Posted on 13th December 2016
An exquisite 19th century French fan caused a flutter at our Winter Antiques Catalogue Sale when it soared way above its guide price of £100-£200, selling for £3,600.
Made from carved ivory and lace, the 53cm-wide fan was a late entrant to the sale and was submitted as part of a general box of miscellaneous objects. It was ring-fenced as a separate lot and on the day was heavily contested, with online bids from as far afield as Spain and Italy. The final battle was between someone in the room and a telephone bidder who eventually secured the sale.
Even though one of its sticks was damaged, the fan was of very fine quality. The ivory was signed by Alexandre and the painted panels were signed by the artist ED Moreau. It also featured Belgium lace, which is much sought after.
The fan was just one of many objects to achieve high prices in the Winter Sale. Jewellery did exceptionally well and a collection of Chinese jewellery valued between £100-£150 went under the hammer for £1,300 and an emerald and diamond ring sold for an amazing £7,700.