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.
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.