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Charterhouse were very pleased to sell an Italian maiolica istoriato pottery charger for a staggering £460,000 plus premium and VAT, despite having a chip.

We visited the client in a Somerset cottage who wanted to downsize and move near to her family. Amazingly, this pottery charger, which dates to 1540, was mounted in a coat hanger wire frame and hung on a wall behind the kitchen door. Having removed the charger from the wall, it was taken back to our salerooms where research started to properly identify the charger. After several months of research, the charger was entered into an auction dedicated to it, such was the importance of this one lot.

Viewing for this Italian charger, which tells the story of King Herod and Salome, was by appointment only, with many dealers, academics and collectors making the journey to our salerooms. On the auction day, there was not much standing room and even our Town Mayor made an appearance. The hammer finally fell at £460,000 to a Bond Street dealer bidding on the telephone.

All of our auctions use live internet bidding platforms to ensure that every lot, whether it is worth £20 or £500,000, reaches the widest possible market and sells for the best price possible. In the run up to an auction we receive 100’s of emails requesting further information for lots in the sale. Attached to these email replies, we regularly send well over 1,000 digital images, such is the huge interest generated in our auctions.

For further information regarding European Ceramics, or any other special items you wish us to value or auction, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

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    Opening Hours We are open from Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Please come to the saleroom at any time for a free verbal valuation. Our Sale Rooms in Long Street, Sherborne, Dorset From The North Leave the M5 at Junction 25 and follow signs for Yeovil and then Sherborne. Sherborne Castle is on the South East side of the town. From the East From the M3 take the A303 signposted Sherborne (via Wincanton) From The West Take the A30 from Exeter and Honiton and follow signs to Yeovil then Sherborne If you are thinking of staying in the area, the telephone number for Sherborne Tourist Information is 01935 815341 accommodation we have recommended in the past, in order of proximity, includes;
    • The Eastbury Hotel 01935 813131
    • Bridleways 01935 814716
    • The White Post 01935 851525
    A useful website for accommodation is