Heritage to sell Peruvian silversmith Graziella Laffi’s work Nov. 7

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Important Graziella Laffi silver snake bowl, Lima, Peru, circa 1970, 11¼in. x 18¼in., 210.3 troy ounces. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A Louis XV-style mahogany bureau could earn top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ diverse Fine Silver & Decorative Arts Auction on Thursday, Nov. 7. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The François Linke Louis XV-style gilt bronze mounted mahogany bureau à cylindre, circa 1900 (estimate: $40,000-$60,000) with a finely chased mounts and a figural plaque to the reverse, this bureau reflects the fine attention to detail emblematic of the great furniture maker Francois Linke.

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François Linke Louis XV-Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Bureau à Cylindre, circa 1900. Heritage Auctions image

The auction starts with silver and features property from the family of Graziella Laffi, a collection of masterworks Laffi, an influential ambassador of ancient Peruvian art and silversmith whose jewelry and hollowware reflect the convergence of traditional Peruvian imagery and techniques with modern design. This will be the first public offering of masterworks by Laffi.

Projected to draw high interest are a pair of large Neoclassical-style gilt bronze mounted and malachite urns (estimate: $25,000-$35,000). A Raffaello Romanelli allegorical figure of Autumn as a Maiden (estimate: $20,000-$30,000), from the Collection of Toni Chapman Brinker and the late Norman Brinker, is being sold to benefit One Community, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization of which the focus is “to bring unity back into our communities.”

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A pair of large Neoclassical-style gilt bronze mounted and malachite urns, 38in. high. Heritage Auctions image

Another prominent dual lot in the sale is a pair of monumental Sèvres-style gilt bronze-mounted porcelain urns, circa 1900 (estimate: $20,000-$30,000). Each 67-inch urn, of baluster form and burgundy ground with flame finial, includes a removable dome cover. The body features a continuous landscape with couples and tropheé handles and a squared plinth below.

A Flemish wool and silk tapestry after a cartoon by Daniel Leyniers: “Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dreams,” Brussels, circa 1660 (estimate: $12,000-$18,000), recorded by Koenraad Brosen in 2008 as having an unknown location, is a splendid example now being offered to the public.

Among the top silver lots in the sale:

– A large and important Graziella Laffi silver snake bowl, Lima, Peru, circa 1970 (estimate: $10,000-$15,000) measures 11¼ by 18¼ inches, and is marked “G. Laffi, PERU.” The bulbous bowl is constructed with double walls, with a serpent motif in deep relief.

– A six-piece Tiffany & Co. Italian Pattern Silver Tea and Coffee Service, New York, circa 1869 (estimate: $8,000-$12,000) is a fine example of John C. Moore’s work for Tiffany & Co. with its classical forms and finely applied braided bands and chased decoration.

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Six-piece Tiffany & Co. Italian pattern silver tea and coffee service, New York, circa 1869, 182.4 troy ounces. Heritage Auctions image

– A Japanese Arthur & Bond repoussé silver footed center bowl, Yokohama, Japan, circa 1900 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) includes repoussé decoration bursting from the walls of a dragon with applied tendrils wrapping around the surface of the bowl and extending to high-relief cloud-form scrolls to foot.

– The sale also includes a selection from the holiday table, a curated selection of lots that includes porcelain and gilt glass lots. Among the top items:

– A 27-piece Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica pattern porcelain table service for four, Copenhagen, Denmark, mid-late 20th century (estimate: $5,000-$7,000)

– A 113-piece Herend Rothschild Bird pattern porcelain dinner service, 20th century (estimate: $4,000-$5,000)

– A 15-piece St. Louis Thistle pattern glassware champagne set, Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France, designed 1908 (estimate: $2,000-$3,000)

Collectors of objects of vertu will have a range of enameled and gold lots, with highlights that include:

– A Continental gilt silver, enamel, and gem-mounted nef, probably Hungarian, circa 1975 (estimate: $5,000-$7,000), modeled as a three-masted galleon, with a hull featuring red enameled accents and set with hard stones, and the sails enameled in cobalt blue.

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Continental gilt silver, enamel, and gem-mounted nef, probably Hungarian, circa 1975, 18½in. x 15 x 4½in. 108.7 ounces (gross). Heritage Auctions image

– A Continental gilt silver, enamel, and gem-mounted horse-drawn sleigh, probably Hungarian, circa 1975 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000), with a sleigh with engine-turned interior and exterior panels embellished with 27 amethysts and 45 pearls and a snowfield plateau anchored by four garnets.

Another appealing attraction among the objects of vertu are objects created in the manner of Fabergé, including:

– A 14K varicolored gold, guilloché enamel, diamond, and cabochon-mounted standing egg with an elephant-form surprise in the manner of Fabergé, late 20th century (estimate: $4,000-6,000), one of the late-20th century examples inspired by pre-Revolution Fabergé goldsmiths. Demand among collectors has grown for such eggs, especially those containing surprises.

– A 14K varicolored gold, guilloché enamel, diamond, and cabochon-mounted pillbox in the manner of Fabergé, late 20th century (estimate: $2,000-$3,000), featuring a free lid housed in a fitted case.

Other top lots include:

– A pair of Barbedienne Louis XVI-style malachite and gilt bronze candelabra, Paris, mid-19th century (estimate: $15,000-$25,000).

– An Edwards and Roberts inlaid satinwood parlor cabinet in the Adam taste, early 20th century (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).

– A fine French Napoleon-III gilt bronze and ebonized mahogany parlor cabinet, circa 1870 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).