Giallo antico marble urn sold for £9000 at Bellmans.

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The 300 lots in the London property all found buyers in West Sussex as part of the antiques and interiors sale on January 15-16, totalling £165,000.

“We are delighted to report a 100% sale rate for Part I of selected items from this house in Belgravia,” said Harrison Goldman, specialist in charge of the sale.

“We received international interest online, over the phone and we had a crowded room with active bidders – a very positive start to 2024.”

Much of the material was decorative and featured both reproduction and antique pieces.

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Rosso antico marble tazza, £8500 at Bellmans.

It included two 19th century Italian marble tazzae that made the day’s highest prices. They were both described as being in the manner or style of Benedetto Boschetti, an Italian sculptor based in Rome who was well known for his works in bronze and stone after classical antique subjects, often supplied to visitors on the Grand Tour. Both tazzae had come from Christie’s 2012 auction of the collection of Will Fisher.

The smaller of the Bellmans pieces proved the more expensive. It measured 13¾in (35cm) in height and was carved from giallo antico marble with flutes to the bowl and stem, four handles and a rosette border under the rim set on a square plinth of breccia rosso and verde antico marble. It was catalogued as having some repairs and estimated at £1000-2000 but more than quadrupled this margin to take £9000.

The larger at 2ft 5in (74cm) high was carved from rosso antico marble with a gadrooned body, Medusa masks and entwined handles set on a variegated marble plinth. Expectations for this were set higher at £2000-4000 and it surpassed that level to take £8500.