Unique Whitby treasures sell for £80,000

Richardson & Smith Auction House have major local family sale. Included are many Art works by the Weatherills but the highlight has to be an original volume of Captain Cook's Voyages.
Richardson & Smith Auction House have major local family sale. Included are many Art works by the Weatherills but the highlight has to be an original volume of Captain Cook's Voyages.

A haul of Weatherill paintings, stamps, an 18th century chronicle of Captain Cook’s Voyages and ivory and silver artefacts made in the region of £80,000 in a rare sale at Whitby’s auction house.

Auctioneers Richardson and Smith held two sales for the items that had come from a local vendor due to the volume and variety of lots which totalled around 600.

Individual paintings by George Weatherill (1810-1890) fetched as much as £3,000 and more including ‘Angel Harbour’ which went under the hammer at the West Cliff saleroom for £3,500.

Pieces by his daughter, Mary Weatherill (1834-1913), also captured the interest of bidders.

East Side went for £3,100 and a view of Robin Hood’s Bay for £1,100.

A series of etchings by prolific English painter of maritime themes William Lionel Wylie also proved a success.

In the main these pieces went for between £80 and £300 but one sold for £480.

A second sale was held earlier this month which featured stamps acquired by the vendor over a period of years.

They were all in relation to the 20th century British Empire and Colonies. Their rarity and good condition added to their value with a group of four stamps going to the highest bidder for £500.

An ivory snuff box with a semi-precious stone was sold for £2,000 while the book on Cook’s voyages which is complete and dates back to 1793 went for £3,000.

Auctioneer and fine art expert Robert Smith told the Gazette: “There was a lot of interest and I am pleased to say it did stay local. It was singularly the most important item.”

The auction over the two sessions raised in the region of £80,000 with many more of the items being sold to local bidders. As well as those in the room, bids were coming via third parties, phone bids and portals.

Mr Smith added: “It was well received and away from the normal run of things. There was a good vibe across the two sales and it was like a proper auction should be.

“It is what I am trained in and when I was working in London it was the norm.

“With the way the market has gone we do wear lots of different hats for our business but I have never lost the love for the history of art so it was a real pleasure to work on it.

“Despite lots and lots of competition – the wares were competed for from further afield, such as Spain and London – a lot has remained local which is really quite nice.”

The vendor lived in Aislaby for many years and had long-standing Whitby connections. He knew the Weatherill family and had connections to the shipping industry.