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Week shows middle market strength

Auction series at Somerset saleroom posts good results across wide range of lots on offer

More glamorous sales will take place this year, but a week of four quality auctions at Lawrences (22% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne provided some solid reassurance about the state of the middle market.

“An amazing start to the year,” said managing director Helen Carless of the sale, at which 85% of the 2500 lots got away to total £1.25m.

“Each of our eight dedicated specialists is reporting strong demand from vendors as well as buyers.”

Among those specialists was silver expert Alex Butcher, for whom the January 15 sale was the final part of a two-year project since he first saw the remarkable John and Patricia McKenzie collection of some 4000 vesta cases.

In every conceivable material from gold to straw work and porcelain to vulcanite, they included every form of decoration from armorials to erotica and sportsmen and women to militaria.

Although most were made in England, they were also produced in the US and across Europe to Russia, the Far East and Australia, and many incorporated other functions such as whistles, penknives or watches.

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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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