Made in London in 1803 by Daniel Pontifex, the George III tureen was among the highlights on the stand of Mary Cooke Antiques where it was offered for £15,750.
Other early stand-out sales at the 47th annual fair included an 1887 Royal Worcester bust of Queen Victoria by maker James Hadley. It was offered for £2500 by ceramics dealer Long Tran Antiques, which reported the buyer was an “expert” on the monarch.
The fair, which runs until June 28, hosts around 110 dealers. It coincides with the House & Garden Festival, with which it shares both its Kensington venue and its organiser, Clarion Events.
Though the art and antiques fair is now self-contained after briefly being part of the larger festival last year, there is still some ‘cross-pollination’ of visitors. Twentieth century British art dealer Freya Mitton reported selling a painting by Rowland Suddaby to someone who had come to the House & Garden event to buy cheese. A collector bought a small Terry Frost from her, also on the opening night.
Elsewhere, Mark Goodger at Hampton Antiques parted with several tea caddies, including a tortoiseshell and silver one at £4500 and two George III examples, each priced over £2000. Another stand-out George III piece was an unusual c.1770 mahogany cut-corner serving table with pierced flying brackets offered by Robin Martin Antiques.
Joost van den Bergh reported selling a good Japanese bronze to an Asian collector while Hansord sold a Chippendale period mahogany writing table, c.1770.