Fox mask caught by silver hunters for £5000 in 470-lot sale...
Lawrences’ week of Spring sales in Crewkerne started with over 470 lots of silver and vertu and there was enthusiasm for all that was on offer.
A small and rare wine taster from 1665 dated from the reign of Charles II and doubled expectations to make £1460 whilst a finely chased stirrup cup in the form of a fox mask from 1845 also outran its £2500-3000 estimate to make £5000. Two other “drinkers’ lots” proved popular when an 18th Century beer jug, possibly Colonial, brought good cheer at just over £2000 and a Victorian ewer or claret jug made a corking £1220. An impressive suite of four graduated meat dishes from 1831, sold with four plated dish covers to match, soared to £9760.
Later in the sale, a finely decorated French ivory fan found a warm welcome and made £1830 whilst a miniature portrait of Captain Robert Woolf Junior, finely painted by John Smart Junior (the sitter’s own cousin) combined a dashing subject with this unusual link between artist and sitter and made £2190.
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