DALLAS – A collection from a Dallas socialite of extraordinary mid-century silver by famed Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, including iconic works by designer Henning Koppel, will headline Heritage Auctions’ Silver & Vertu auction April 24. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“Hennig Koppel’s background as a sculptor is strongly reflected in the extraordinary sculptural pieces he designed for Georg Jensen,” said Karen Rigdon, Heritage Auctions’ Silver & Decorative Art. “The allure of Koppel’s work continues to grow, generating significant interest from serious collectors well in advance of the auction.”
The top lot in the Jensen collection is Koppel’s 1954 silver fish dish and cover No. 1026: Cod Fish (estimate: $80,000-$120,000). The sleek, streamlined dish (above) could serve as a centerpiece in a modernist or traditional setting.
Other top lots from the Jensen collection include:
· Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen silver water pitcher No. 1052: The Swan: $10,000-$15,000 (below).
· Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen Silver Water Pitcher No. 992: The Pregnant Duck: $8,000-$12,000
· Large Verner Panton for George Jensen silver tray in original box: $6,000-$9,000.
· Six-piece Georg Jensen Blossom pattern silver coffee service with accessories: $6,000-$8,000.
· Sixty-piece Georg Jensen Caravelle pattern silver flatware service: $4,000-$6,000.
“Hennig Koppel’s forms are sculptural masterpieces, with exaggerated curves and smooth, finely hand-hammered surfaces that draw in the viewer,” Rigdon said. “Among his body of work, none of his forms is more coveted than the coveted fish platter and the pregnant duck pitcher that highlight this collection of extraordinary silver.”
Also featured in the sale is a Francis Richardson Sr. silver tankard (estimate: $5,000-$7,000). Made in Philadelphia, circa 1710, it boasts a tapered body with the expected patina of age, an S-scroll handle with applied bearded rattail terminating with an engraved shield. The shield-form terminal, dome and handle are engraved with the letters “ES.” The identity of the monogram is not known, but there is speculation that it was created for Richardson’s stepfather, Edward Shippen. Early American silver is rare, and pieces by Richardson are extremely rare, with only two other drinking vessels known to exist.
A Continental silver figural 10-light candelabra centerpiece, 20th century (estimate: $20,000-$30,000) stands 32¼ inches high and weighs 431.85 troy ounces. The centerpiece (below) has an oval base with case cartouche attached with a screw and bolt to front center, and a finely chased cast stag – with five lights set in each antler – rests on the flat top.
A Paul Storr Regency silver tea urn, London, 1817 (estimate $15,000-$25,000) is of neoclassical form, set on a square plinth with a gadrooned edge to stepped foot, and with the body, spigot and handles of bound tea leaves. The straight neck flares to the rim with a beaded band, which is repeated on the lid crowned with cast spiraled foliate finial, engraved above spigot with arms, crest and the motto: “AD METAM” (Latin for “the goal”).
The sale features 29 items from the Collection of Connie McNally, a renowned silver expert who was the former editor and publisher of Silver magazine who has been a panel member on several silver symposiums, given lectures at New York University and has been named Best Antique Dealer in San Diego numerous times. Among the highlights from her collection:
· A large Hungarian silver standing vase, Budapest, circa 1900 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
· An Austro-Hungarian Jugendstil silver kettle with chafing stand, Vienna, 1872-1922 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
· A large whiting Manufacturing Co. silver covered urn, Providence, Rhode Island, 1913 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
· A Harald Nielsen silver bowl for Georg Jensen, Copenhagen, post-1945 (estimate: $2,500-$3,500).
· A Russian silver divided serving dish, St. Petersburg, 1857 (estimate: $2,500-$3,500).