Eclectic mix keeps auction-goers on their toes
Bennicks, NEAR NEWQUAY
TG Green, probably best known as makers of Cornish Ware Pottery, was founded in 1864 by Thomas Goodman Green when he purchased a pottery at Church Gresley in Derbyshire.
Items from this pottery appear in Bennicks Auction on Monday at its sale room – Unit 10, Goonhoskyn Farm, Summercourt, near Newquay.
Initially producing earthenware kitchen wares, the popular Cornish item was created mainly because of economic hardship and a recession in the early 1920s.
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The Cornish ware proved hugely successful and long lived, with the Green family selling the business in 1964.
At Bennicks Sale on Monday is a selection of blue-spotted Domino TG Green items, 20 pieces in total, which should draw bids of £60-£80.
Other items in the auction include The Swing – a comic resin golfer figure, which stands approximately 28ins tall, and has a guide of £50-£70.
A cast iron London & South Western Railway Boundary post, which could well be from the 1920s, will attract bids of £60-£100.
Art Deco and Retro items are normally well represented at Bennicks Sales, and Monday sees an Art Deco table approximately 5ft by 3ft with legs resembling bookends. The table, with eight upholstered seat chairs, should secure bids of £150-£250.
Also looking very stylish is the pair of upholstered Victorian tub style chairs, with a guide of £80-£120.
Ben Slater, who runs Bennicks with partner Sharon Underwood, says items can be put out two weeks running. "It may have the right price but the wrong person. In a two week period we sell about 1,000 lots, and ask people to take back, at most, 30 items.
"We take in for three days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is amazing what you find – we never know what is coming through the door.
"It keeps the interest for us and the buyers. They are kept on their toes because they don't want to miss anything," says Ben.
Contact details: 07866 128167 or via website www.bennicksauctions.co.uk Sales are weekly on Mondays at mid-day. Viewing Sundays 12pm-4pm.