Found at Vinnies, asking $4000 up

By Peter Fish | The Australian Financial Review | Saleroom | Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Flea market “finds” are a legend in auction house lore.

Shapiro, in Sydney’s Woollahra, which specialises in 20th century wares as well as more conventional art and antiques, has turned up a few. In December, it offered a rare ceramic box by Dagobert Peche of Germany’s Wiener Werkstätte design school which sold for $3720, including buyer’s premium. Auctioneer Andrew Shapiro said its vendor picked it up for $10 at a flea market in Rozelle in Sydney’s inner west.

The April sale includes colonial silver hollow ware by convict silversmith Alexander Dick, which was discovered by the vendor at a St Vincent de Paul store in Mosman.

The cream jug, pictured, 10cm high and apparently bearing clear hallmarks, is estimated at $4000 to $6000.

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