Ceramics Popular at Mallams’ Home Sale


Mallams’ Abingdon saleroom held a successful Home Sale yesterday, with almost 25% of the online bidders coming through Mallams Live, the auction house’s own online bidding platform.

Ceramics proved very popular in the sale with a number of items soaring way above top estimates.

The top performer in the sale was lot 146, an early 20th century Royal Worcester porcelain dessert service with hand painted fruit decoration. With a top estimate of £500, the hammer eventually fell at £3,400, after a hard fought battle between bidders.

A Royal Copenhagen blue and white tea and coffee service (lot 90) also attracted attention, selling for £1900 against an estimate of £200-£300.

Lady Anne Gordon, also known as ‘The Cabbage Lady’ for her collectable porcelain cabbages, has a substantial following in both the UK and the US and so it was no surprise that lot 83, a set of three pottery doves by this artist, attracted a lot of attention, selling for £1100, more than four times its top estimate.

Approximately 30% of the lots in Mallams’ Home Sale were items of furniture and many did particularly well.  Two items of note were lot 425, a Georgian mahogany serving table, which eventually sold to a phone bidder for £2,200, well above its £400 top estimate, and lot 178, a pair of reproduction Georgian style mahogany bedside tables which went to an online bidder for £400 (top estimate of £120).

A few items of jewellery usually feature amongst the eclectic mix of items that make up the Abingdon Home Sales, and this was certainly the case in yesterday’s sale with a number of lots piquing interest. Doing particularly well was lot 4, a 19th century rock crystal sweetheart locket pendant which sold to an online bidder for £750 against an estimate of £500-£700.

Mallams is now inviting entries for its next sales so if you have any interesting items you are considering selling at auction please email Henry Cooke on henry@mallams.co.uk or Duncan Lloyd on duncan.lloyd@mallams.co.uk for a free, informal valuation.

All prices are subject to a 30% buyers' premium (VAT inclusive). 

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