To specialise in the eclectic may seem odd but it is a fact that the more bizarre or extraordinary is a decorative or applied work of art the higher will be the price realised. These objects fit no category but Mellors & Kirk has long experience in identifying these winners of the auction world. As an example, take this tea caddy, inlaid in various woods and dating from the early 19th century it would be expected to bring £300-500. The unusual feature of a crocodile and the charming inscription under the lid propelled the price to a giddy £3,500.
Mellors & Kirk always select such speculative entries for our curated auctions.