Auctions are booming while rest of industry struggles, say leading property auctioneers

first_imgProperty auctioneers are booming and taking market share off traditional high street property sales, it has been claimed by two leading auctioneers.Tony Limbrick, founder of Network Auctions, says his company has had a record year during 2017 while private treaty sales have dipped to an all-time low as the economic uncertainty created by Brexit and high house prices have kicked in.“We firmly believe our results confirm the confidence people continue to have in the sector,” he says.His comments reflect similar claims recently by James Emson (pictured, left) of auctioneer Clive Emson, who said auctions have been taking market share off high street agents this year.As the year comes to a close, Tony Limbrick says 2017 was his company’s most successful year to date generating sales revenues of £41m compared to £36m last year. Also, the number of property’s sold at its auctions has increased from 79% to 81% by the same measure.Toby, who started up Network Auctions in 2005 after a career as an estate agent with Bairstow Eves, says auctions are doing well despite the “collapse of buy-to-let and uncertainty since Brexit”.“Our record breaking results in such a difficult market are testament to the hard work and positive approach of our auction team,” he says.“We firmly believe our results confirm the confidence people continue to have in the sector [and we] are excited about the rapid growth of Network E, our conditional online sales platform, which is proving a big hit with our estate agent partners.”The final auction of the year by the property auctioneer last week raised £3.4 million and a sales result of 82%, including a house in Bristol which, despite featuring a Japanese knotweed problem, sold for £70,000 more than its guide price of £360,000.Read more about property auctions.Network Auctions private treaty sales property auctions Clive Emson Tony Limbrick December 14, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Auctions are booming while rest of industry struggles, say leading property auctioneers previous nextHousing MarketAuctions are booming while rest of industry struggles, say leading property auctioneersIncreased turnover and final bids way over the guide price are an increasing feature of auctions, while high street continue to shrink, it is claimed.Nigel Lewis14th December 201701,874 Viewslast_img read more

Historian traces history of depictions of Holy Family

first_imgIn this year’s final lecture of the Saturday with the Saints series, organized through the Institute for Church Life (ICL), art historian Dianne Phillips discussed the changing artistic portrayals of the Holy Family throughout Church history.Phillips said artistic depictions of the Holy Family have theological implications, and a certain “theological subtlety and complexity … underlies many of these pictures despite their superficial veneer of simplicity.”Emily McConville | The Observer She said artistic representation of the Holy Family did not emerge until late in the first millennium when the Church began to discuss the theology of the Holy Family.“The imagery of the Holy Family and its development depends on the development of the cult of St. Joseph, and very little attention was paid to him in the early Church because its intellectual energies were focused on refining theological doctrines of the trinity and the incarnation,” Phillips said. “Joseph, since he’s not the biological father of Jesus, is not really relevant to those concerns.”In the first depictions of the Holy Family, she said, artists often portrayed Joseph as old and weak to emphasize that he could not have been Jesus’ biological father.“The reality was that by viewers, medieval no less than modern, he came to be seen as a pathetic figure and even comic,” she said.  “His figure presents a challenge to the representation of the Holy Family.”Phillips said the depiction of Joseph underwent a positive change in 12th century Bologna when Bernard of Clairvaux delivered a series of sermons emphasizing Joseph’s importance in the life of the Holy Family and his close and affectionate relationship with Jesus. She said Josep’s representation in religious art took on a new identity as a just and dignified man.Portrayals of the Holy Family continued to evolve, Phillips said, and during the European Renaissance the “high style of Renaissance art” often prominently displayed the Christ Child’s body.“The Eucharistic meaning is obvious in the display of the body of Christ,” she said.Then in the 17th century, artists again redefined Joseph’s role in the Holy Family, she said.“By the 17th century, there develops a genre of pictures where St. Joseph takes the lead,” she said. “Literally, instead of Madonna and child, it’s St. Joseph and child.”However, Mary continued to be represented in a very positive light, Phillips said. A body of works accompanying the 1854 Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, in which Mary and child had white, luminous skin that indicated their purity and holiness, she said.Phillips said depictions of the Holy Family today are more abstract than previous religious artwork owing to “the impact of the huge stylistic changes in art throughout the 20th century.”Still, she said, there are definite allusions to earlier representations of the Holy Family in present-day artwork. A painting of the Holy Family unveiled in September for next year’s World Meeting of Families mirrors the high art of the Renaissance, Phillips said.She said images of the Holy Family are so dynamic, due to theological and scriptural influences, but the common goal of displaying the Holy Family as a model of virtue unites the vastly different works.“Artists in each period … have tried to create images that would move people to immerse themselves in the loving communion of the Holy Family and desire to emulate that in their own lives,” Phillips said.Tags: Church history, Dianne Phillips, Holy Family, Saturday with the Saintslast_img read more