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Hannam’s Auctioneers finished 2016 with their two day December sale with a flourish by revealing a very rare early 20th century Italian violin by Giuseppe Pedrazzini. The signed violin, along with the case and bow, was discovered during a routine local house clearance and was instantly a star attraction as soon as the auction room placed the item on the internet before the sale on the 8th December. Within a matter of days five telephones were booked from bidder from across Europe, all wanting to own this wonderful entry. But it was an internet bidder than outbid them all, with the violin selling to a private collector for £19,000.

Harry Hannam, senior valuer and auctioneer commented after the sale, “what an exciting item to have in our final auction of the year. Pedrazzini was tutored by the famous violin making family Antoniazzi, of Milan, so the reputation and quality of the piece was clearly strong for the multiple bidders we had registered. For an item of this rarity and excellence to turn up from a local house clearance, shows that there are still fantastic antiques hidden away in this country”.

Another item that caught the attention of multiple bidders was a superb mid-19th century French ormolu giant grand sonnerie carriage clock of very large proportions. Retailed by Klaftenbeger the piece had exceptional quality and stood an impressive 9.75 inches high, selling abroad for £6,500.

As always there was a lot within the sale that took everyone by surprise, and this came in the form of a collection of nineteen vintage Chinese reference books and catalogues, valued at £100. It turned out that the books actually documented a rare collection of Chinese drawings and two bidders in the room battled it out until it eventually sold for £3,000.
It was proven that it is not just the European and Oriental works of art that dominate the sales as an unusual Indian carved mother of pearl circular plate, consigned local, was sold for £3,800 on the first day of the auction. Along with this, a lovely Russian silver figure of a male upon a sledge by Ivan Vonifatiyevich Yevsyigneyev also caught the attention from numerous bidders, selling for £2,200.

And, of course, the Oriental department had multiple good results in all areas. a lovely large 17th/18th century Chinese blanc de chine figure of Guanyin sold for £4,400 to an internet buyer. A fine early 20th century Japanese Meiji period cloisonné enamel vase & cover in the manner of Namikawa Yasuyuki, consigned locally, attracted a lot of interest, selling for £3,000.

Hannam’s auctioneers invite the public to consign items for their forthcoming fine art antique sale on 23rd & 24th February. With great results in silver, clocks, porcelain, oriental art and jewellery, they offer valuations on any of your items. Hannam’s also offer free valuation consultations at their saleroom, in Selborne every Monday from 10am and also house visits to the public if needed. For more information please contact the office on 01420 511788 or at sales@hannamsauctioneers.com.


Lot 220E £19,000

Lot 619 £6,500

Lot 525 £2,200

Lot 325 £3,800

Lot 1353 £3,000

Lot 1428 £3,000

Lot 1380 £4,400

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