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    The top lot at the enormously successful two day sale at Mount Congreve was a Regency Carlton House desk. It made 82,000.  Rare antique furniture, Oriental porcelain,

    This Regency Carlton House Desk sold for a hammer price of 82,000 at Mount Congreve. (Click on image to enlarge).

    mirrors, chandeliers and books were among the items that contributed to outstanding results.

    This blue and white baluster vase sold for 23,500 over an estimate of 2,000-3,000. It had been in an upstairs bedroom at Mount Congreve. (Click on image to enlarge).

    Oriental porcelain tended to sell at prices far above professional estimates. Most of the buyers for these pieces bid on the internet from Hong Kong and mainland China, or from England on the telephone.  A blue and white meiping vase estimated at up to 12,000 made 50,000. Traditionally used to display plum blossoms this one was fitted for electricity and sported a faint hairline crack. A pair of Kangxi vases, also adapted for electricity, made 34,000 over a top estimate of 8,000.  These are hammer prices to which approximately 25 per cent in commissions, fees and charges must be added.

    The auction of over 1,100 lots by Mealy’s in association with Christie’s was highly competitive and practically everything sold.  Around 10,000 people attended the viewing over three days.

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