American, English, and Continental Silver sets the table at Jasper52 Feb. 27

Christofle six-piece sterling silver tea set, dating to the 1890s and estimated at $23,000-$28,000 at Jasper52.

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, February 27, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present its next sale of American, English, and Continental Silver, featuring precisely 155 lots of masterful treasures from across the ages. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Leading the highlights is a handsome pair of early 20th-century German silver candelabra, estimated at $12,000-$14,000. Both stand slightly taller than 16in, and both are stamped ‘835’, indicating the purity of the silver on a scale that tops out at 1,000.

More spectacular still is a Christofle six-piece sterling silver tea set, dating to the 1890s and estimated at $23,000-$28,000. The set consists of a samovar (water heater) with stand, a hot chocolate server, a teapot, a water server, and a sugar bowl and a creamer pot, both with vermeil interiors, and also a tray.

Completing the highlights is an exquisite example of Judaica: a pair of early 20th-century silver rimonim, or torah finials, by Simon Zimmerman. Described as ‘rare’, each stands 14in tall and are together estimated at $4,000-$5,000.

American, English and Continental Silver shines in April 11 auction

William and Mary silver tazza made in London in 1692 by William Gamble (shown from the top), estimated at $19,000-$23,000
William and Mary silver tazza made in London in 1692 by William Gamble (shown from the top), estimated at $19,000-$23,000

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, April 11, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale of American, English and Continental silver. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Choice and stylish selections in Sept. 6 all-silver auction

Hans Hansen Art Deco sterling silver sauce jug, est. $2,000-$2,500
Hans Hansen Art Deco sterling silver sauce jug, est. $2,000-$2,500
Hans Hansen Art Deco sterling silver sauce jug, est. $2,000-$2,500

NEW YORK – A Hans Hansen Art Deco sterling silver sauce jug, a pair of George I silver candlesticks made in London in 1714, and a 19th-century silver vase from Germany will vie for top lot status at Jasper52’s American, English and Continental Silver auction, which will be conducted on Tuesday, September 6 at 8 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Christine Biddle Wainwright collection was highlight of Doyle Americana sales

Thomas Sully portrait of Commodore James Biddle, $94,500
Thomas Sully portrait of Commodore James Biddle, $94,500
Thomas Sully portrait of Commodore James Biddle, $94,500. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Americana Week at Doyle topped $1.9 million as bidders from coast to coast competed during two days of sales on May 3 and 4. Showcased were paintings and prints, high style and country furniture, silver, folk art and Chinese export porcelain. The week was highlighted by property from the Christine Biddle Wainwright collection. With competitive bidding, the sales totaled a successful $1,931,185, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $1,103,025-$1,758,575, with 92% sold by lot and 100% sold by value.

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Harvard Art Museums receive American silver gift

Joseph Richardson Sr., American (Philadelphia 1711-1784), the Hannah Emelen Logan teapot, c. 1745. American, silver and wood, 14cm (5 1/2in.), 539 g. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, the Pollack collection, gift of Daniel A. Pollack AB ’60 and Susan F. Pollack AB ’64, 2020.199
Joseph Richardson Sr., American (Philadelphia 1711-1784), the Hannah Emelen Logan teapot, c. 1745. American, silver and wood, 14cm (5 1/2in.), 539 g. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, the Pollack collection, gift of Daniel A. Pollack AB ’60 and Susan F. Pollack AB ’64, 2020.199
Joseph Richardson Sr., American (Philadelphia 1711-1784), the Hannah Emelen Logan teapot, c. 1745. American, silver and wood, 14cm (5 1/2in.), 539 g. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, the Pollack collection, gift of Daniel A. Pollack AB ’60 and Susan F. Pollack AB ’64, 2020.199

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard Art Museums have received a gift of 21 works of 18th-century American silver from the collection of Daniel A. Pollack and Susan F. Pollack. The gift comprises a range of vessels and table implements intended for domestic use, including cups, bowls, spoons, tankards and teapots crafted by noted silversmiths from Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

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Circa-1880 Japonesque knife set carves new world record at Heritage

Circa-1880 silver and mixed metal Gorham Mfg. Japonesque fruit knife set, $45,000
Circa-1880 silver and mixed metal Gorham Mfg. Japonesque fruit knife set, $45,000
Circa-1880 silver and mixed metal Gorham Mfg. Japonesque fruit knife set, $45,000

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 16 Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu Signature® Auction soared to nearly $1.2 million. Leading the sale was a 12-piece Gorham Mfg. Japonesque fruit knife set that earned a world-record $45,000. The circa-1880 silver and mixed metal set came from the collection of Dr. Charles Venable, a former museum curator who amassed an enviable assemblage of American-made silver from the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Freeman’s American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts sale totals $1.64M

44-star flag commemorating Wyoming statehood, $63,000
44-star flag commemorating Wyoming statehood, $63,000
44-star flag commemorating Wyoming statehood, $63,000

PHILADELPHIA Freeman’s November 10 American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts auction was characterized by competitive bidding on American national flags, American silver, early American furniture, and 19th-century paintings. The sale achieved an impressive $1.64 million.

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Colonial Williamsburg acquires Paul Revere silver tankard

Tankard, Marked by Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818), Boston, Massachusetts, ca. 1795, silver, Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund, 2021-45
Tankard, Marked by Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818), Boston, Massachusetts, ca. 1795, silver, Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund, 2021-45
Tankard, Marked by Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818), Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1795, silver, Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund, 2021-45

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has added to its renowned American and British silver collection a rare tankard made circa 1795 by America’s best-known colonial silversmith, Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818) of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Colonial Williamsburg lauds extraordinary gift with exhibit to open June 26

Mahogany and white pine bombe chest of drawers made in Boston circa 1770
Mahogany and white pine bombe chest of drawers made in Boston circa 1770
Chest of drawers, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1770, bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage, 1990-293

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Earlier this year, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation announced the most significant single American decorative arts bequest in its 90-year history: The Joseph H. and June S. Hennage collection, with its more than 400 objects of various media, including American furniture and miniature furniture, American silver, and Chinese porcelain that will transform Colonial Williamsburg’s already renowned collections. To celebrate this momentous bequest, an exhibition of approximately 50 highlighted objects, A Gift to the Nation: The Joseph and June Hennage Collection, will open in the Miodrag and Elizabeth Ridgely Blagojevich Gallery at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the newly expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, on June 26 and remain on view through 2023. While the items selected for the exhibition represent only a fraction of the overall collection, they will illustrate the Hennages’ exceptional taste and collecting style, the American origins and family histories of the objects, and the couple’s passion for American decorative arts.

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