RARE SNUFF BOXES SOURCED IN CHESTER MAKE 10 TIMES THE ESTIMATE AT INCREDIBLE LONDON SALE

. July 10, 2007

Up To Snuff At Bonhams

George I Snuff Box Makes £36,000 – 9 Times Its £4,000 Estimate

A collection of fine snuff boxes sourced by Bonhams’ office in Chester have exceeded all expectations by selling for over ten times their estimate at an important sale of Fine Silver at Bonhams in London today (4 July 2007).

The five boxes entered into the sale had a pre-sale collective estimate of about £11,500. Unprecedented interest and highly competitive bidding pushed the post-sale total for these items alone to £115,200. In the wake of the recent nation-wide smoking ban, it is interesting to note that high prices are being achieved for antique tobacco containers.

“INDICATIVE OF A WIDER BOOM IN THE ART MARKET”

“The extraordinary prices achieved by these snuff boxes is indicative of a boom in the art market as a whole, and we are delighted to be a part of this upward trend,” explained Michael Moorcroft, Bonhams’ Silver Specialist. “This is also an excellent example of how items sourced by Bonhams’ regional offices can go on to sell well in London. Who knows how many more hidden treasures there are around the country?”

The boxes sourced by Bonhams in Chester were:

A George I gold double-lidded oval snuff box, c. 1730, sold for £36,000 (estimate £4,000 – 5,000)

A fine mid-18th century chased gold snuff box, C.1760, sold for £32,400

A Louis XV vari-coloured gold oval snuff box by Claude-Alexis Robert, Paris 1761/2, sold for £28,800 (estimate £2,000 – 3,000)

A Louis XV vari-coloured gold rectangular snuff vox by Charles-Baptiste Lefebre, Paris 1755, sold for £12,000 (estimate £1,800 – 2,200)

A Louis XV cinnabar lacquer and silver-gilt mounted boîte à mouche, Paris 1762 – 8, sold for £6,000 (estimate £500 – 800)

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