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.