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Nelson Figurine Expects That Every Bidder Will Do His Duty...

21st October 2019

Lawrences’ huge 2500-lot Autumn Fine Art sale drew to a close on October 11th with a broad selection of clocks, works of art, furniture and carpets on offer.

A gilt brass carriage clock by Hardecastle of London made £1750 and a Victorian ebonised gilt metal bracket clock ticked over its estimate to chime with buyers at £2375. An Anglo-Saxon brooch and a small alloy mount from the same period (6th Century) made £2125 but a small (19cm)  carved ivory figure of Horatio Nelson attracted keen bidders to make £1625.

Three chairs each told a different tale: a West Country hoop back Windsor chair in charming but vernacular taste made £1680; a grander George III mahogany `Gainsborough` style arm chair offered quality and sophistication at £2750; and a pair of Regency rosewood library tub armchairs summed up the elegance of their era at £3750. Two George Smith sofa of grand proportions and covered in a pale linen-coloured upholstery made £7500. An Italian walnut serpentine chest from the 18th Century added Continental flavour to an essentially British selection and took £5750 whilst a Tabriz carpet from North West Persia, 4.7 x 3.3m, garnered competition to the tune of £3250. The firm’s reported total for four days of sales was just over £1.4m.

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