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‘It was like selling used to be…’

Cambridge auctioneer gets all nostalgic as sale produces country house collective warm glow

There is little like a new house-record to leave an auctioneer smiling but there was considerably more for Luke Macdonald to celebrate following Cheffins’ (22.5% buyer’s premium) spring sale.

“It was like selling used to be 15 years ago,” he enthused after the March 7-8 sale at Cambridge ended with 91% of the 700 lots getting away to a hammer total just shy of £1.2m.

A major contribution to that figure was the £570,000 taken for Il Guercino’s oil, Study of an Italian Cane Corse (ATG No 2333), but this was no lone-star sale brightening dark times.

“It was one of the most comprehensive country house collective sales to have come to the market in the past decade,” said Macdonald. “But it was also representative of the growing confidence in the antiques market.”

And that includes furniture buyers. “We had 143 lots and all but seven sold,” said Macdonald.

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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