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Centrepiece takes the centre stage

A remarkable George IV silver-gilt centrepiece (right) led Christie’s March 22-23 sale of the Robert de Balkany collection after it was hammered down to London silver dealer Koopman Rare Art at £860,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

The 1128oz Hercules and the Hydra nine-light candelabra was made for the Duke of York by Edward Cornelius Farrell in 1824 under the direction of the retailer and antiquarian, Kensington Lewis (1790-1854).

Koopman’s director Lewis Smith said that the dealership was “delighted to have been the successful bidder” on the centrepiece adding that it “ticked all the boxes” for the business which likes to deal in the rare and unusual.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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