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Little gains as charger sets £60,000 record

08 May 2007Written by ATG Reporter

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 premium).

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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