A Persian Copper Pedestal Bowl of fine quality was the outstanding highlight of Tennants Auctioneers’ Country House Sale on 13th May, when it sold for £20,000 (plus buyer’s premium). The bowl, which was lavishly decorated with calligraphy and figures and animals in a garden, was possibly made in the 17th century in the Safavid Empire. The Safavid dynasty was one of Iran’s most significant ruling dynasties, which reigned from 1501 to 1736 and is considered the beginning of modern Iranian history.
Elsewhere in the sale, seated furniture was much in demand, with a pair of Howard & Sons Deep-Seated Armchairs from the late 19th/early 20th century selling for £4,000, a George III Mahogany Armchair from the late 18th century selling for £2,600, and a George I Walnut Dining Chair from the early 18th century selling for £2,500. Performing well above estimate, too, was a J Kendell & Co set of late 19th century dining chairs (sold for £2,500), and a good cast iron Nasturtium Pattern Garden Garden Set bearing the Coalbrookdale stamp (sold for £2,200).
A busy saleroom filled with private buyers led to strong prices throughout. Notable results were seen for A Needlework Picture worked by Emma Poole in 1636 (sold for £1,100), an Oak Eight Day Longcase Clock by Alex Geroust of Coventry Street, London (sold for £1,200), a Japanese Writing/Calligraphy Box of the Meiji Period (sold for £1,500), and a Still Life of Flowers in the Manner of Simon Pietersz. Verelst (sold for £1,900).
The Country House Sale achieved a total hammer price for 739 lots of £247,370.