Silver Shines in 800-Lot Auction...
The first session of our autumn Fine Art week saw 800 lots of silver and vertu go under the hammer with strong results right across the day.
A 17th Century spoon, made by Jasper Radliffe in Exeter in c.1628, took £2300 and a small Charles I sweetmeat dish from 1631 showed the strength of interest in early pieces such as this when it made £2250. There was a complete contrast shown in a modern centre piece modelled as a swan, made in 1975, that made £2860 and similar elegant restraint was shown in a Danish water pitcher by Georg Jensen from 1925-1932. This made £2190. A more ornamental vessel with a similar purpose was an Irish flagon from the mid-18th Century. Made by Thomas Dublin, it weighed a mighty 39oz and soared above expectations to take £8780.
In the vertu section, a Chinese ivory fan breezed to £1340; an interesting collection of seals took £3780 and two exquisite but small vinaigrettes took the highest prices: a George III commemorative Trafalgar example depicting Nelson and bearing the immortal legend `England Expects Every Man Will do His Duty` dated from the year 1805 and made £2190 (image 718) and another by Nathaniel Mills from 1843 depicted Christchurch College Oxford and was bid to £5360. The day’s total comfortably exceeded £240,000 with little unsold.
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