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Table Lighter Blazes to £2,500..

15th April 2019

As usual, a wide variety of items comprised Lawrences Decorative Arts and Ceramics auction on April 11th. Bidding was steady throughout, with some eager bids for items of striking design and quality. An Arts & Crafts copper dish by John Pearson was dated 1889 and made £450 but an even more appealing piece of metalware was a bronze otter cub by Laurence Broderick that made £1620. A Dunhill `Aquarium` table lighter, skilfully painted with fish within lucite panels on the sides, was bought for £2500. Sixteen pieces of a Bloor Derby `Named View` dessert service included views from Scotland to Middlesex and made £1000, whilst an 18th Century onion-shaped sealed wine bottle of olive-coloured glass more than doubled expectations to take £680. Two distinctive items in the Oriental section included a pair of Chinese `famille verte` rouleau vases and a Chinese archaistic style bronze vase that was bid to £2250.

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5 stars

“Congratulations on what looked like a very successful sale ! You never mentioned that you did the auctioneering as well ... talk about doing the whole job ... see it into the building, find out what it is, decide if it’s for the Fine Art sale or the General Sale, lot it and describe it accordingly, and then sell it ... that really does count as seeing the job through from start to finish! Whilst the job isn’t over yet, it really is a case of so far, so good ... some items have sold for sums that exceeded our expectations, with one item in particular fetching a truly remarkable sum, so we’re very happy indeed... we’ve noted how accurate the guide prices are ... and how gratifying it is when the bidding goes sailing past the guide ! I found the whole week to be both gripping entertainment and pleasingly rewarding financially. Please accept my sincerest congratulations for a job well done, and we’ll look forward to the October and November Sales with bated breath ...”

Andrew P

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