The vase that was spotted under a table during a house liquidation is sold for £ 13,000 after it was recognized as a work by the famous 19th-century French potter
- Paul Totham was clearing the Richmond house from his late godmother
- Antiques expert Chris Kirkham was called to cast his eyes on personal belongings
- His excitement grew after identifying a colored vase, hidden under a table
- The large pot turned out to be a rare creation of the French potter Theodore Deck
A 2-foot tall 19th-century vase hidden under a table and forgotten was auctioned for £ 13,000.
The colored vase was owned by a music teacher who was not a collector and had no idea of its value, so he kept it hidden from his home.
Upon his death last year, his godson made sure that his home in Richmond, London, was liquidated with the contents sold.
Antiques expert Chris Kirkham of Hansons Auctioneers was named and recognized as a piece by the famous French potter Theodore Deck.
Deck was an important potter in the 1800s, whose work is highly sought after all over the world.
The colorful 2-foot tall 19th century vase, hidden under a table and forgotten, was sold at auction for £ 13,000
The vessel sold more than ten times its estimate on Saturday when it triggered a war of bidding at auction.
Finally, it was purchased by a European collector for a total of £ 13,000 at Hansons in London.
Surrey salesman Paul Totham, 55, said: ‘I had no idea it was so valuable.
‘We set a guide price of £ 500- £ 1,000 but would have been happy with the £ 400 auction.
It was so exciting to watch online sales. The price went up and up.
‘The vase belonged to my godmother who died in 2019 at the age of 85.
Antiques expert Chris Kirkham (pictured) was called to the Richmond property, owned by Paul Totham’s godmother, and identified the value of the pot that was hidden
The bottom of the vase revealed the distinctive stamp of the much sought after Theodore deck
WHO WAS THE THEODORE DECK?
Joseph-Théodore Deck, in full, was a 19th century French potter and an important figure in late 19th century art pottery.
Born in Guebwiller, Haut-Rhin, he began studying commerce in his first 20 years, moving to Paris at the age of 24.
In 1856 he founded his workshop of majolica (terracotta), Joseph-Théodore Deck Ceramique Française, and began to experiment with the styles of Islamic ceramics, and in particular the Iznik style.
There is a museum dedicated to Deck in the city of Guebwiller, while pieces of his world can be found all over France and launched up to the likes of Baltimore, in the United States.
‘I am co-executor of your estate and have been involved in cleaning your Richmond home.
‘The vase was under a table on the landing, not in a prominent place.
‘We didn’t realize it was special. We invited Chris Kirkham before the block to look at some objects, including some pieces of jewelry and a watch, when he spotted the vase.
‘We have no idea where it came from. My godmother was not an art collector. She was a music teacher who never married.
“The proceeds from the sale will go to the beneficiaries of his property.”
Kirkham said: “I saw the vase during a routine evaluation visit. It was hidden under a table by the stairs.
‘I was immediately excited. I recognized that it was the work of Theodore Deck.
Its monumental dimensions probably mean that it was made as an exhibition piece.
‘Deck was influenced by Chinese and Islamic designs with celadon and turquoise glazes. I recognized it by the turquoise glaze.
“I suggested that he could sell between £ 500 and £ 1,000, but being a fan of Deck, I’m glad it was sold ten times his estimate.”