Silver sales in Somerset

Items of silver and vertu were in demand in Somerset recently when Lawrences of Crewkerne held their spring sales.

Charles II antique wine taster

Objects that attracted interest included a small and rare wine taster from 1665 dated from the reign of Charles II (above), which doubled expectations to make £1460; a finely chased stirrup cup in the form of a fox mask from 1845 also outran Antique stirrup cupits £2500-3000 estimate to make £5000. Two other ‘drinkers’ lots” also proved popular when an 18th-century beer jug, possibly Colonial, was bought for just over £2000 and a Victorian ewer or claret jug made £1220. An impressive suite of four graduated meat dishes from 1831, sold with four plated dish covers to match, soared to £9760.

Elsewhere in the sale, a finely decorated French ivory fan made £1830, while miniature portrait of Captain Robert Woolf Junior, finely painted by John Smart Junior (the sitter’s own cousin) combined a dashing subject with the link between artist and sitter to make £2190.

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