Offered at Treadway (25% buyer’s premium) on May 1, the silver hallmarked porringer with an enamel cabochon to the handle, dated to c.1901, was described as being in excellent original condition and was offered without a spoon. It came from a Canadian collection. Estimated at $5000-7000, it sold for $18,000 (£14,400).
It was an impressive sum for one of these classic Ashbee pieces. In May this year, for example, Heritage Auctions in Dallas sold a porringer dated 1911 without a spoon for $2200.
Back in May 2018 Cheffins in Cambridge sold a porringer with liner and spoon dated 1903 for £8000 and in November 2016, at Matthew Barton’s sale in London, a porringer with a spoon dated 1901 realised £8200.