An Ed­war­dian ta­ble

Rel­a­tive size can be a ma­jor fac­tor in de­ter­min­ing value in the world of an­tiques, as David Broom, our an­tiques ex­pert of Keys ex­plains.

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When con­sid­er­ing the rel­a­tive mer­its of size, it is of­ten said that good things come in small pack­ages and small is beau­ti­ful … and in the an­tiques world rel­a­tive size can be a ma­jor fac­tor in de­ter­min­ing value.

In some parts of the world small ex­am­ples of jew­ellery and ob­jects of vertu which can be hid­den and are eas­ily trans­portable are of­ten in de­mand.

Small items of fur­ni­ture that fit well into mod­ern homes where the fo­cus may be more min­i­mal­ist are also in de­mand as are ob­jects that dis­play in smaller cab­i­nets.

Con­sider for ex­am­ple the Daum vase (lot 49) in Keys fine sale which is only two inches high and a su­perb ex­am­ple of cameo glass from a ma­jor French fac­tory well known for its high qual­ity out­put.

The fac­tory pi­o­neered a tech­nique of fus­ing lay­ers of glass to­gether, carv­ing them with a de­sign which was then cov­ered with a fur­ther layer of glass and carved again, cre­at­ing a sense of per­spec­tive and used to de­pict the type of win­ter scene very well por­trayed in lot 49 which sold for £1,050. feet long a rather large piece for a mod­ern home, al­though slim­mer in style than many other ex­am­ples. This type of fur­ni­ture has dropped back in price, but the qual­ity of this ex­am­ple and the slim­mer style re­sulted in a good price of £1,350.

At less than half the size of the Vic­to­rian cre­denza, the Ed­war­dian ta­ble, side cab­i­net and ladies desk all sold very well and as well as be­ing high qual­ity they would fit well into a mod­ern home.

The Ed­war­dian ta­ble sold for £720 and the ladies desk for £ 920.

Lot 1149 – sold for £720.

An item of small size may also com­bine with other fac­tors that de­ter­mine value such as shape, dec­o­ra­tion and rar­ity. Among a large col­lec­tion of Low­est­oft porce­lain sold in the Keys sale were ex­am­ples of where these fac­tors com­bine to drive up value among deal­ers and col­lec­tors.

At the other end of the scale lot 1106 in the same sale is a high qual­ity Vic­to­rian cre­denza or side cab­i­net in wal­nut with a cen­tral mar­quetry panel and brass in­lay. It is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple but at six

The first item was a tea bowl, about two-and-a-half-inches di­am­e­ter, dat­ing from 1790, with ar­mo­rial dec­o­ra­tion. Low­est­oft tea bowls usu­ally fetch around £100 up­wards, but this ex­am­ple bore the arms and motto (In Deo Potero) of the Rev Robert

Pot­ter who be­came vicar of Low­est­oft and Rec­tor of Kess­ing­land in 1789. It is thought that the Rev Pot­ter com­mis­sioned a tea-set from the fac­tory soon af­ter his ap­point­ment.

Low­est­oft ar­mo­rial porce­lain is rare and the lo­cal prove­nance in­creased value with the re­sult that even though dam­aged, the tea bowl sold for a ham­mer price of £750.

Rar­ity also drove up the price of two small pickle dishes mea­sur­ing about three inches di­am­e­ter. One of them is dec­o­rated in a very rare style and only a hand­ful of ex­am­ples are recorded. The dishes sold for a ham­mer price of £ 2,300.

Also in the sale was a small Low­est­oft teacup dec­o­rated in a hunt­ing pat­tern which re­sem­bles some Lowry type fig­ures on horses hunt­ing a stag. The pat­tern is known as the Staghunt pat­tern and is well known on Worces­ter porce­lain but sel­dom seen on Low­est­oft. Its rar­ity on Low­est­oft se­cured a ham­mer price of £ 300 de­spite be­ing dam­aged.

An Ed­war­dian ta­ble.

Lot 49, the Daum vase.

Lot 1106, a Vic­to­rian cre­denza.

Lot 1115, an Ed­war­dian ta­ble.

Lot 295, a tea bowl.

Lot 1149, a side cab­i­net.

Lot 337, two small pickle dishes.

Lot 331, a Low­est­oft tea cup.

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