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Lot 382

Martin Baker and Jane Short Tricorn Dragons Bowl, London, 1993 Sterling silver and enamel Three...

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Lot 382

Martin Baker and Jane Short 
Tricorn Dragons Bowl, London, 1993 
Sterling silver and enamel 

Price Realised: Unsold Lot

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 382


Martin Baker and Jane Short 

Tricorn Dragons Bowl, London, 1993 
Sterling silver and enamel 
Three hand carved silver dragons supporting a triangular dish enamelled with vividly coloured flames 
21.5cm dia., 9cm high, approx. 61.9oz 

The Hamme Collection. 


The English, Welsh and Chinese dragons chase each other for eternity around the base of the objet d'art, their wings and tails supporting the bowl. Describing the symbolism behind the piece, Martin Baker explains that the Chinese dragon symbolises good luck, strength and health, while the English and Welsh dragons symbolise good and evil, and authority and power. Wax carving is one of Martin Baker's specialties, and he carved each dragon in keeping with its national identity. The bowl was pressed into a wooden former and the dragons modelled in wax, and then cast and oxidised (ageing with a solution) to darken the features.

The enamelling on the bowl, by Jane Short, represents the fiery breath of the dragons. The triangular profile of the dish was determined by the three dragons below it and the three sections on the dish give each dragon a distinct domain on the piece, unifying both dragons and dish, echoed by Jane's enamelled flame design. The dish was pressed onto a hard wood former and stoned up to finish. The dragons were hand carved out of blue wax and cast. 


Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over £1,000 as follows:
0 to £50,000 - 4%
£50,000.01 to £200,000 - 3%
£200,000.01 to £350,000 - 1%
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Exceeding £500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at £12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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