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Clocks chime with lively mood

23 March 2004Written by ATG Reporter

IT is always in the interest of auctioneers and the trade to talk the market up, but there does seem to be a general consensus among auctioneers that business this year so far has got off to a frisky start.

Clark Gammon Wellers (15% buyer's premium) are one of many with an upbeat outlook and, although there were few blockbuster entries in their 534-lot February 24 sale, they reported a better turnout and take-up than at many of their auctions last year.

The highest price was bid for a good-quality London timepiece – a William IV ormolu mantel clock with fusée movement, signed Payne 163 New Bond Street. Consigned from a Bracknell house clearance, it doubled pre-sale expectations, selling to a local dealer at £2600.

The trade also secured a carriage clock with a silver dial by Elkington & Co., 1901, at £1300. Of military interest, it bore an engraved presentation plaque recognising the patriotic service of Private Alfred Gilchrist in the South African campaign.

The wide-ranging offering also included ceramics, glass, dolls, toys, models and games with a 14 3/4in (37cm) high Gallé cameo vase realising £1000 despite a large chip to the foot, and a boxed set of Pelham puppets, Noddy and Big Ears, conjuring a winning £210.

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