A celebrated goldsmith's vase drew worldwide interest as it went for a record price at a recent auction.

Cotswold auctioneers, Kinghams, hosted a spring Silver & Objects of Vertu sale on Friday, March 22, which included the sale of 500 lots.

The auction took place at its centre in Moreton.



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Associate director, Matthew Lafite said: "We were delighted with the interest generated from our latest sale.

"The results were excellent, and we hope to continue to build the reach of the department and breadth of sales."

A silver and enamel butterfly vase by renowned goldsmith Fred Rich became the top lot of the sale.

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The item fetched £17,420, setting a new record for one of his vases.

Mr Lafite added: "The Fred Rich vase achieved a very strong result.

"Unsurprisingly, it was hotly contested by buyers in the room, multiple internet platforms, and two telephone bidders.

"The piece was a fantastic example of Fred Rich’s work, and we were delighted to have handled it.

"It was uncovered locally, on the windowsill of a fine Cotswold stone manor house.

"This object had it all."

Other notable items included a Cartier-made 18 carat gold box, which an international buyer purchased for £10,400.

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A large silver casket commemorating Napoleon's triumph sold for £5,460, and a pair of German silver knight figures, complete with shields and swords, went to a UK buyer for £5,200.

The auction featured a range of Asian silver, including an Indian Kutch four-piece tea service with serpent-shaped handles, which sold to an online bidder for £2,210.

A highlight was an Edwardian silver and parcel-gilt naturalistic bowl in the Japonesque style, designed by Dr Christopher Dresser for Hukin & Heath, which sold for £2,470.

Mr Lafite said: "There is a strong, almost insatiable demand, for good quality, special items, which are fresh to the market.

"It is amazing the depth of quality items that we see, not only locally in the Cotswolds but all over the country more broadly."

The next Silver & Objects of Vertu sale is set for Friday, June 14.