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George III Urns realise £350,000 and Other Results from the Spring Fine Auction

Rachel Littlewood reports on the outcome of an exciting two days of selling that saw a pair of George III Mahogany Pedestal Urns, probably by Thomas Chippendale, reach a staggering £350,000 as well as several other big surprises.

The Pair of George III Mahogany Pedestal Urns (FS18/813) that have caused a huge stir amongst Fine Furniture buyers around the world, realised £350,000.

The Pair of George III Mahogany Pedestal Urns (FS18/813) that have caused a huge stir amongst Fine Furniture buyers around the world, realised £350,000.

Sold over two days, there were quite a few more-than-pleasant surprises and some very tense bidding in every section of the sale, with two Internet bidding platforms running and telephone bids throughout the sale from every corner of the globe. The auction was also extremely well attended.

Day One started with the jewellery and it was the end of this section that provided some sparkling results. A platinum and diamond two stone cross over ring, the diamonds weighing 3.5cts and 3.4cts each sold for £16,500 (FS18/294).

Within the picture section of the sale was another little surprise – an oil on canvas by Antoni Clave (1913-2005) entitled Nature Morte Rouge, which after a long battle between telephone and Internet bidders, eventually sold for £11,500 (FS18/402). Day Two of the auction proved equally exciting and the auction room was again very well attended.

In the ceramics section of the sale, it was a pair of Canton famille rose porcelain vases that stole the show. Dating from the late 19th Century, this impressive pair of Chinese vases went under the hammer for £20,000 (FS18/492).

In the Works of Art section of the sale, there were several highlights, but the most dazzling of these were the pair of Dudley Adams Regency table globes, which caused a stir, literally around the globe. There were telephone bidders and internet bidders bidding as quickly as they could type, but the pair of globes was finally sold for £22,000 (FS18/756). Further excitement stirred when the 19th Century walnut regulator by William B Crisp came under the hammer, which again exceeded expectations, selling for £10,500 (FS18/778).

The star lot of the entire sale came on Day Two of the auction, within the furniture section of the sale. A pair of George III mahogany pedestal urns, which were estimated at between £120,000 and £150,000 caused a huge stir amongst furniture buyers around the world (FS18/813).

A similar pair to these pedestals can be seen at Paxton House, Berwickshire, Scotland.

This fantastic quality pair of urns, probably by Chippendale, sold for £350,000.


  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Art Auction

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