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Why this dish found in a hum­ble Der­byshire kitchen fetched £ 230,000 at Han­sons Auc­tion­eers


Es­ti­mate: £40,000–£60,000

Found in a kitchen cup­board in south Der­byshire, this dish – dat­ing from 1723–35 – made waves at Han­sons when it was dis­cov­ered that it car­ried the reign mark for Em­peror Yongzheng. It has since emerged that both the Na­tional Mu­seum of China and the Guang­dong Mu­seum hold repli­cas of the plate. Af­ter a re­lent­less bid­ding war, it even­tu­ally sold to an over­seas phone buyer. Ham­mer: £230,000 * 01283 733988; han­son­sauc­tion­ 2 FE­LINE CHARM

Es­ti­mate: £40–£60

An on­line buyer bid more than dou­ble the high es­ti­mate to se­cure this chubby cat, c1971, modelled by Swedish de­signer Lisa Lar­son for the Gus­tavs­berg porce­lain fac­tory near Stock­holm. Lar­son (born 1931) was ap­pointed by Stig Lind­berg in 1953 and stayed at the fac­tory un­til 1981. Her fun ce­ramic an­i­mals, in­clud­ing elks, rhi­nos, Dachshunds and ze­bras, are her best-known creations. Ham­mer: £130 * 020 8313 3655; cather­i­ne­ 3 COU­TURE KING

Es­ti­mate: £1,770–£2,220

The French fash­ion de­signer Roger Vivier (1903–98) was one of the great names in shoe de­sign, creat­ing the stiletto heel in 1954. From the 1930s, he made mag­i­cal footwear for the cou­ture houses of Paris, in­clud­ing Chris­tian Dior. These king!sher-feather and trompe-l’oeil printed shoes date from 1957 and are sim­i­lar to a pair in the New York Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art’s col­lec­tion. Ham­mer: £4,662 * 020 7293 5000; sothe­ 4 SIL­VER SER­VICE

Es­ti­mate: £100–£150

This pair of sil­ver balus­ter-form café au lait pots would be a won­der­ful way to serve cof­fee. Pots such as these were pop­u­lar through­out the early 20th cen­tury for serv­ing hot cof­fee and warmed milk in ho­tels. This pair was made by the Lon­don sil­ver­smiths Charles Boy­ton & Son in 1912. Ham­mer: £190 * 01635 553553;

5 FINE FUR­NI­TURE Es­ti­mate: £1,000–£1,500

Good-qual­ity an­tique fur­ni­ture never fails to sell, as il­lus­trated by this late 18th-cen­tury ‘Gains­bor­ough’ arm­chair in ma­hogany. The style of the chair was in­spired by an ear­lier de­sign that be­came fash­ion­able for fur­nish­ing aris­to­cratic sa­lons. The gen­er­ous pro­por­tions were per­fect for ac­com­mo­dat­ing the bulky cos­tumes worn by men and women of the day.

Ham­mer: £2,800

* 01722 424500; wool­leyand­wal­

6 CHIC AND USE­FUL Es­ti­mate: £100–£150

Echo­ing Er­col de­signs of the pe­riod, this 1950s cof­fee ta­ble is Bri­tish-made and crafted from teak. Just over 60cm wide, the ta­ble came in a par­cel lot with three oth­ers, so it’s a great buy for some­one look­ing to sell on at a fair or vin­tage event. Ham­mer: £160 * 01279 817778;

7 SO WEAR­ABLE TO­DAY Es­ti­mate: £500–£700

You’d cer­tainly get some ad­mir­ing glances wear­ing this mar­quise-shape ring on your nger. Though it looks sur­pris­ingly mod­ern, it was made in the late 19th cen­tury. The gold-and-sil­ver de­sign has an old-cut di­a­mond at its cen­tre, sur­rounded by pave-set sap­phires, and also boasts a pretty, dec­o­ra­tive shank. Ham­mer: £780 * 0121 212 2131; fel­

8 BUY­ING INTO HIS­TORY Es­ti­mate: £80–£120

You can’t repli­cate the kind of patina that is cre­ated by touch, and wear and tear, which is part of the ap­peal of an­tiques. Ev­i­dence found on this late 19th-cen­tury ma­hogany desk rack points to it hav­ing been owned by a chemist – the up­per draw­ers have la­bels such as ‘The draught to be taken im­me­di­ately’, ‘The eye wa­ter’ and ‘The gar­gle to be used fre­quently’. Ham­mer: £150 * 01865 241358; mal­

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