Many seek to grab snake

16th February 2020

At their Antiques and Collectables sale at the Mendip Auction Rooms on 8th February, Killens experienced a real buzz in the room with a huge level of interest for all of the 700 lots on offer with an additional 500 bidders following the sale online.

Another excellent entry of jewellery attracted strong interest with a range of rings, bracelets and necklaces selling to advantage. A gold bracelet in the design of a snake generated strong interest and sold for £1,450 after keen bidding. There were some excellent pictures entered and refreshingly strong interest for pictures such as an oil on panel in the style of Henry Scott Tuke of a gardener that sold for £550 and a large 20th century Continental School oil on canvas of an extensive landscape making £500.

There was an excellent and extensive entry of Moorcroft ceramics and many bidders were drawn to the saleroom for these with a ‘Florian Ware’ baluster vase topping the prices achieved at £380. Other quality ceramics were also wanted with a 19th century English dessert service selling for £480, a Royal Worcester two handled vase and cover £460 and three Sevres French porcelain cabinet plates £380. Amongst the collectables, an Italian Second World War dagger attracted strong European interest selling for £800 and a Soprano saxophone by Buescher Elkhart £440, well above estimate.

The comment that “quality sells” applied more than ever and there seemed to be firmer interest for furniture. A Victorian mahogany writing table, stamped for T Seddon of New Bond Street, sold for £750, an Edwardian display cabinet by Maple & Co £700 and a Victorian winged high back three seater sofa £520.

The next sale of Antiques and Collectables at the Mendip Auction Rooms will be on Saturday 7th March with sales of Victorian and Later Effects on 3rd, 17th and 31st March. On viewing and sale days, the Lookout Café is open between 10am and 3pm and serves excellent coffees, light lunches and refreshments.

The Mendip Auction Rooms are now open Monday – Friday from 10am until 3pm for valuations or members of the team will be content to visit you at home free of charge. Contact the auction rooms on 01749 840770 or email

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10am - 5pm
Valuation Days
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