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American, English and Continental Silver shines in April 11 auction

William and Mary silver tazza made in London in 1692 by William Gamble (shown from the top), estimated at $19,000-$23,000
William and Mary silver tazza made in London in 1692 by William Gamble (shown from the top), estimated at $19,000-$23,000

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, April 11, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale of American, English and Continental silver. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The 167-lot auction features a pleasing range of types and forms from the last few centuries of silversmithing. Of particular note are a Queen Anne Britannia monteith bowl made in London in 1711 by Isaac Dighton; a 166-piece set of 19th-century French Louis XVI-style sterling flatware that fills two chests; a delicate-looking pair of wine coasters from 1860 by British silversmiths Edward and John Barnard; a Thomas Shepherd George III tea caddy dating to 1795; a late 19th-century Parisian silver and crystal claret jug by Edward Tetard; and a circa-1760 Dutch sugar caster.

Of course there are numerous examples of beverage-serving wares, among them an eight-piece Puiforcat tea and coffee set from the 19th century; a 10-piece Christofle tea and coffee set in the Renaissance pattern; a circa-1890s Gustave Keller eight-piece tea set; and a George II brandy pan made in London in 1729 by James Gould.

Savory & Sons early to mid-19th-century nine-piece silver tea and coffee set, estimated at $24,000-$29,000
Savory & Sons early to mid-19th-century nine-piece silver tea and coffee set, estimated at $24,000-$29,000

While it’s possible to have a sale of American, English, and Continental silver with nothing by Georg Jensen, it would be silly. Fortunately, the organizers of the April 11 sale are not silly. Choices include a set of six Acorn pattern butter knives; a set of five nut picks or cocktail picks made between 1933 and 1944; a fish knife and fork in the Lily of the Valley pattern; a Harald Nielsen for Georg Jensen silver goblet, impressive in its minimalism and austerity; and a set of Acanthus pattern sugar tongs.

Highlights from the auction are led by an early to mid-19th-century nine-piece tea and coffee set by Savory & Sons, which has an estimate of $24,000-$29,000. The set comprises a samovar, a coffee pot, a teapot, a sugar bowl, two pitchers for milk or cream, two dessert serving platters, and a tray.

Another standout appears in the form of a William and Mary tazza, created in London in 1692 by William Gamble. The circular plate, which has a fine outer lobed decorated border, was in turn mounted on a stylistically matching raised pedestal foot. Its estimate is $19,000-$23,000.

Selection from a French 19th-century silver and vermeil flatware set comprised of almost 300 pieces, estimated at $38,000-$46,000
Selection from a French 19th-century silver and vermeil flatware set comprised of almost 300 pieces, estimated at $38,000-$46,000

A third highlight is a French 19th-century silver and vermeil set of flatware consisting of 296 pieces and described as being in “excellent condition.” It has an estimate of $38,000-$46,000.

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