IRISH silver carries its own cachet and, as in England and Scotland, pieces with rare provincial hallmarks are always more sought-after.
But, even allowing for this, the £6500 paid out for this 6oz
soup ladle at Christie's South Kensington's January 12 Interiors
auction seems pretty hefty.
Bright engraved to the handle, and in nice crisp condition, said
CSK's Kate McKenzie, its key details are the marks for Patrick
Connell, Limerick. It dates to around
There was enough pre-sale interest to indicate to the
auctioneers that the £1200-1800 estimate was likely to be doubled.
In the event competition between an Irish collector and an Irish
dealer pushed the piece to a multi-estimate sum.