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Treasure islands

The sale of a comprehensive collection of Channel Islands silver on home turf is a perfect opportunity to test the market temperature, as Roland Arkell reports


Martel Maides in St Peter Port sold the Michael Paint collection of Channel Islands silver on October 18.

The 250-plus lots, spanning the spectrum of Guernsey and Jersey silver from the 17th century to the modern era, represented the most important sale of its type offered at auction: an opportunity to look at this most specialised of silver collecting markets in some depth.

Milk Maides

And where better to begin than with perhaps the best-known of all pieces of Channel Islands silver?

A hot milk jug, inspired by a design by Paul de Lamerie c.1727 (see right), was featured on the front cover of the 1969 book Old Channel Islands Silver by Richard Mayne (and inside the 1985 revised edition).

It carries the maker’s mark of arguably the archipelago’s finest silversmith, Guillaume Henry, who worked on Guernsey c.1720-67.

It was last sold by Bonhams Langlois in 1999 as ‘the property of a Jersey trust company’ for £24,000 and decades before that had been sold in London for £1700 in 1966.

That was around half the price of the average home at the time, and a record price for a piece of Channel Islands silver that would stand until Langlois sold the Janvrin Le Couture coffee pot by Huguenot emigre Pierre Amiraux (now part of the Société Jersiaise collection) for £9000 in the early 1980s.

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