A star lot in the sale is a Snow–Ball Blossoms vase, estimated date of manufacture 1756-1763, from the Royal Porcelain Factory, Meissen, Germany. The piece was designed by Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen’s master modeler who joined the porcelain manufactory in 1731. The piece bears the crossed-swords mark first used in 1724, and reflects Kaendler’s manner of decoration of the period. Based on a number of key factors, it is possible to determine that the vases were created during the Seven Years War, when Saxony was occupied by the army of Frederick the Great.
The substantial ivory offerings in the sale are of exquisite quality, ranging from netsukes and small detailed oriental figures to larger one-piece works of art and an outstanding one of a kind mammoth tusk with very intricate and interesting master carving work.
Some of the European offerings include a KPM lithophane, porcelains by Limoges, Dresden, Lladro, Royal Copenhagen and Sevres; as well as several pieces of WMF production, bronze pieces and Murano art glass. The list of choice selections continues with chandeliers, Art Deco lamps, music and jewelry boxes; and old European paintings.
The sale also features sterling silver medals, wristwatches by Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe and Chopard; and a vintage assortment of pocket timepieces from a private collection.
Lot 1270 is a Mediterranean red coral necklace of considerable value and rarity, and the closing piece of the sale is a magnificent gold-thread tapestry with flowers and stones.
For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Claudio Calderon at Carstens Galleries, 561-393-6067, or e-mail email@example.com.
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