The main talking point of Gorringes’ (15% buyer’s premium) December 7-8 sale in Bexhill-on-Sea was the remarkable £260,000 bid on the second day for the early 17th century pietra dura table top featured on the front page of Antiques Trade Gazette no. 1670 (25th December/1st January).
But day two of the sale also yielded this impressive-looking
Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) double portrait of Sir John Rivers, 3rd
Bart., and his wife Lady Anne Rivers, right, which had been bought
by its vendors at Dreweatt Neate in October 1988 for £20,000.
Although in reasonably good condition (albeit with an old lining)
and with plenty of decorative appeal, this 4ft 71/2in x 5ft 111/4in
(1.41 x 1.81m) canvas was rather too large for most people's living
rooms and the sitters seemed not to have made a significant impact
on English history.
As a result, a West Country private buyer was able to secure it at
£38,000, just under the pre-sale estimate of £40,000-60,000.
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