A SET of four George II silver salts by the celebrated Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) sold for a double-estimate £19,000 at Hansons' latest sale at the Mackworth Hotel in Derby.
Made in Britannia standard silver, the 4in (10cm) diameter salts
with cut card and stiff leaf decoration weighed a substantial 34oz.
They carried marks for London, 1728 and the all-important 'fleur du
lys' maker's mark for de Lamerie.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson, who had found the previously
unrecorded set in a home in Litchfield (they had been in the
Wyndham family for perhaps two centuries) fielded bids from trade
and private buyers before they sold to a collector/consultant.
The sale on March 10 included a new house record for Hansons
when a Daoguang mark and period (1821-1850) famille rose vase with
a turquoise ground found in a house in South Derbyshire sold for
£192,000, a multiple of the pre-sale estimate.
The buyer's premium was 15 per cent.