NEW YORK – Beautiful decorative art – with an emphasis on sterling silver – worthy of a well-appointed home is offered in a Jasper52 online auction that will be conducted Wednesday, June 19. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Going up for bid early in the 129-lot auction is an eight-piece Art Deco sterling silver tea set (above) by Christofle/Cardeilhac of France. Founded in 1830, Christofle is famed for its elegant, traditional styling and legendary quality. As “Silversmith to the King,” Christofle has been France’s premier supplier of fine silver since the days of Louis-Philippe. The set is stamped with the Cardeilhac signature sterling silver hallmark as well as the French government’s head of the Minerva 1 hallmark certifying a minimum of 950 sterling silver. The set is expected to sell in the $14,000-$17,000 range.
Another exquisite piece is a Louis XVI covered 950 sterling silver vegetable server made in the late 1800s by Tetard of Paris. Privately commissioned pieces of unparalleled quality such as this were typically reserved for the kings and queens of Europe (est. $12,000-$14,000).
Also from 19th-century France is a finely made Empire inkwell. Its blown glass is cradled by heavily gilded silver with pierced decorative friezes, crossed feathers and laurel wreaths. The silver has the post-1838 French Minerva head stamp with a numeral 1, denoting 950 (Britannia) silver assay. The diamond shaped stamp has “A & L,” which is cataloged in the list of French silversmiths, but the name is not known (est. $1,500-$2,000).
Two superb hand-carved walnut bergères – one from Belgium, the other from France – are beautifully dressed in rust chinoiserie fabric (probably Lee Joffa or Scalamandre) with burnished gold trim. The back of the armchairs are in a complementary fabric. They have no visible restoration or repairs (est. $900-$1,100). Matching pillows are included.
Several bronze sculptures are offered in the auction including a 19½-inch-tall figure of a young woman by Hippolyte Francois Moreau (1832-1927). It dates to the early 1900s and carries a $3,000-$4,000 estimate.
Staying with the French theme, a signed “R. Lalique” clear and frosted glass “Nemours’ Bowl” has a $1,400-$1,500 estimate. The concentric pattern on this 10-inch bowl features a deeply molded flowers having black enameled centers.
Among the lots bearing the highest estimates in the Jasper52 auction are a half dozen French sterling silver flatware sets.
This Jasper52 auction will be held Wednesday, June 19, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time.