Last week was a busy one for glass and ceramics in the London rooms with five auctions taking place over the space of 48 hours and some bullish prices for top pieces.
Bonhams held two dedicated glass auctions, on May 1 and 2, the
first producing a new auction high for a piece of English cameo
glass when they obtained £140,000 (plus premium) for Thomas and
George Woodall's 17in (43cm) diameter plaque of 1896, carved with a
scene of two cupids and a maiden titled The Attack.
The next day they topped this with £230,000
for a c.1700 engraved Silesian goblet by Friedrich Winter.
Also on May 1
Sotheby's were selling a large collection of Meissen animal
figures and a selection of furnishings from the collection of Sir
Gawaine and Lady Baillie.
At that sale a large, 19in (48.5cm) high, white Meissen figure
of a snuff-taking monkey of c.1732 from the Japanese Palace in
Dresden realised £680,000 (plus premium).