Strong Results From Ewbank's Three-Day Spring Sale

Clocks And Antique Furniture Among The Highlight Lots

Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, saw fantastic results at its first three-day sale of the year, with a final total hammer price of almost £500,000 across the whole event.
 
The third day, which saw clocks and antique furniture lots going under the hammer, was well-attended by buyers in the room, as well as those online and on the phone from all over the UK and overseas.
 
Chris Ewbank, senior partner and auctioneer, said: “The third day, clocks and furniture auctions, was a really strong day of sales for us, with 90 per cent of all lots sold, raising a final price of more than £100,000, beating the predicted estimates by around one-third.
 
“Clock sales were particularly strong with the sales on some rare and fine quality pieces, and there were also lots of bidders and some strong prices seen on brown furniture! Fingers crossed this section of the furniture market has finally turned a corner."
 
One of the most hotly sought-after lots, a rare mid-17th century English brass lantern clock, saw a battle of three phone bidders, going against multiple bidders online and in the room. It had a final price of £16,510, against a conservative estimate of between £5,000 and £6,000.
 
The maker, William Selwood was a renowned clockmaker, who was born in Abingdon in Berkshire in 1607, and is recorded as a Free Brother in the Clockmakers' Company in 1633 until his death in 1653. He trained under Henry Stevens from 1624 to 1632, and worked at the Mermaid in Lothbury.
 
The clock was sold with letters relating to its restoration and various original parts which have been replaced but retained. It has been in one family’s ownership for more than 40 years.
 
Another highlight from the clocks sale, was a fine 19th century French mahogany, weight-driven, long duration, long-case regulator, by Jean-Aimé Jacob, which had a final price of £9,398, against a pre-sale guide of between £3,000 and £5,000.
 
It had a silvered dial with Roman numerals, blued hands and center seconds, the case inset with a barometer and two thermometers. Jacob (1793 – 1871) was highly regarded as a clock-maker, winning prizes in various expositions, and in 1859 he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour.
 
An 18th century English walnut long-case clock by Francis Reynolds, Kensington, sold for £2,794. It had a 12-inch arched brass dial with silvered chapter rings, cast brass spandrels and blue steel hand. It had purchased by the seller from the Clock Shop, Weybridge in early 2000.
 
Other lots of note included an early 19th century ebonised three train fusee bracket clock, which sold for £2,540, against a guide of between £2,000 and £3,000; and a limited edition Gerrard Silver Jubilee Clock which had a final price of £1,969, against an estimate of between £800 and £1,200.
 
Its three train movement was inscribed ‘Specially Commissioned by Garrards The Crown Jewellers from F.W. Elliot Ltd, 141/250’ and the 7" solid-silver arched dial bearing the sterling silver special 1977 Silver Jubilee hallmarks.
 
It was sold with a framed certificate signed by the managing director of Garrards stating that it was no. 141 of an edition limited to 250; also sold with the clock is an original purchase receipt.
 
Turning to furniture competition was fierce between three bidders on the phone, all based in Malta, for a 19th century Maltese walnut serpentine commode. It had a final hammer price of £6,985. It had three long drawers, and stood on short cabriole legs, with crossbanded and parquetry inlaid decoration.
 
The team at Ewbank’s was pleased to see renewed interest in “good honest brown furniture” at the sale. A good example of this was a George III serpentine mahogany chest of four long graduated drawers, which sold for £3,048, against an estimate of between £1,000 and £1,500.
 
A 19th century French Boulle folding card table had a final price of £1,905. It had a serpentine front with gilt metal mounts on cabriole legs.

Ewbank’s is currently accepting consignments for their next Fine Sale in June, as well as for forthcoming April Decorative Arts and Contemporary Art sales, May Garden Furniture, Wines and Spirits, and Toys and Models auctions.

The team at Ewbank’s is available for free valuations from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford.
 
•      Ewbank’s: 01483 223101 or email valuations@ewbankauctions.co.uk
•      Live internet bidding through www.theauctionroom.com and www.ewbankauctions.co.uk.