Dealers and collectors in France and the UK took part in a fierce bidding war, to become the new owner of a sugar bowl.
The antique sugar bowl surprised everyone at the Nantwich auction house, when it became the star of the show, attracting bids for far more than the guide price. The bowl which is three inches high and has a lid is a rare piece of French Vincennes porcelain, dating back to the 18th century. It is believed that the bowl is one of the earliest pieces produced when the Vincennes factory relocated to Sevres in 1756.
The rare sugar bowl eventually sold to a private collector in the UK, who was prepared to exceed the guide price, paying out an astonishing £45,000 for the item. According to Chris Large, the Nantwich auctioneer:
“It was a remarkable price for a fairly unremarkable object. However, we subsequently learned very few pieces like it have survived and the contest to buy it proved the point.
Large added that both he and the owner had been amazed by the resulting bid, especially as the sugar bowl turned out to be the most expensive lot during the day. The rare item would make an attractive addition to a French ormolu mounted cabinet. Blackburn has a number of antiques dealers where suitable antique cabinets may be discovered.
Other items at the auction also sold for reasonable prices that day, including an antique book case which sold for £4,500.
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