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 on sale day. 



A Fine pair of French inlaid walnut side tables, with pierced brass galleries. Although early 20th Century not 18th Century in date, these tables are still of fine quality.  Also, they're a pair, which bidders are attracted to and will pay a premium for.

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. It's signed and has an inscription on the back. The vendor brought it to us after he saw another by the same 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. Fine carving with the love and patina of a dozen 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 with the capacity to surprise, period Chinese blue and white decorated vases with good provenance, have never been more sought after. Signed pieces are highly prized; the quality of the decoration is important; and what's more, 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, does this lot still attract the Modern Eye?  Please bear in mind that KPM specialised in painting on ceramics and their artists were the best in the world, working in intricate detail. 

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



Norman Cornish, 'Berriman's Chip Van, Thomas Street, Spennymoor'  signed, pastel. An artist loved by collectors all over the world but nowhere more than his native North East. His works have risen in value substantially over the recent decades and this continue to do so. Were you that little lad with his father, hoping for a bit more batter on your chips? With the added 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 exposure of other female pottery artists like Clarice Cliff or Susie Cooper, but amongst collectors, she is considerd one of 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 demand for these large dramatic works has cooled in the past decade, our recent auctions have seen some surprising prices for Richardson. At over 150cms wide incuding the frame, you'd need a big wall, but once hung, wow...what a stunner!!!

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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