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Finding the silver linings

01 September 2004Written by ATG Reporter

THESE two superb pieces of Victorian silver proved flagship lots for two south of England salerooms in July.

Offered by Charles Ross (15/10% buyer's premium) in Woburn on July 15 was the imposing Victorian table centrepiece, top right, with its (probably original) oval form, hobnail cut glass bowl supported by a reeded gallery and held aloft by a pair of finely cast semi-nude mythical winged figures. Measuring 20in (50cm) across, it was hallmarked for Elkington (who more typically made such pieces in electroplate) and assayed in Birmingham, 1886.

After a long telephone battle it was eventually knocked down to a London dealer underbid by a telephone from Paris at £9900.

From the same consignor, a long established client of the auctioneer, came a pair of Victorian cut glass claret jugs with silver mounts and girdles, still contained in their original case, and assayed for London, 1892. Providing an interesting price comparison with a similar pair of silver-gilt claret jugs sold by Dreweatt Neate of Donnington Priory on July 7 for £5800 (reported in Antiques Trade Gazette 1652, dated August 21) this duo sold to another London dealer for £5600.

The Fernhurst, West Sussex auctioneers John Nicholson (15% buyer's premium) offered the pair of silver gilt salts by Robert Garrard, one shown bottom right, on July 21-22. Made in London in 1863 they were of the quality one expects from this eminent silversmith and highly decorative too, each featuring a winged cherub holding a trident while riding a shell chariot pulled by dolphins. Complete with spoons that took the total weight to 56oz, they found the middle of their £8000-12,000 estimate, selling at £10,000 to the trade.

In a bear market for more standard silver tablewares two results at this two-day sale were satisfying.

A matched set of four George III candlesticks, each a standard Coker or Café model with gadrooned square shaped bases and twisted knops to the stem, 11in (27cm) high marked for London 1767 and 1768, sold at £4700. Well up on modest £400-600 hopes, a 15in (38cm) diameter, 120oz monteith by Charles Stuart Harris, London 1901, with lion handles sold at £3400.

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