Driffield Auctioneer Owen Nisbet to retire

Owen Nisbet meets Paul Martin from Flog It
Owen Nisbet meets Paul Martin from Flog It

Dee Atkinson and Harrison’s next Antique and Fine Art Auction takes place on Friday 13th September will be a day of mixed emotions as it will be the last sale presided over by Mr Owen Nisbet, who has been an auctioneer and valuer at the Driffield Saleroom for more than 25 years.

Owen is retiring and moving to Norfolk to be closer to relatives and we all wish him a long and happy retirement.

A 46 lot silver section gets the sale underway at 9.45am and includes an early 20th Century Persian enamelled box brought in to a recent valuation day at Cottingham and estimated at £300 to £500.

There are 86 lots of jewellery, watches and gold coins including a 10ct diamond bracelet at £7,000 to £8,000, three diamond rings between £2,000 and £5,000 and other miscellaneous rings, necklaces, pendants, brooches, bracelets, earrings, etc. A 9ct gold charm bracelet is expected to realise £900 - £1,200 and wristwatches by Omega and Tudor Prince £50 to £400.

Miscellaneous items includes old metalware, large selection of wooden boxes including Indian Sindoor, smoking accessories, table lamps, walking canes, wall mirrors, taxidermy, lace bobbins, ivory and jade carvings, Inuit soapstone carvings, Georgian and Victorian samplers and wool work pictures, etc.

Traditional and modern ceramics extends to just under eighty lots and includes a 19th Century Meissen wall mirror, Parian ware, Chinese and Japanese items, Crown Derby paperweights, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Herend, Carlton ware, Moorcroft, etc. Highest estimate of £400 - £500 is for a pair of Art Nouveau table lamps moulded with nymphs.

The glass section contains a collection of over eighty 18th, 19th and 20th Century drinking glasses in various sized lots, an excellent Art Deco seven piece cocktail set, a Lalique Coquilles bowl, Art and Studio glass by Moser, Mdina, etc. Clocks and instruments includes six longcase clocks, a French repeating carriage clock, other mantel clocks, microscope and slides, sextant and ship’s log.

There are over seventy lots of furniture from the 17th Century and later including tables and chairs, chests of drawers, dressers, display cabinets, credenzas, occasional table and chairs, fire screens, extensive Chinese rosewood dining suite, desks and bureaux, coffers and trunk, soft furnishings, etc. The best of seven Windsor chairs is a fine 19th Century child’s yew and elm example estimated at £300 - £400. An Edwardian Maple and Co inlaid display cabinet is expected to sell for £1,000 - £1,500 and the same estimate is given to a Victorian finely painted and shell inlaid ebonised pier cabinet.

Pictures conclude the sale commencing with prints including some early Japanese wood cuts. Watercolours and oils contain local maritime pictures with a pair depicting Humber pilot cutters at £150 - £200, three coastal scenes by E K Redmore, fishing vessels and sailing boat in rough seas by Jack Rigg and a view of Flamborough Cliffs by Walter Goodin estimated at £800 - £1,200. There are four oil paintings of hunting scenes by Kenneth Elwell, sold as two pairs, each expected to sell for £400 - £500.

The auction will be on view Wednesday 11th September 10:00am to 7:00pm and Thursday 12th September 10:00am to 4:00pm with limited viewing on the morning of the sale from 8:30am to the sale starting at 9:45am.