Legendary English antique dealership Sampson and Hornes collection of British pottery and furniture went under the hammer yesterday (28 April) at Bonhams
, New Bond Street with huge success, achieving a total of £1,056,000 with a 91% sold by value.
The auction lasted all day with 740 lots on offer, but the saleroom remained packed throughout with many of their loyal customers attending in person - a poignant reminder of their many visits to Sampson and Hornes shops. While estimates had been set cautiously, in many cases fierce competition among private collectors meant prices in the auction were at retail levels.
Of particular interest were two fine London delftware blue-dash Royal portrait chargers, which fetched £19,600 and £13,200 respectively against pre-sale estimates of £8,000 12,000.
Also fetching a high price were a late 18th century pair of life sand paintings sold for £16,800, having been estimated at £4,000 6,000.
A Charles II commemorative cup, thought to have been made to celebrate the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, sold for £15,600.
Jonathan Horne, and Alistair Sampson before him, were among the most respected dealers in London and for nearly 40 years had been regular buyers at Bonhams.
Our Director of Ceramics John Sandon, who was the auctioneer for much of the sale and missed their familiar faces bidding in the room, said: This is the kind of sale Jonathan and Alistair would have loved themselves.