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Ivory carves a market test

All but one lot sells from 30-strong consignment offered with ‘sensible’ estimates

In a diverse 515-lot sale, finely carved wood and alabaster, porcelain and even furniture took eye-catching bids – but much of the wider market was waiting to see how a large consignment of 18th and 19th century ivory carvings would fare at Woolley & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium) on October 4.

The Salisbury sale was held a couple of days before the kite-flying threat by environment secretary Michael Gove of a near-total ban in ivory sales. It remains to be seen whether the market’s resilience in this controversial field will continue.

But the 30 lots, consigned to W&W from a collection built up by the Edwardian gentleman yachtsman and traveller RH Lee Esq of Yarner and consigned for sale by ‘a distinguished Naval family’, were well received. “Only one item was unsold,” said specialist Suzy Becsy.

“The estimates were set sensibly to encourage bidding and the results were around what we hoped for. The buyers were mostly dealers, some from the UK and some continental.”

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