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Two fine local landscapes by Aspatria artist Sheila Fell were the top selling lots at Mitchells Antiques & Fine Art Sale last week.  “Cows on Brayton Road Aspatria” (Lot 697), which hadn’t been on the market for 20 years, sold for £12,000 and a second painting “Cattle, figure and byre at Hayton” (Lot 817) also sold for £12,000 to the same buyer.   Sheila Fell RA (1931-1979) was famously a protégée of L S Lowry and a signed letter written by him to Sheila’s parents dated 1965 was also sold for £725.   In the letter he writes about a photograph, missing a Sheila Fell exhibition and that fact that he is ageing.  

There were three surprise lots which sold for sums considerably above estimate.  An 18th century lantern clock (Lot 929) estimated at £300-£500 sold for £4,400 and a 19th century Anglo-Indian rosewood, bone and tortoiseshell fitted casket (Lot 973)) with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 sold for £4,100.  An unremarkable case of 19th century studs lotted together with a “cased cameo” and estimated at £50-£80 (Lot 232) turned out to include a valuable intaglio which was carved in 1820 for a Polish collector in Rome and sold for £1,100.

The ceramics section included a fine pair of Chinese export urns from the Qianlong period which reached a hammer price of £1,800.  Highlights amongst the furniture were a George III style oak refectory table sold for £3,600 and a good Regency Cuban mahogany dining table, with four leaves and leaf holder, which made £3,150.  

The sale also featured a very good jewellery section including a diamond solitaire ring of approximately 2.5cts which sold for £3,400. 

Amongst the more unusual lots in the sale were six maritime sailors’ woolworks, each depicting a sailing vessel and with a maple frame, which made between £380 – £750 each.  The rare collection was discovered during a house call to an old forester’s cabin in the New Forest, Hampshire. 

 A fully illustrated catalogue with all the prices realised in the sale can be viewed online at www.mitchellsantiques.co.uk.  Mitchells are now accepting entries for their next Antiques & Fine Art Sale to be held on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th September 2014 with a closing date for entries of Friday 15th August.  Anyone considering selling goods by auction are asked to contact Auctioneer Mark Wise on 01900 827800.

 We are recognised as Cumbria’s leading Antiques & Fine Art saleroom

  • We are the only members of the prestigious “Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers” (SOFAA) in Cumbria
  • We hold world record prices for Cumbrian Artists such as Sheila Fell, Edward H. Thompson and Donald A. Patron
  • We are noted for the exceptional quality of our photographic illustration which is amongst the best in the country
  • We reach the widest possible global market by using the internet to distribute our sales catalogues internationally
  • We have one of the most traditional and atmospheric auction rings in the country
  • We are located on the fringe of the Lake District in the attractive Georgian market town of Cockermouth where Wordsworth was born
  • Our clients tells us we provide excellent customer service and are one of the most friendly, helpful and efficient salerooms in the country :-


“Excellent service is a rarity these days and needs to be acknowledged when provided” S.G. Edginton

“It was a most impressive performance by all concerned and a great tribute to you personally” D. Hall

Mitchells Antiques & Fine Art, 47 Station Road, Cockermouth CA13 9PZ | Telephone: 01900 827800

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