I unexpectedly went to an auction Thursday. I had received the catalogue and glanced at what was on offer, so when pal David texted to say he was going, I decided to go to.
The lots that I was interested in were at the end of the auction – starting at number 414. The auctioneer can do about 100 items an hour, so with a 5:00 start, that meant my items wouldn’t even come up until 9:00. Luckily, he was a bit quicker, and after we zipped out to grab a bite for dinner, we got back at around number 360.
Just for practice, and to see if the auctioneer was paying attention to me, I bid on a lot. When it only went for $5.00 more than I bid, he chided me to keep on going. After several no’s from me, he moved on.
There are some fun pieces in this set, like the tureen above, which I just found on-line for more than $1,000!
The piece on the left is from Thomas Goode in London, which still exists. All of the china desperately needs a good scrub, so when I am doing that, I will make note of the marks.
I took a short video of the auctioneer with his distinctive sing-song auction cadence. Click here.