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£150,000 chimneypiece leads Jamb sale at Christie’s

06 February 2012Written by Anne Crane

Bidders in the room, on the phones and the internet were all in action last week to contest the 475-lot sale of the collection of Will Fisher, founder of London dealers Jamb, at Christie’s South Kensington.

The auction on February 2 comprised mixed pieces from Mr Fisher's Camberwell home and stock from his Pimlico Road gallery, from which he is moving to new premises.

The sale had been estimated to fetch £1.4m-2.4m, but with plenty of the pieces that made up the distinctive Jamb look contested well past expectations by multiple bids, the all-day event ended up totalling £3.15m hammer.

Chimmeypieces are a Jamb speciality and the day's top lot was the 7ft 10in (2.4m) wide, mid-18th century example pictured here, in verde antico and statuary marble, made to a Palladian-inspired design by Isaac Ware.

It was possibly carved in the workshop of James Richards and fetched £150,000, plus premium.

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