* The top lot of the September 9 sale of British pottery and porcelain at Bonhams New Bond Street was an 18th-century Worcester “Grubb” plate that sold for £20,400 (estimate £4,000-5,000). Other top lots were a signed 1821 creamware stallion that sold for £18,000 (estimate £8,000-12,000), and a mid-18th century Bow duck tureen (estimate £8,000-10,000) and a Worcester teapot (estimate £7,000-10,000) that each sold for £13,800.
* The September 10 sale of Chinese ceramics and works of art at Christie’s South Kensington totaled just under £350,000. The top lot was a pair of Qianlong period cloisonné enamel candlesticks that sold for £21,875 (estimate £4,000-6,000). Other top lots were an 18th-century carved lacquer “Chun” box and cover that sold for £16,250 (estimate £2,000-3,000), a circa 1730 familie rose baluster vase that sold for £8,750 (estimate £1,000-2,000), and a pair of late 19th-century blue and white porcelain vases that also sold for £8,750 (estimate £800-1,200).
* The “Parisian Taste in London” sale of European fine and decorative art at Christie’s London on September 10 totaled £1.6 million. The top lot was Vilhelm Hammershøi’s Sunlit interior, Strandgade 30 that sold for £187,250 (estimate £70,000-100,000). Other top sales included a pair of paintings by John Atkinson Grimshaw that sold for £111,650 (estimate £60,000-80,000), and a vase by André Metthey that sold for £30,000 (estimate £2,000-3,000).
Images from above: Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds; and A Figure overlooking Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds by John Atkinson Grimshaw. Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2009. “Grub” type plate painted in the Giles Workshop, Worcester, c. 1768-70. Image courtesy of Bonhams.