Clevedon Salerooms launched their new series of regular Bristol valuation days with a successful event in Stoke Bishop on Tuesday February 8th. With free parking and easy access business was brisk throughout the day and our Valuers were rewarded with some remarkable discoveries.
Star find of the day was a glass ‘Pulcini’ bird by Italian artist Alessandro Pianon. Dating from the early 1960s, it had spent the last 20 years in a cupboard, almost forgotten, until its owners heard about our valuation day and decided to see if it might have any value. Their curiosity certainly paid off when they discovered that their dickie-bird was in fact a rare piece of Modernist studio glass with a value of £2,000-3,000. Another stunning piece of mid-century Italian design arrived in the form of a large ceramic dish by the celebrated potter Guido Gambone. Decorated with a bold abstract pattern, its owners had not considered it to be of much interest. The reaction of our Valuer to this impressive piece of mid-century studio pottery quickly convinced them otherwise and they were happy to consign it for auction with a pre-sale estimate of £300-500.
Such strong valuations reflect the level of demand for good quality, modern design from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Interest in high-quality decorative art from the 19th century still, however, remains strong. Ticking all the right boxes for quality, craftsmanship and decorative appeal was a mid-Victorian Bohemian flashed ruby glass goblet and cover. Measuring-in at an impressive 48cm high and richly engraved this tour-de-force of glass engraving carries a pre-sale estimate of £800-1,200. Also of note was a diamond cluster ring with a pre-sale estimate of £3500-£4500.
These pieces have all been consigned for our quarterly specialist Fine Art Sale on March 10th, for which entries close on Tuesday 22nd February.
Clevedon Salerooms have three Bristol-based Valuers, and alongside these monthly valuation days we are also pleased to offer free home visits in the city and surrounding area.