The auction features an important and outstanding selection of 18th/19th century English and American silver; two rare and superlative ivory tankards, Vienna enamels, a large figural bronze and malachite clock. a fine Chinese Qianlong imperial dragon brush washer with Spink provenance, additional jades and porcelains, fine art, estate jewelry and furs.
The gallery is known for selling important silver and gold sporting trophies and in June the gallery sold the solid gold 1991 Kentucky Derby trophy for $137,400.
The offerings at the Oct. 15 auction give collectors an opportunity to acquire some rare and fine treasures. Highlighting the sale is a collection of English and American silver with some pieces not seen on the auction market in years. Brian Kogan, president of the gallery, commented that “the artistry of the 18th/19th century English silversmiths to capture the lifelikeness of animals, especially, the horse in silver and gold is unrivaled.”
The auction includes several such examples and most exemplary of this artistry is Lot 220, an impressive silver gilt sporting trophy with finely detailed standing thoroughbred horse finial and chased relief racing scene in a laurel leaf reserve. The 1803 trophy with Neo-Grecian heads and Greek key handles was won for the Bourough Bridge Races by the Earl of Darlington and John Ingleby Esq. and stands 18 inches high. There is also Lot 56 a George III silver gilt covered cup, dated 1814, by maker John Houle with four lion masks and a chased relief racing. The cup and cover weighs a hefty 120 ounces.
There are fine examples by Benjamin Smith, who in his career made silver masterpieces for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, the jewelers and silversmiths to the royal family from 1798 to 1843, including Lot 278, a pair of spectacular George III wine coolers with a whopping 349 ounces of silver including the silver liners. Also worthy of mention, is Lot 55, an extremely detailed silver gilt handled basket with grapes and leaves dated 1811, and Lot 58, a circa 1821-26 five-piece tea service with amazing chasing and ornamentation. The pieces by English silversmith Paul Storr are always in demand and Lot 277 is the biggest and finest tray by that maker to come to the auction block. Impressive in size at 27 1/2 inches long, the tray dates to 1816 and weighs 167 ounces.
A selection of Tiffany pieces are also up for bidding highlighted by Lot 131 a 14-piece Persian-style sterling silver gilt demitasse set, circa 1876-1891, with beautiful and intricate chasing of arabesques, vines, leaves and tendrils adorning the tray, cups and coffeepot. And in the sporting category the auction features Lot 219, a Tiffany & Co. 14kt solid gold trophy cup and cover for the 1964 Saratoga Special horse race, won by Sadair. The trophy weighs 16 ounces and is engraved with the name of the horse and the owner, Mary B. Hechts.
Worthy of special mention are two German 19th century ivory and silver mounted tankards. Both lots 160 and 276 are 15 inches high and are profusely carved with hunting parties and hounds. Both have meticulously carved dog finials and elaborately carved handles with masks of wild beasts. Another high qualithy ivory lot is Lot 275, an unusual and elaborate grouping, probably French 19th century, of seven freestanding individual figures in 18th century dress. The quality in carving and the attention to detail makes this set a standout. The central figure has the uncanny appearance of Thomas Jefferson. It is quite possible that the piece might have been done for the U.S. Centennial in 1876.
This auction has so many quality objets d’art and fine art that there is not enough room to list them all.
For information, condition reports, and/or detailed photographs, contact the gallery at 561-805-7115.
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