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halanb
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To paraphrase a well known exchange:

F.S. Fitzgerald: The rich, they are different than you and I.
E. Hemingway: Yeah, they buy stuff like this.

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173a – VERY UNUSUAL ANTIQUE INKWELL RESERVOIR PEN STAND DESK RECEPTION BELL PATENT NR
This very rare inkwell, pen stand, reception bell stands 200mm (8”) high x 170mm (7”) across and weighs 1kg. I have never seen anything quite like it before with a reception bell on top of an inkwell which has a glass float bottle mounted inside it which I assume is adjusted up and down to keep the ink at a constant level at the front. It has a very French look about it with the ormolu mounts, but the ceramic part looks English with a Sunderland luster style glaze? It dates to around the 1850’s and the bell and the pen rack are in good order , there is wear to the gilding and the inkwell does have an old repair but it is a very unusual piece of Victoriana and I am sure with a little research could be attributed to a specific manufacturer.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/300914207783?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_601wt_948

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That was just a taste, with the high dollar stuff yet to come.
I had been watching a Christie’s auction that finished several days ago.
I also looked up a previous Christie’s sale of the same item.

173b – A RUSSIAN BRONZE BELL
CIRCA 1875, AFTER EVGENY ALEXANDROVICH LANCERAY (1848-1886)
The handle modelled as a young boy with a shovel, the body with ‘EL’ for E. Lanceray,
marked with a foundry mark in Cyrillic and initials.
4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high

173c – A bronze table bell
by Evgenii Lanceray, circa 1875.
Of dome form, simulating a seamed sack, with a small boy, shovel in hand, clambering over the top and forming the handle, one side with large Cyrillic inscription ‘EL’ for E. Lanceray, marked with a foundry cachet dated 1875 and Cyrillic initials ‘F Sh’ for F. Chopin foundry.
4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high

The well known boy on a sack or boy on a coal pile.

I can guarantee that these were not sold to a bell collector, per se.
One might expect to pay $400 – $500 for an original.
Cheap and nasty recent Russian knockoffs sell in the $50 – $100 range.

CHRISTIE’S INTERIORS
4 June 2013, London, South Kensington
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/sculptures-statues-figures/a-russian-bronze-bell-circa-1875-after-5688286-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5688286&sid=bd3f0242-93c1-4e36-bb4c-b7f85bfc78ba

GALERIE POPOFF – AN ENDURING PASSION FOR RUSSIAN ART
12-13 October 2009, London, King Street
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-bronze-table-bell-by-evgenii-lanceray-5247376-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5247376&sid=bd3f0242-93c1-4e36-bb4c-b7f85bfc78ba

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