The auction will feature an important English 18th and early 19th century silver collection. This local silver collection was collected over the past 40 years and is most notable for selection of pieces by England’s most important and collectible silversmiths, Paul De Lamarie, Paul Storr and Hester Bateman. This auction will be the gallery’s best silver collection to date and the most important collection to come across the block in Florida.
The De Lamarie pieces are the most prized works of English silver makers and pieces by him are rare and, when available, sought after by collectors. The collection features three pieces by the silversmith master including a George II mug dated 1733, a George II snuffer tray from 1734, and a sublime George I brandy warmer dated 1719. The rarity of De Lamarie pieces is well known among silver collectors.
The quality of pieces by Paul Storr is well represented including a fine George II coffee pot, dated 1817, with serpent and mask terminals; a set of four sterling silver entrée dishes and covers from 1827, and a fine silver basket, dated 1822. The best Storr lot is a George III silver gilt cup and cover dated 1808 of campana form with chased laurel leaf bands and reeded handles ending in Bacchus masks. The piece at 14 1/2 inches high is the largest and most impressive Storr piece ever offered by the gallery.
This silver collection has additional pieces to include an important William III punch bowl by William Fawdery, London, dated 1701, with grotesque mask ring handles; a George III soup tureen and cover, dated 1815 by William Pitts and Josh Preedy; an important George III silver gilt basket by Benjamin and Jas. Smith dated 1811, with grapevine border; and a Hester Bateman teapot, dated 1790. Additional pieces include a rare Gorham Martele center bowl; a large Tiffany silver tankard; a fine Russian silver tea caddy by Victor Savinko dated 1887, and several Chinese Export pieces including a Takara Bune boat.
The auction will also feature antiques and fine art from local estates to include English and American 18th/19th century furniture; Meissen; Herend, bronzes, bronze clocks, important jade, ivory, a collection of important Zitan objects to include a pair of highly important zitan wood gourd-shape wall vases with imperial Qianlong poem inscriptions, a large gilt-bronze 16th century Buddhist guardian figure, old Paris porcelains, snuff bottles, pietra dura and ormolu box, Miyao bronze archer, fine art by William Bromley, John Francis Murphy, Joan Miro, Salvador Viniegra y Lasso, Bernard Buffet, and much more. Over 300 lots will be offered on the evening of Monday, Oct. 24.
For more information and images of this outstanding collection see the Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches’ website at www.AGOPB.com or call 561-805-7115 and ask for Mr. Leslie Baker or Brian Kogan. Live auction bidding with Liveauctioneers.com or absentee and phone bidding is available. A preview will begin in the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 20.
The gallery is located at 1609 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
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