Cartier and Tiffany silver set a high standard at Doyle’s sale
NEW YORK – Following the success of its inaugural Entertaining with Style auction, Doyle‘s second Entertaining with Style auction, held on February 14, saw competitive bidding from hundreds of buyers across the US and from abroad. This exciting auction category showcased an array of elegant items to inspire gracious entertaining at home, including delicate crystal and porcelain for the table, silver flatware, candlesticks and serving pieces, barware and furniture.
Highlighting the sale was an extensive sterling silver Des Must flatware service for 24 by Cartier from the Alice Kwartler collection that achieved $15,120, far surpassing its $7,000-$10,000 estimate. This distinctive pattern has a sophisticated contemporary style with gold accents.
The sale featured numerous porcelain dinner services for all tastes. A Haviland Limoges Matignon service from a North Shore residence decorated by Stephen Sills soared past its estimate of $700-$900 to realize a stunning $10,710. The highly decorative Matignon pattern is a reissue, having been originally introduced in 1880.
Sets of 12 sterling silver place card holders performed very strongly in the sale, perhaps signaling the return of dining in the grand style. A set of 12 shell-form place card holders by Tiffany & Co. sold for $4,775, and another leaf-form set of 12, also by Tiffany & Co., realized $3,780, each far exceeding their $1,000-$2,000 estimates.
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