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On the hunt for finds to make the new roaring 20s extra special

Posted on 03/01/2020 in Press Coverage

A new version of the roaring 20s is under way at Hansons inspired by the impact of a decade that made its mark in history 100 years ago.

Back in the 1920s, dramatically different fashion, flappers and ground-breaking Art Deco were all the rage. We still feel its influence today. Art and objects created 100 years ago are still in hot demand and soar to success in our Modern Design and Fine Art sales.

The 1920s was a decade that broke the rules, brought hemlines up to the knee and unleashed a wealth of creativity.

The 2020s are destined to be equally influential and I’m so glad to play my part. The wealth of objects we uncover from hundreds of years ago right up to the present day remind us of the rich array of design talent that continues to inspire us through the generations.

We’d love you to play your part.Make the new decade a time for change. Delve into your attics and cupboards and give a new home, and life, to forgotten objects.

People often ask why people sell. There are numerous reasons. Some people need to make space because they are downsizing or moving abroad. Others want to ensure a treasured item, or collection, finds a new owner to care for it, especially if they have no-one to leave it to.

Other people decide to part with something because it’s been hidden away in a drawer or on top of a wardrobe for decades. They see this as a waste and want others to enjoy it.

This was the case with a Sir Winston Churchill cigar found in Staffordshire. It sold for £4,800 in December after languishing in a drawer in Stoke for decades, rarely seeing the light of day.

Whatever your reasons to sell, we’d be delighted to help. This month, as well as our usual monthly antiques and collectors’ sale, we have a specialist toy auction and a fascinating cinematography sale. The private collections we uncover never cease to amaze me.

To whet your appetite for a prospective 2020 windfall, I’ve delved into the star lots in our most recent Fine Art, Library, Wine and Whisky and Watches sales.

Starting with art, a painting called White Horse Cellar (Hatchetts) Piccadilly (lot 2) by John Charles Maggs (1819-1896), a man highly regarded for his evocative Victorian coaching scenes, reached £1,100.

Then there was lot 52, an oil portrait of Christiane Eberhardine (1671-1727) of Brandenburg-Bayreuth and Electress of Saxony discovered on a routine home visit. Thought to be a 19th Century version, it sold for £2,100. But the biggest hammer price went to lot 86, an oil portrait of William Carr Beresford, who fought alongside The Duke of Wellington. It had an old label attributed to Reuben T. Sayers and two phone bidders battled it up to £9,500.

Signed Lowry prints are also performing well and a collection of five editions, including the rare ‘Beach 1947’, totalled £15,700.

Thanks to the talent of our books and works on paper expert Jim Spencer, our Library Auctions are drawing major buyers from London to our auction centres. The department handled more than £100,000 worth of Harry Potter editions in 2019 and the highest single Potter price in our December sale was £3,600 for lot 110, a 1997 first edition/issue paperback of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone which was purchased by an American collector.

Elsewhere in the Library section, lot 114, a Victorian Guide to the Brothels and Prostitutes of London made £4,000 courtesy of a London buyer.

We also sell fine wine and whisky and the highest single price was £1,050 for lot 1019, four bottles of 2001 Rene Engel Clos Vougeot Grand Cru.

Designer and vintage watches are big news and lot 2,000, a circa 1930s Jaeger Le Coultre steel Reverso wristwatch, made £2,100.

In the silver section, lot 2003, a Dr Christopher Dresser letter rack made by Hukin & Heath sold for £700 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. It was spotted by an eagle-eyed shop assistant at a Cancer Research shop.

More traditional silver to do well included lot 2013, a Victorian silver claret jug with St Ledger inscription, which made £1,900 and Lot 2017, a George III silver Irish baluster coffee hallmarked for Dublin 1768, which was contested to £2,200.

Other lots to excel included a pleasantly distressed 1920s Louis Vuitton cabin trunk which sold for £1,900 and lot 2169, a Howell & James champlevé enamel carriage clock brought which reached £1,800.

Furniture also showed promising results, especially antique oak with a good patina. Lot 2216, an 18th Century oak standing dresser totalled £2,600 and lot 2194, a late 17th Century joined oak long table, made £2,400.

However, the undisputed highlight of the auction was lot 2301, a stunning 1938 Alvis 25 sport saloon car which sold for £24,500.

In the world of antiques and collectables there is a buyer for practically anything. We’re sourcing entries for our Spring Fine Art, Modern Design, Library, Militaria, Coins, Jewellery and Watches auctions, plus general sales. Free valuations are available at Hansons, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire DE65 6LS, on Wednesdays, 5-7pm, Fridays, 10am-4pm, and Saturdays, 9am-noon. Plus, jewellery expert Kate Bliss is with us on Friday, January 10, 10am-3pm. To arrange a free home visit for large/multiple collections, estate clearance or downsizing, call 01283 733988.