Chinese Panels Sell for £500,000 at Charterhouse

A set of four Chinese panels sold for £500,000 in Charterhouse February auction in Sherborne. “The Chinese panels were sold on Friday 14th February, a year to the day after we sold a magnificent Italian pottery charger for £565,000, and I thought at one point we were going to break the in house record for the most expensive lot we have sold! ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Initial reaction to the panels before the auction was relaxed, and on the morning of the auction I thought they might sell for about £20,000. However, when the lot was under way, selling it was hugely exciting as bidding increments were going up in £20,000 jumps! People were bidding in the saleroom, live through the internet and on the telephone, with the hammer falling to a Chinese bidder on the telephone. “The panels came from a chalet bungalow in Dorset. The family were sorting through items surplus to their needs after their father moved. Two of the panels were hung on the wall, while the other two panels were stored under a bed.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming spring auctions including dolls, medals, militaria, coins, stamps & other collector’s items in March, followed by classic cars and motorcycles in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comAnna Williams, Charterhouse staff member, with two of the four Chinese panels sold for £500,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Collectors Flock to Charterhouse Auction

The two day Charterhouse December auction of collectors’ items has some real gems amongst its lots. “The collectors market is particularly buoyant at present, especially in the coins, stamps and medal sections. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “I have had a lifelong interest in these specialist collecting fields although it is such a wide collecting field that you can never know it all! “Highlights already entered into this specialist auction, is a fine collection of stamps being the property of a Gentleman from London. With high value single stamps such as a George V £1 Seahorse stamp estimated at £400-600, a Queen Victoria brown £1 stamp £250-350 with its matching green £1 stamp £200-300 and several iconic penny blacks from £100 there is plenty of choice for collectors.In the coin section, there is a large collection of early English hammered coins from the 16th and 17th centuries from a Bournemouth client. For the modern coin collector there are two gold £5 coins estimated at £800-1200 each and for the banknote collector there are two consecutive white £100 banknotes from 1935 for £1000-1500.However, one of the star lots of the medals is a First World War Distinguished Service Order (DSO) medal group. Having been bought at a car boot sale for just a few pounds, this bargain hunter will be rewarded when the medals go under the hammer estimated at £800-1200!Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, model toys and collectors items on 13th and 14th December followed by an auction of pictures, prints and books in January and then classic cars in February.To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comSome of the collectors items being sold by Charterhouse in their December 13/14th auctionThe WWI DSO medal group £800-1200The George V £1 Seahorse stamp £400-600A modern gold £5 coin £800-1200One of the two 1935 £100 banknotes £1000-1500Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Classic Country House Contents at Charterhouse

Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne have been instructed to sell the entire contents of a colonial style country house. “Rarely do such wonderful contents come on the auction market. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Included in the auction are not only the contents of the formal drawing rooms, but also that of the staff quarters. I suppose it is just a shame that it is the contents of a dolls house rather than that a full size country house! “This doll’s house furniture was manufactured by Tynietoys, an American company. It was founded in 1920 by two entrepreneurial women, Marion Perkins and Amey Vernon who sold their popular range of dolls houses and accessories through department stores such as Marshall Field. Although produced on a commercial basis, the painted furniture is particularly sought after as this hand painted decoration was subcontracted to students of the Rhode Island School of Design.Originally owned by a family relation, the Tynietoys dolls colonial mansion house was given away to a convent many years ago. However, the contents were all packed up in two cardboard boxes in 1945, where they have stayed ever since until Charterhouse was asked to the Somerset house to value several items for auction.Now going under the Charterhouse hammer in their two day collector’s auction on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March, this dolls house collection is estimated at £300-500.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming Spring auctions including dolls, medals, militaria, coins, stamps & other collectors items in March, followed by classic cars and motorcycles in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comRichard Bromell with a Tynietoys wing armchair, painted by a student at The Rhode Island School of Design.Also included with the furniture is an original sale brochure showing a Colonial Mansion House with it furniture in room settingsVarious images of the Tynietoys furniture being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne £300-500Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Mighty Mini’s at Charterhouse

The Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 10th February includes a handful of Mini’s. “The Mini has to be one of the most instantly recognisable motor cars ever made. Its revolutionary design by Sir Alec Issigonis led the car which was to become a motoring icon when it was first produced in 1959. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Mini’s have always been popular at auction, no doubt aided by a great supply of spares, an active club scene, their versatility and that they are just fabulous fun! “The earliest of the Mini’s entered into the Charterhouse auction, which has nearly 50 classic cars and motorcycles, dates to 1962. This 850cc car has been in the same family ownership for 25 years and represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire an early low mileage Mini with good history at £8,000-9,000. At the other end of the scale, there is a rather special Mini. Having left the factory in 1970, it has now turned into a competitive sprint or hill climb car. Being highly modified, it is offered for sale £15,000-17,000, much lower than its build and development cost.However, if you are looking for a Mini on a smaller budget, then the 1971 car, which has been a local car covering an average of just 1,200 miles a year, could be your for £3,300-3,600. But for those of you looking for an interesting project, then a fully restored 1965 Mini Cooper S shell could be bought for £8,000-9,000. With fully completed Cooper S cars selling for over double the estimate, this represents a great opportunity for the lucky buyer.Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, is on Saturday 9th February 9.30am-4pm, and on the auction day, Sunday 10th, also from 9.30. However, for those not able to attend, Charterhouse also offer a live internet bidding service which is proving increasingly popular, just give them a call 01935 812277 or email them on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is still accepting late entries for this and for their next classic car and motorcycle auction For further information, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director, at Charterhouse in Sherborne 01935 812277 or go to their web site where you can see full details about the sale, all the cars and motorcycles.Mighty Mini’s at going under the Charterhouse HammerA 1962 Mini 850, family owned for 25 years £8,000-9,000A highly modified 1970 Mini sprint/hill climb car £15,000-17,000A 1971 Mini, having been a West Country car all its life having covered a believed 51,000 miles from new £3,300-3,600A 1965 rare Mini Cooper S rolling shell with running gear, needing finishing £8,000-9,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Classic Cars at Charterhouse

The Charterhouse February classic car auction at The Royal Bath & West Showground was another great success with over £200,000 worth of vehicles sold. “The classic car and motorcycle market continues to be very buoyant with vehicles selling above estimate. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With interest rates remaining low in savings accounts, many of our clients would much rather put the money into a classic which they can now enjoy, take to shows, or pop down to the pub on a Sunday. Put simply, you get plenty of smiles for miles with classics! “A 1925 Riley 12hp four seater sports tourer was the star car at the auction. Sold for a client in Poole, it went to a car collector near Bridport for £36,000 after a bidding war against a specialist car museum in Devon. Elsewhere in the auction, a one family owned 1958 MG Magnette, which had been stored for many years in a barn that had become overgrown with brambles sold very well. Needing total restoration, it was pulled out of hiding and sold for £3,500. With Summer due sometime later this year, a 1961 Morris Minor convertible, adapted from a saloon, also sold well to a Norfolk bidder at £9,000, a 1923 Maxwell tourer, being sold for a client in Surrey, sold for £8,700, a 1962 Morris Mini-Minor which had only had one lady owner from new, sold for its Kent owner at £7,600.However, perhaps one of the more unusual lots in the Charterhouse auction was a 1983 Leyland Titan double decker bus. Having covered more miles than you will ever have hot dinners, it sold for a client in Cyprus bidding live on the internet, for £4,000.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming Spring auctions including medals, militaria, coins, stamps & other collectors items on Friday 14th March, followed by classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 6th April and an auction of pictures, prints and books also in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.com1925 Riley 25hp sold for £36,0001958 MG Magnette, as discovered by Charterhouse, sold for £3,6001983 Leyland Titan bus, sold to a buyer in Cyprus for £4,0001961 Morris Minor convertible sold for £9,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director