proved wrong by a Georgian mahogany chest of drawers measuring just 30 inches high. Three telephone bidders, Internet interest and two bidders in the room took the bidding quickly past the £300-£400 guide to finally sell at the magnificent sum of £1350 to a telephone bidder in Brighton.

An Arts & Crafts enamelled tin box depicting a lady sewing was again eagerly anticipated by the greatest interest pre-sale. Despite missing its two back legs and splitting to its corners the bidding soon outstripped the £100-£200 guide to sell at £760.

A superb Doulton Lambeth Hannah Barlow designed vase depicting lions and horses sold to an on line bidder at £700 and a silver teapot and sucriere by Robert Hennell sold for £720.

Paintings by Charles Branscombe often feature in Kivells Auctions and yet again an example was on offer. This was a watercolour of Bude Breakwater viewed from Compass point looking in a north easterly direction and sold above expectations at £1150.

Among the 700 lots on offer there were other notable successes including a blue and white glass overlay vase at £620, a Cadbury Chocolate counter display cabinet at £240, Hamish Mackie bronze panther head £350, milk glass casket box £480, a Buck dovetail plane £300, 22 carat gold band ring £268, Poole Linley Adams mallard at £240 and a Beswick Limousin group at £380.

The next auction will be a Collectors Auction on 19th September 2017 to include Coins, Books, Militaria, Models & toys, and small collectables. The Auction will be live online at Lots are being accepted for all future auctions.  Please contact Philip Walter on 01409 259256 or by email at