Rare family antiques collection goes under the hammer

| April 23, 2012 | 0 Comments
Priors Auction

MARTEL Maides Auctions has been appointed to conduct the public auction of over 500 lots of fine art, antiques and silver collected by a local family in Five Oaks.

The contents of “Priors”, a property in St Saviours, will be auctioned to the public at the property on Saturday 19 May, the first ‘house contents’ auction in Jersey for many years. The collection was assembled between the 1930’s and 1960’s and is a refined collection of local and international original fine arts and antiques, with many items bought from Christies and Sotheby’s sales in London.

The collection includes a variety of items from rare 17th Century Italian Maiolica plaques to a beautiful Dutch seaweed marquetry clock, circa 1710.

As the longest established specialist fine arts auctioneers within the Channel Islands, Martel Maides Auctions has over 35 years’ experience and has recently been awarded the membership of SOFAA, The Society of Fine Arts and Auctioneers.

Having visited the property to collate the catalogue, director’s Clive Maides and James Bridges who have between them over 55 years’ experience,  are very excited about the pending auction and believe it will draw a great deal of interest both on and off the island.

“The family moved to Jersey from the UK during the late 1950s and brought with them a host of extremely interesting antiques.  From early Dutch and English silver, a superb collection of over sixty Georgian drinking glasses as well as a variety of antique paintings, furniture and sculptures, there is a host of beautiful pieces for the public to view and bid for,” said Mr Bridges.

The collection includes a beautiful bronze statue titled ‘La Pucelle’ by the Serbian sculptor, Toma Rosandic, one of only three known examples, valued between £10,000 and £15,000 as well as two fine paintings by 18th Century Jersey connected marine artist, Peter Monamy.

Mr Maides has headed up the auctioneering team at Martel Maides since the business was formed back in 1972 and conducts the majority of property, general chattels and fine arts auctions in Guernsey.  For this auction he will also be joined by TV personality and auctioneer, Charlie Ross. Mr Ross is a regular on-screen expert for BBC TV’s “Flog It!” and has also appeared on other BBC programmes such as the “Antiques Roadshow”, “Put Your Money Where your Mouth Is”, “The Antiques Road Trip” and, more recently, “Rewind the 60’s” with Lulu.

Having run his own auction house in Woburn for over 25 years, he has conducted a wide variety of auctions ranging from antiques, commercial and residential properties, through to vintage cars and intellectual property as well as helping to raise millions of pounds for numerous charities.

Martel Maides has an extremely established international client base and it is likely that some of the contents of this sale will be bid for on line with the use of a live bidding website.

All the items will be catalogued in a printed brochure as well as online at www.martelmaides.co.uk  at the end of April.  All of the pieces will be available to view at Priors on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; on Friday 18 May from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday 19 May from 9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.  The sale will take place on Saturday 19 May at 10.30 a.m.

The viewing and sale are ‘entry by catalogue only’ – cost £10 per catalogue which enters two people.

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