Another successful brace of Keys’ of Aylsham sales

This elegant suite of modern Waterford crystal black glassware fetched 130.

This elegant suite of modern Waterford crystal black glassware fetched 130. - Credit: Archant

Under the Hammer: more news of what is making the salerooms buzz from Kevin Lines of Keys Fine Art Auctioneers of Aylsham, the leading East Anglian fine art and antiques auction house.

A watercolour by 20th-century British artist Elizabeth Gray entitled Barnacle Geese, which sold for

A watercolour by 20th-century British artist Elizabeth Gray entitled Barnacle Geese, which sold for 880. - Credit: Archant

January is often a quiet time in the auction world, with dealers and collectors alike taking time to re-emerge after the Christmas break. So it has been refreshing to see two very successful Antiques and Interiors sales at the Aylsham salerooms in the new year, which saw a variety of interesting lots attract good bids from both those in the room and those bidding online.

These fortnightly sales can throw up a huge mix of lots, from attractive pieces at prices which are very accessible, to more niche and unusual lots which can achieve good prices if there is a specialist bidder or two taking part in the auction.

Interesting items sold included:

An Eastern hardwood carved Buddha with raised arms, together with a further Oriental hardwood carved stand with circular bronze pierced dragon panel, on a fretwork stand, which sold for £460.

This collection of various Sutcliffe and other clockwork model boats went for 420.

This collection of various Sutcliffe and other clockwork model boats went for 420. - Credit: Archant


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A suite of modern Waterford crystal black glassware comprising a pair of slender-stemmed tall candlesticks, pair of decorative champagne glasses and a ship's decanter, all decorated with clear hobnail cut panels, which sold for £130.

A mahogany violin dating from 1780, bearing the label 'Laurentius Storini Fecit Cremone', together with fitted case, which sold for £1,600.

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A mahogany chest of four full-width drawers, on bracket feet, which sold for £620.

A Troika wheel lamp base decorated in geometric patterns, with a Troika mark to the base, which sold for £140.

A mahogany violin dating from 1780, which sold for 1,600.

A mahogany violin dating from 1780, which sold for 1,600. - Credit: Archant

A collection of various Sutcliffe and other clockwork model boats, which sold for £420.

A 19th-century fruitwood small spinning wheel and attachments, with turned supports on a splayed base and a cast wheel, which sold for £200.

A watercolour by 20th-century British artist Elizabeth Gray entitled 'Barnacle Geese', which sold for £880.

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