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14/03/2013 : Old Master Revival.....

9th Century porcelain does not get much better than the wonderful hand painted plaques produced at the German factory of K.P.M. To give the factory it's name in full, the Konigliche Porzellan Manufaktur, this Berlin based company specialised in fine porcelain plaques depicting Biblical, Romantic and Historical figures.

The plaque sold here was after a portrait by Guido Reni of Beatrice Cenci, an Italian Noblewoman who had a traumatic life before being executed aged just 22 for her part in her fathersí murder! This particular example was in spectacular condition and sold for £2900.

It is well known that silver is selling very well at the moment, and a canteen of Italian cutlery proved this when it realised £1250, however, it was a piece of silver plate with drew a few gasps when it achieved £920. Produced by the world famous Birmingham manufacturers; Elkington and Co around 1870, this particular piece of silver plate was a magnificent centrepiece modelled as a tree supporting a glass bowl and the base set with a pair of stags above a mirrored stand. Again, the quality was stunning and an internet bidder saw off a determined private collector in the room to secure the impressive item.

Pocket watches are becoming more and more popular and a good 18ct gold example was offered with an estimate of £500-£800. With a white enamelled dial, open face and in excellent working condition, two specialist buyers fought all the way before the hammer fell at £980, a strong price reflecting the condition and current trend.

Elsewhere a pair of table lustres achieved £420, the same price matched by a large burr oak wall clock and a Victorian Davenport desk, whilst a section of the famous Cavern Stage from the Beatles era made £340.

The next auction is on April 3rd which includes a Maritime section, and we will also be joined by the television cameras filming the popular Antiques Road Trip.