1. George II brass chandelier
This rare George II brass 12-branch chandelier formerly hung in Terling Chapel, the oldest United Reformed Church in Essex.
Although church documents dated the chandelier to the 17th century it seems more likely that the candelabra was purchased new when the Chapel congregation moved to their present building in 1752. Similar examples are pictured in Rupert Gentle and Rachael Field’s book Domestic Metalwork, 1640-1820.
It is in largely unaltered condition (it has not been converted for electricity) with honest repairs to one of the branches and the wing of the bird and two sconces missing. The wrought iron chain is probably the original. At Reeman Dansie in Colchester on February 12, it sold at £7800 to a bidding using thesaleroom.com.
2. Linwood Battle of Trafalgar vinaigrette
Among the best-known and most collectable of all Georgian vinaigrettes are those produced by the Birmingham maker Matthew Linwood in the Battle of Trafalgar. Quick off the mark with his souvenir trinket, Linwood’s box includes a gilt grille cast with depiction of HMS Victory, and the words Trafalgar, Oct 21, 1805.
To the cover is an engraved portrait of Nelson, inscribed 'England Expects Every Man Will Do His Duty'. This example sold to a bidder via thesaleroom.com for £4100 (estimate £2000-3000) at Bishop & Miller of Stowmarket on February 9.
3. Two ivory reliefs
Catalogued as 19th century but quite probably from two centuries earlier, two Continental European ivory reliefs sold for an unexpected £3600 at Peter Francis, Carmarthen, February 13. The panels, each in period ebonised frames, depicted similar classical scenes – one a study of Diana the huntress with other figures, the other a Bacchanalian group.
They measured approximately 5 x 6in (12 x 15cm) and were in good condition save the need for a full clean. The hammer price, tendered via thesaleroom.com, was many times the pre-sale estimate of £150-250, but it could well prove modest should a 17th century attribution be confirmed.
4. A Mark Brazier-Jones chair
The whacky furniture of Mark Brazier-Jones (b.1956) is displayed in many international museums. The pieces offered at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on February 12 as part of the Out of the Ordinary sale had been acquired by the owner when he worked with Brazier-Jones as a graphic designer.
An aluminium San Demas lounge chair, produced in 1992 as an artist proof prior to the final limited edition of 100, took £4700 while a first edition large-scale 'Lunar' lounge chair with white wool upholstery from 1998 made £4200.
5. An architecture model of the Piazza del Duomo
This 19th century Italian alabaster architecture model of the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa sold via thesaleroom.com for £4500 at Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham on February 6.
Among the more elaborate models available to Grand Tourists in the Victorian era, it measures 2ft (60cm) across beneath a glass cover (now cracked).