Tuesday 8th January 2019 - Della Bentham
Hampshire based George Kidner Auctioneers & Valuers will be holding their last ever sale on January 10th as their founder retires.
George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers will hold their last ever sale on January 10th, after 18 years trading.
Named after the founder, George Kidner, the Hampshire based saleroom opened it’s doors back in 1991. Mr Kidner was no stranger to the auction business, having decided against a career in law to follow his heart back in 1977 when he worked for prestigious London based Phillips. From there he went on to have a successful career, working for the infamous Bonhams and Sotheby’s before taking the leap and working for himself.
The final sale takes place on January 10th and the business will close permanently in February once everything has been tied up.
In the decades spanning Mr Kidner’s career, he has seen many changes in the business. The most positive of which is probably the internet and internet bidding, which he says, ‘transformed the sector’.
Fashions and tastes have changed the game immensely though. Antique ‘brown’ furniture which one made up the bulk of auctioneer’s businesses is no longer desirable. Collecting is also on the decline, with fewer and fewer younger people interested in antiques and collectables.
The Hampshire based auctioneers and valuers has certainly made a name for itself since it opened its doors back in 1991 and we are sure their presence will be missed. We hope that George enjoys his retirement, which he plans to spend with his recently new dog splitting his time between Lymington, in Hampshire and Glasgow.
The final sale takes place on Thursday. You can take a look at the catalogue and place LIVE bids here. We have added a selection of interesting lots from the sale below.
|This gorgeous single stone diamond ring has a cushion-shaped old brilliant-cut diamond, weighing approx. 2.90 carats. The estimate for this little beauty is £4,000-£6,000. Take a look here.|
|This beautiful sapphire and diamond pendant necklace has an estimate of £1,000-£1,500. The pendant is comprised of an old brilliant-cut diamond, weighing approx. 0.70 carats, above a sapphire, approximately 7.2 mm in diameter, both in collet settings. Take a look here.|
|This ornate pair of marble and gilt metal table lamps are mounted with rams heads, and floral swags and acanthus stems on square bases. They have an estimate of £1,000-£1,5000. Check them out here.|
|This magnificent Edwardian mahogany, kingwood and marquetry kidney shaped desk is fitted with a central drawer, flanked by four graduated drawers. With an estimate of £600-£900 it's sure to be a hit. Check it out here.|
|This pretty watercolour of the Seven Sisters, which is a mere stones throw away from our offices, has an estimate of £600-£800. Signed by Roland Hilder, you can see the catalogue listing here.|