A HUMBLE pair of cups and saucers has stunned by achieving more than 16 times its top estimate at a Herefordshire auction.

The pair of late 18th century Dresden cabinet cups and saucers decorated with reserves of figures on a puce ground stunned, sailing past their estimate of £50-80 to achieve £1,300.

The set was just one of the near 1,100 lots on offer in the sale, which also included items such as a gentlemen's 1970s Rolex Precision watch, diamond rings, and more, with the star ring achieving £9,000.

A Chinese silver tea service, with relief decoration of figures amongst prunus and bamboo with dragon handles, went under the hammer at Minster Auctions' two-day autumn fine art sale with an estimate of £1,500 to £3,000, but sold for an incredible £14,000.


And a painting from a private collection in Hay-on-Wye, a street scene of the French town Saint Valery-sur-Somme by the New Zealand artist Raymond Francis McIntyre, which was estimated at £3,000 to £5,000 sold for £8,500.

Other lots in the sale included furniture from the once-owners of Broadfield Court, a marquetry inlaid chest of drawers, an impressive collection of more than 4,000 butterflies, and plenty of medals. 

Minster Auctions spring fine art and collector’s sale will be held in March 2024 and entries are now being invited.