Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Remarkable chance discoveries

Lawrences Auctioneers, Crewkerne Somerset

One of the most remarkable chance discoveries in years, an 11th-century Fatimid rock crystal ewer, with a market value of up to 5 million, surfaced in Lawrence's Auctioneers in Crewkerne, Somerset on the 17 January 2008. It was catalogued as; A French Claret jug the rock crystal body carved with animals, the silver gilt mounts with enamelled decoration, 19th century, 30cm. (cracked and damaged). In fitted box of Morel a Sevres. With an estimate of £100-200. Although the clues hidden in the body of the jug was overlooked. It was cut with foliage and stylized beasts that bears comparison in form and decoration to ewers made c1000-50 for the treasury of the Fatimid Caliphs of Egypt. However, after a fierce bidding war the hammer finally fell at £220,000 (plus 17.5 per cent buyers premium).

Lawrences Auctioneers

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