One of seven lots of Dutch ‘white metal’ miniature tableware and furniture entered into a weekly general sale at Gorringe’s. This one made £4400.

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Arriving at the Lewes sale from the Tunbridge Wells branch, they had a collective top estimate of £1500 but, after a Dutch dealer registered interest, contributed £16,000 to the day’s total.

‘”He had picked up the listing on site,” said auctioneer Clifford Lansberry. “He took on the London trade over the phone and after protracted bidding took all five lots he targeted.”

Pieces ranged from the mid-18th century, with some by noted Amsterdam miniature silver specialist Daniel Van Strant, to the late-19th century.

Various items were offered as multi-lots at the May 13 sale. Shown here are a dozen examples including a ewer, a lantern and two quaich-style bowls. In one lot estimated at £150-250, they went back to the Netherlands at £4400.

Top-seller was a 42-item lot of English and Dutch miniature silver and white metal tableware including a chocolate pot, coffee pot and three teapots, also estimated at £150-250, which the Dutch dealer took at £4800.