Cash windfalls enjoyed by locals thanks to auctioneers Rogers Jones
10:35am Monday 2nd September 2013 in Penarth news
CASH windfalls have been bagged by two families from the area who put items up for sale with local auctioneers Rogers Jones.
Celebrating the loudest was a Penarth couple who sent to the auction an impressive pair of Chinese hardwood elbow chairs which overturned their presale estimate of £1,000 to 1,500, to sell to a London specialist in Chinese antiques for £2,500.
Chinese buyers are said to be hugely active in UK sales of fine art and antiques.
Ben Rogers Jones, who runs the new showroom on Llandough Trading Estate said the chairs stood apart from comparable items.
“Natural veining in the marble gave the impression of clouds, each of them unique, an effect which is highly prized among Chinese collectors and dealers,” he said.
“Pieces like this pair of chairs, purchased in the Orient by 19th century travellers and brought back to Europe, are creating thriving competition and driving prices higher in the saleroom.”
A Dinas Powys woman, who asked to remain anonymous, also enjoyed a nice return after choosing to sell a pair of imposing 19th century ormolou-mounted porcelain urns by the French sculptor and designer Phillipe Mourey (1840-1910).
The porcelain body of the urns was decorated with a painted mythological scene.
Estimated at £400-600, they were purchased by a Surrey dealer for £1,500.
Most valuable lot in the sale was a pencil drawing of a man in profile by the Manchester artist L.S. Lowry, which sold for £2,700.
Entries are now invited for The Welsh Sale, which will be held at the Penarth Road saleroom on September 28.
Anyone interested in consigning paintings or prints should contact Ben Rogers Jones on 02920 708125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org