MUNICH, Germany – Once again, Hermann Historica will present a number of rarities and showpieces in its multi-day online-only sale taking place from June 20 to 24. During the course of the week, 3,330 highly diverse objects will come under the hammer in five main categories. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Art and antiques, June 20
The online auctions kick off on Monday, June 20, with 815 lots of objets d’art, Asian art and antiques. As a rule, the name Tiffany & Co. conjures up an image of sparkling diamonds, but the firm’s mastery of silver is formidable. Lot number 7277 showcases a pair of embellished Tiffany & Co. silver ladles with sweeping, curved handles, offered with their original storage case and estimated at €300-€600.
Also featured in the June 20 lineup is a group of 50 antique locks and keys. Of particular note is lot number 7474, a fabulously decorated door lock dating from circa 1720 and estimated at €350-€700.
Among the works of Asian art, an intricately decorated Chinese famille rose teapot is a standout. Its individual cartouches contain exceptionally delicately painted figurative tableaux and also butterflies with rose petals. In excellent condition, this teapot from the late Qing dynasty carries an estimate of €1,200-€2,400.
Antique arms and armor from all over the world, June 21
Antique arms and armor take center stage on Tuesday, June 21. Heading the parade of 322 lots is a late 19th-century silver-mounted shashka, which was forged in the Caucasian region. The sword is estimated at €1,200-€2,400.
Also exceptionally imposing is a hussar’s saber, made in Poland or Hungary during the second half of the 17th century. Its slightly curved blade boasts two sickle marks and crosses. It comes with a black leather scabbard and is estimated at €2,200-€4,400.
Five centuries of antique and modern firearms, June 22
On Wednesday, June 22, almost 900 lots of firearms will turn bidders’ heads. This auction is in a class of its own, offering scores of basic weapons certain to tempt the newcomers in the audience, while seasoned bidders will be unable to resist filling any gaps in their collections.
Two beautiful models among the flintlock pistols merit special mention. Lot number 9096 spotlights a circa-1740 French example boasting an exquisitely carved ornamental full stock and magnificent brass furniture. This delicate piece by Daniel Thiermay is estimated at €1,600-€3,200.
The second antique flintlock pistol of note is a special edition by none other than the legendary gunsmith Franz Breitenfelder. Its dark marbled grain accentuates the beauty of its ornate silver furniture. Made during the first half of the 18th century, the long pistol is estimated at €3,500-€7,000.
The current rate of exchange is €1 = $1.06.
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