UK: TRADITIONAL silver may be a dull market, but make the metal decorative, like the pair of London, 1860 candelabra offered at Peter Wilson auctioneers in Nantwich, Cheshire, and it will shine.
The 221/2in (57cm) high pair, weighing 152oz, were cast with
grapevine branches supported by male and female mythological
figures standing on fluted outswept bases etched with armorial and
shell motifs, They were secured by a North of England trader at
The candelabra were from a private local source but making a
£42,000 contribution to the £187,000 total was a house clearance
from a deceased estate across the border in Shropshire which
pleased Nantwich specialist Robert Stones and the buyers who are
always drawn to sales with fresh good-quality material.
Among some notable entries was a Dutch oak and marquetry inlaid
bureau. Dating from the first half of the 18th century and with an
ogee shaped fall front, it brought a £4500.
More of a surprise was the 19th century Japanese bronze monkey
group with seal to the underside mounted on a wooden plinth.
Underbid by the trade, the group went at £3100, which seemed more
of a retail price and begged the question of whether it was by a
From the same collection, an early 20th century Royal Doulton milk
bucket with unusual polychrome decoration attracted ten bids on the
book and four phone bidders before it sold to a dealer on behalf of
a collector at £2400.
Specialist Robert Stones said: "Two local ladies fought it out
like their lives depended on it" for a privately consigned estate
built dolls' house.
Dated c.1900, the real attraction of the 5ft 11in by 4ft 3in (1.8m
x 1.29m) pine and hardboard house was the high- quality of its
furnishings - such as a tortoisehell veneered table - and it took
Peter Wilson, Nantwich,
Buyer's premium: 15 per cent
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