NEW YORK – A Hans Hansen Art Deco sterling silver sauce jug, a pair of George I silver candlesticks made in London in 1714, and a 19th-century silver vase from Germany will vie for top lot status at Jasper52’s American, English and Continental Silver auction, which will be conducted on Tuesday, September 6 at 8 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale boasts 138 lots in all, representing a wide range of antique, vintage and modern silver treasures. British-made standouts include a George III silver tankard and cover rendered in 1781 by the noted woman silversmith, Hester Bateman; a pair of late 18th-century George III silver entree dishes by artisan Robert Sharp; a pair of Victorian sterling silver coasters from 1838 by John Hunt; a George V silver cake basket created in 1924 by Charles and Richard Comyns; and a 1930 Modernist silver bowl on foot with handles by Sheffield silversmith Henry Wilkinson.
Works by Danish master Georg Jensen and his namesake, still-extant firm abound in the September 6 sale. These include an Art Nouveau teapot with an ebony knob and handle; a hammered sterling silver Art Deco vase, designed by Harald Nielsen; an early 20th-century sugar and cream set with ebony handles; a Mid-century Modern sterling silver bowl, designed by Sigvard Bernadotte; a scarce 1981 lunch service for six, designed by Henning Koppel; and examples from the Acorn, Pyramid and Acanthus lines of sterling silver flatware.
The first highlight is a large silver vase created in Germany. It dates to the 19th century and appears to be neither marked nor signed by any known silversmith. Its estimate is $1,500-$2,000.
Even more alluring is a pair of cast octagonal Britannia candlesticks, created in London in 1714 by Michael Boult. Described as “incredibly rare,” the lot notes also state the “bases have a stunning design of ‘drooping leaf’ workmanship for low lights and the octagonal tapering stems have elegant ‘ribbing’ around the central columns.” The pair is estimated at $15,000-$18,000.
The third, and arguably the most spectacular, highlight is a Hans Hansen Art Deco sterling silver sauce jug dating to 1938 and sporting an ebony handle. The sleek and pleasing piece of hollowware is described as being in “excellent condition” and carries an estimate of $2,000-$2,500.
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