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February 19th & 20th Antiques Auction:

SOLD FOR £52,000

Lot 173. A truly exceptional Egyptian Bronze 'unearthed' amongst the possessions from a local deceased estate. We were delighted and surprised to find this 26th Dynasty (700-500) bronze bust of a cat, complete with it's original gold earrings in a local cottage. However, once we discovered that it had originally been owned by a one-time managing director of Spink & Son, one of London's oldest and greatest art dealing institutions, who had retired to Cornwall, it's presence here made much more sense. In excellent condition, authenticated by the British Museum, who were genuinely delighted to see such a 'perfectly proportioned' piece, we expect a lot of interest in this wonderful find.

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Also lot 859 - A rare Ewenny Jug Sold for £6,000


Tomorrow: Jewellery, Silver & Plate, Furniture.

In our 350+ lot jewellery section we have one of the most beguiling diamond solitaires that we have ever sold.

Lot 2646, 2.11 carats of near flawless, colourless perfection, it truly is a ring to fall in love with.



Recently, in our December 4th & 5th Antiques Sale,

Exceptional results in the Oriental section...

A set of six Chinese horseshoe backed chairs... sold for £7800

This handpainted Chinese tile was one of a collection of 15. All of the group wildly exceeded their estimates and averaged about £1000 per tile. Many went to online Chinese buyers. This particular example sold for £3,200.


In our 500 lot Jewellery & Silver section...


We had some particularly fine and unusal pieces in this sale. On the right is a large Victorian diamond and ruby brooch in the form of a wasp. Sold for £4300. The tiny 18ct gold viniagrette box on the left was an epecially lovely, early piece dated 1798 and came from a good collection of boxes. Sold for £750.



Recently, in our 6th November Fine Art Sale...  

One of the most exciting features of our November Art Sale was an extraordinary collection of World War II propaganda posters. It was a huge collection which generated a great deal of media interested. The rarest item, Abram Games' controvertial "Blonde Bombshell" pictured above caused frenzied bidding and sold for an amazing £1200.

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In our 4th & 5th December Antiques Auction

We have some very exciting items and our December 4th Oriental sale promises to be the best yet. We are the only Cornish sale room with a specialist Oriental cataloguer. Douglas Wright has worked with David Lay for over twenty years. A consultant for Christies and a man described by Sidney.L.Moss Ltd (one of the most respected and long established Asian art dealers in the world) as ‘legendary’.
Douglas has recently been holding specialist Oriental valuation sessions at the saleroom and cataloguing some of the intriging items in the Oriental section of the December Antiques Sale.


From our July 31st Fine Art Sale:

Lot 206 The Moroccan Bride by Alethea Garstin. Sold for £8000.

Read more about this beautiful painting in our BLOG

Lot 510 Oil sketch for 'On Paul Hill' by Stanhope Forbes. Sold for £8000.

Also in this sale...


Lot 85 & 86. Two works by Archibald Thorburn. These paintings were part of a consignment we received from Australia. A family from North Cornwall were so impressed with our service that when their Australian relations had silver & art to sell, they shipped the items to us in Cornwall rather than use an Antipodean auctioneers. Sold for £9500 & £2000


Recently in our July 10th & 11th Antiques Auction.

Despite their diminutive size four Royal Doulton stoneware figures made large sums. Two were of cheerful, salt-glazed ‘Merry Musicians’, but the most interesting of the four was a model of Henry VIII by George Tinworth, the most accomplished and thus the most collectable of Royal Doulton’s designers. Each figure measured only 10cm high, but the four combined went on to fetch over £6,000.


Recently in our April 3rd Fine Art Sale:

Lot 95. Vilmos Aba-Novak( Hungarian1894-1941)

Not a household name, but in Hungary he is big. This picture was delivered to our household sale with some old beds. The owners had no knowledge of its considerable value. We spotted it, gave it international publicity and sold it for £13,000.

To hear more about the exciting sale of this unusual discovery and the buzz of the auction room, log onto our blog


Lot 509. A wonderful archive of letters and Christmas cards sent by Dame Laura Knight to Charles & Ella Naper of Lamorna. Also lot 510, six letters from Harold Knight to Ella Naper. Spanning nearly 50 years of friendship, these wonderful letters, many of which are illustrated, give a fantastic insight into the lives of these extraordinary characters. Sold for £4,000



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Saturday 14th Feb, 9am - 1pm.

Wednesday 18th Feb, 9am - 7pm.






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From the Pendarves Archive Auction Part II This beautiful sketch book by Luttrell Wynne soared from the opening bid of £2,000 to finally sell for a staggering £23,000 in our June auction of papers & manuscripts from the Pendarves Estate of Camborne.


Ram Kumar 'The City'

This wonderful, major work from one of India's most celebrated artists was brought in to David Lay's by a Devon dealer. Painted in the 1950's, it had lain undiscovered in Devon for many years. After a well publicised viewing at a specialist London dealers during Asian Art Week, it was auctioned in our 2010 July Art Sale. Hectic bidding on 14 telephone lines saw the painting finally sell for a staggering £170,000.


This altar piece, in the form of a Tibetan Stupa sold for an incredible £25,000 in our 2011 December Antiques Sale.

It was sold on behalf of a mid-Cornwall vendor and was being used as part of a table lamp! Clearly damaged and incomplete, an estimate was given of £400 - 600.

With frantic bidding online and on the telephones, the piece eventually sold to a specialist, London based dealer.