World Record Price for Martin Brothers

28th June 2013

The Arts & Crafts sale on the 19th of June at Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Saleroom covered a variety of fine glass, ceramics and metal-ware with high prices in all sections.

The highest price of the day and beating the previous world record set by the saleroom in November, lot 121 - a fine large Martin Brothers stoneware bird sculpture by Robert Wallace Martin, dated 1891 caused a ruffling of feathers from collectors around the world. 

The piece, from a private collection and standing at an impressive 42cm high may not be quite to everyone's taste but with a full compliment of telephone bidders and international interest the lot quickly surpassed the upper estimate to sell for £81,750* to a private American collector.

Michael Jeffery, head of the 20th century department commented 'The result of the Martin ware section shows the strength of the Arts & Crafts market and the world record price for the bird confirms Woolley and Wallis' position as market leaders in this area.' 

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