The 13 1/4in (34cm) long pearlware group of c.1825-35 had been estimated at $25,000-35,000. It was one of a number of multiple-estimate prices seen in the auctioneers’ 249-lot, multi-discipline Celebration of the English Country House sale on April 7 that realised a premium-inclusive total of $5.8m.
The Death of Munrow sold at Sotheby's New York
The Death of Munrow, depicting the attack by a tiger on a certain Mr Munroe in 1793 when he was out on a hunting party on Saugar Island in West Bengal, is one of the most dramatic and celebrated subjects to be recorded in Staffordshire earthenware. As a result it usually commands a high price when it comes up for sale at auction but few could have predicted the $130,000 (£74,285) (plus buyer’s premium) realised for the example that appeared at Sotheby’s New York last week.