Published: July 4, 2000
Mark Oliver, of the Doulton department at Phillips in London, conducted the auction on June 14. The 101 lots offered brought a total of $236,060, which exceeded the presale estimate by more than $50,000. Active telephone bidders from the UK competed for several lots. The first half of the Merritt collection was offered by Phillips in New York in 1992.
The top seller on June 14 was Shylock, a rare Vellum figure introduced in 1893, in an ivory, spot-printed and dusted brown-gold, which sold for $12,650. A rare Vellum figure, Jester Kneeling, circa 1902, probably designed by C.J. Noke, sold for $9,775.
Princess Badoura, HN 2081, a prestige figure designed by H. Tittensor, H. Stanton and F. Van Allen Phillips, introduced in 1952, but noting that this particular example was made to order in the 1970s, sold for $9,200. The catalogue also noted that The Figure of Princess Badoura is taken from the tale of The Arabian Knights, and that there was over 200 hours of work involved in the creation, including 160 hours for the decorating process alone.
Another piece with the original Doulton paper label, Morrish Piper Minstrel, is a very rare experimental flambe model by C. J. Noke, dated 1919, and sold for $9,775 to a very active floor bidder and collector from Florida.
The other half of the dual catalogue offered approximately 230 lots of jewelry in a second session. A platinum, diamond and sapphire ring centering a round diamond weighing 1.44 carats between a pair of triangular sapphires, mounted by Cartier and accompanied by a GIA (gemological) report, sold for $10,637 to a local St Louis floor bidder. An antique diamond and ruby necklace, featured on the cover of the catalogue, was purchased by a New York telephone bidder for double its presale estimate at $5,520.
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