Valuations Quiz

We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to our salerooms again, when it is deemed safe to do so. 

Our forthcoming Fine Antiques & Interiors Auction comprises the principal contents of several Northumberland and Durham Country Houses. The catalogue will be ready to go to the printers as soon as we’re back. 

Here’s a sneak preview of selected items included in that auction (see below)

But can you guess the estimates? 

We’ve given you the descriptions, an image and some additional information. To help, you can also use our sold lot search facility, with the magnifying glass at the top right hand corner of your screen . We'll let you know the estimates in the next e-alert. Good luck!

Keep an eye on the auction to find out what they fetch come sale day. 



A Fine pair of French inlaid walnut side tables, with pierced brass galleries. Although early 20th Century in date these tables are of fine quality and their being a pair makes them far more commercial than their single counterparts.

Are they worth a) £200-300 b) £500-800 c) £1000-1500 or d) £5000-8000



Sir William MacTaggart, PRSA, RSW - oil painting on canvas, signed and has an inscription on the back. The client selling this piece brought it into us after he saw another by this artist featured on our website.

Is it worth a) £200-500 b) £2000-4000 c) £4000-6000 or d) £7000-9000



A George III rosewood and boxwood strung lowboy, the moulded top with re-entrant corners and quarter-strung top above an arrangement of two short drawers above one long drawer raised on cabriole legs with acanthus carved feet. With finely carved legs and the patina of hundreds of years of having been loved by generations...

is it worth a) £80-120 b) £150-250 c) £300-400 or d) £400-600




A pair of late 19th Century Chinese rouleau vases, each decorated in underglaze-blue with dragons, clouds and flaming pearls above waves, four character Kangxi marks in underglaz-blue, 30.5cms high. Always offering up surprises Chinese blue and white decorated vases have been in vouge for the past decade. Works with period marks are most desired but it's the quality of the painting which catches the eye. Remember they are a pair.

But is it worth a) £200-300 b £)300-500 c) £800-1200 or d) £2000-5000



A Late 19th Century KPM Berlin plaque painted after Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911) with 'Christ in the temple', depicting the young Christ with five elders in a temple interior. With the world not quite as religious as it once was will this lot still catch the Modern Eye? Painting on ceramics is something KPM specialised in and their artists were the best in the world and could go into finite detail with their medium.

Is is worth a) £80-120 b) £200-300 c) £400-600 or d) £700-1000



Norman Stansfield Cornish, Berriman's Chip Van, Thomas Street, Spennymoor, signed, pastel. An artist loved all over the world but nowhere more than his home in the North East. His works have only risen in value over the past decades and this hasn't changed. Where you that little lad with his father hoping for a bit more batter on your chips? With the nostalgia factor...

Is it worth a) £3000-5000 b) £6000-9000 c) £10,000-14,000 or d) £15,000-20,000



Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945) for Wedgwood, Red Firbolgs III, a fairyland lustre porcelain 'Antique centre' bowl, baring that famous Z pre-fix on the base with the pattern number Z5275. Makeig-Jones may not have had the exposer of some of the other female pottery artists like Clarice Cliff or Susie Cooper, but amongst collectors she is right up there with the best.

Is this bowl worth a) £80-120 b) £150-250 c) £250-300 or d) £400-600



Thomas Miles Richardson, jnr., RWS, "Glen Nevis, Invernesshire", signed and indistinctly dated 1856. Although the market has shunned these large dramatic works in the past decade, our last few auctions have found some surprising prices for Richardson. at 130cms wide for the image alone, you would need a big wall for this frame but once it's on there, what a picture.

But is it worth a) £2000-3000 b) £4000-6000 c) £7000-10,000 or d) £10,000-13,000


Remember, whilst the saleroom is closed, our staff continue to work remotely and from the office, if you have any enquiries regarding future sales, consignments or would like a valuation please contact us be email at or call us on 0191 430 3000 if you wish to speak to a team member. 


Answers to last weeks quiz:

1-John F Slater, 2- Eric Ravilious 3- Norman Cornish 4-Alexander Millar 5-L.S Lowry 6-Susie Cooper

7-Peter Collingwood 8-Ralph Hedley




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