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Rotherham’s stormy lovers sell for £26,000

01 September 2009Written by ATG Reporter

THIS rare Meissen figure group modelled by J.J. Kandler, titled The Stormy Lovers sold for £26,000 at Paul Beighton's latest sale.

Offered for sale at Thurcroft, near Rotherham on August 23, the buyer of the c.1741-43 group was a UK private collector, underbid by an internet bidder on

Inspired by engravings on marriage by William Hogarth, few examples of this group with the Harlequin figure survive. The model is clearly described in Kandler's Taxa- or record book - for 1741 and was estimated at £2000-3000.

It was consigned by a UK collector, who is understood to have purchased it some years ago at Christie's in New York.

The 63/4in (17cm) tall group had suffered some damage, with three of the heads having broken off and been restored.

The buyer's premium was 17.5 per cent buyer's premium.

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