NEW YORK – On Tuesday, May 10, starting at 7 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct a sale of Fine Sterling Silver and Decorative Art. The carefully curated auction features just 57 lots that nonetheless represent a deep and broad survey of the silversmith’s art. Earning a place in the lineup is a Georgian-style sterling silver epergne centerpiece, fitted with four baskets and dating to 1909; a pair of 1809 shell-shaped Georgian Rococo Revival sauce boats; and a five-piece Victorian tea and coffee silver set with kettle.
The highlights continue with a circa-1880 French silver gilt, glass and enamel inkstand clock; a sterling silver and wood horseshoes game set from 1996 in a velvet-lined case, a 1763 George III silver tea caddy with chinoiserie decoration, a 1937 pair of sterling silver ewers by Omar Ramsden, and a mid-century Georg Jensen vegetable tureen, dish and cover, part of pattern no. 228. Also included in the sale are: an Art Nouveau table clock from 1913 in the Tree of Life design, a George II silver gilt lidded trophy dating to 1738, a four-piece silver condiment set created by Gerald Benney in 1968, a pair of solid silver pheasants, a cock and a hen, rendered in Germany in 1938 but featuring an English import mark; a George III sterling silver basket for cake, bread or fruit, with an elaborately detailed rim; a solid silver lidded box or bowl, made in Iran circa 1940; antique candlesticks, tankards and trays; and a large French silver cigar box from 1910. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Silver collectors must have at least one proper tea service or set. Featured in the May 10 auction is a Victorian-era five-piece set from 1881-1882, comprising a kettle on stand, a tea pot, a coffee pot, a cream or milk jug and a sugar bowl. All feature chased borders and beaded rims, and the jug and bowl have gilded interiors. Fabricated in London by Martin & Hall, the eye-pleasing set is estimated at $13,000-$16,000.
Taking fancy to new heights is a 1771 swing-handled George III sterling silver basket for fruit, bread or cake, estimated at $9,000-$11,000. Among its decorations are an elegant pierced pattern, a strikingly elaborate cast floral border, stylized dragons on the handle and a large engraved armorial in the center.
The final highlight is a pair of Arts & Crafts sterling silver ewers or flagons, created in 1937 by British silversmith Omar Ramsden. One is believed to be a coffee pot and the other a hot water jug, and while they are similar, they are not identical. The larger of the two stands 36.1 centimeters (a bit above 14in) high, and the smaller one is 22.8 centimeters (almost nine inches). Each has a wide octagonal base, hinged domed lids, and beautifully arched handles. Offered together, they are estimated at $16,000-$19,000.
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