Roaring success for Mallams’ first sale of 2024


It was a fantastic start to the new year at Mallams with a successful Country House Sale, taking place at the Cheltenham saleroom on the 10th of January and generating over £100,000 in sales, thus achieving more than double the pre-sale lower estimate.


The top performer of the sale was lot 98, a large carved stone lion’s head, from the estate of a deceased collector and reputedly “verified by the British Museum as a Renaissance example from a wine jar or sarcophagus.” Estimated at £400-£600, the Italian piece was subject to a lot of interest in the run-up to the sale. On the day, with all telephone lines full, the lot sold for £4,800 to an overseas telephone bidder.


Various militaria lots featured in the sale, including lot 280, a collection of WWII German military badges, estimated at £60 to £80, consistent with the tremendous amount of interest in the lot in the run-up to the sale, sold for a hammer price of £3,600 to an online UK bidder.


Various mirrors decorated the Cheltenham saleroom, including lot 8, a 135cm high x 56cm wide parcel-gilt mirror in the manner of John Belchier (1699-1753), this also performed well, with an estimate of £400 to £600, and with all telephone lines full, eventually selling for £2,400 to a UK telephone bidder.


Along with a series of other decorative items was lot 14, an 18th Century Coromandel lacquered cabinet on stand in the Chinese taste, estimated at £800 to £1,200, sold for £2,000 to a UK telephone bidder.


Lot 138, two oil panels depicting town scenes by Dutch artist Johannes Franciscus Spohler (1853-1894), with provenance of The Parker Gallery, London, also received an astounding amount of attention in the lead-up to the sale. Estimated at £600 to £800 and with all telephone lines full, the lot finally sold to a UK telephone bidder for £2,000.


Mallams cataloguer Kitty Jones comments: “We had some really interesting lots that I enjoyed cataloguing for this sale, particularly lot 138 as a result of the process of discovering the authorship of the paintings and later seeing the attention the lot received.”


The Cheltenham office is now accepting entries for the 21st of February Country House Sale (closing date 2nd February). If you have items that you are considering selling at auction, please email or call 01242 235 712.


All prices above are subject to a 30% buyer’s premium (VAT inclusive).

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