Fern Family Nuremberg cup – £4600 at Woolley & Wallis.

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Three of the leading pieces came from the same deceased dealer's estate and all demolished here-to-sell three-figure estimates when they sold to Continental buyers.

Shown left is a 6oz, 8½in (21.5cm) silver-gilt cup by the Fern Family, Nuremberg, from the latter half of the 17th century.

The stem was catalogued a/f ('at fault') but the piece had no difficulty selling at £4600. From some decades earlier was a c.1700, 4½oz silver-gilt part table fountain by Thomas Stoer the Elder. Featuring a tapering circular bowl and tapering stem with three spouts, it sold at £4000.

 Catalogued as probably 19th century, an 11.5oz, 6½in (16cm) tall silver-gilt beaker and cover, with chased foliate decoration, made £5800.

Entered by a different vendor was a 4½in (11cm) tall 17th century silver-gilt bowl of a wine cup by an unknown Nuremberg maker, with panels of cherubs and a detachable foliate mount.

Estimated at £150-200 for the sale on July 17-18, it sold at £3000.

The buyer's premium was 22%