Barratt Collection of fine art and antiquities makes $4.9m at Christie's


2015-06-26 12:11:29


Barratt Collection of fine art and antiquities makes $4.9m at Christie's

The collection of art, furniture and other gems surpassed all expectations when it sold in London

The sale of the Barratt Collection of fine art and antiquities at Christies, yesterday (December 16), passed all expectations to bring a total of 3.2m ($4.9m).

The auction -which was expected to raise 1.8 million - featured the contents of Crowe hall in Bath, one of the city's finest Regency villas. It included Old Master and British pictures, English furniture, silver, porcelain and Italian 'Grand Tour' bronzes. Over the course of six hours, 80% of the 383 lots were sold.

The star item of the sale, however, was a surprise to everyone. A Roman marble cinerary urn, circa 1st century AD, sold for an incredible 445,250. It beat its high estimate of 10,000 almost 45 times over.

Many other items also sold for considerably more than their estimated prices. A beautiful Italian Maiolica Istorato dish dating from 1546 (with a pre-sale estimate of 50,000 - 80,000) sold for 157,250, and a pair of paintings by 18th century artist Hendrik Frans van Lint sold for 139,250 (overtheir estimate of 40,000 - 60,000).

roman1stcenturyvase.jpgThe Roman cenerary urn made a surprising 445,250

The collection had been built up by three generations of the Barratt family since 1961, and the variety of objects in the sale was remarkable.

A pair of George III white marble Cassolette vases and covers sold for 115,250 (once again beating the estimate of 30,000 - 50,000), and a Regency Ormolu and cut-glass 12 light chandelier doubled its pre-sale price of 40,000to sellfor 85,250.

Some other items, including books from an extraordinary collection built up by wartime scientist Sir Sydney Barratt and his family, had already been sold in separate sales.

The auction saw bidding from around the globe, as collectors and investors competed forthis highly sought-after and valued collection.

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Images: Christie's

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