Among the many unique and important pieces of English pewter in the David Little Collection sold by Christie’s in King Street on May 1 was this mid 17th century broad-rimmed pewter charger.
At 281/4in (72cm) diameter it is the fifth largest charger
recorded but the remarkable engraved border decoration is its forte
- a continuous hunting scene populated by charming figures.
The charger was last seen at Phillips in December 1984 when it
sold for £32,000 but - evidence that pewter prices have not moved a
great deal in the past three decades - last week it was secured in
the room by a UK private buyer apparently new to the pewter market
at its low estimate of £60,000 (plus 20 per cent buyer's
Nevertheless, it breaks its own auction record for a piece of
English pewter, one that had stood for 33 years.
A full report on the £783,080 collection will appear in a future
issue of the ATG newspaper.
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