NEW YORK — Chocolate has been a delicacy for centuries, enjoyed around the world in a range of treats, from truffles to pudding to cookies and cakes. Its simplest and most enjoyable form is also its earliest: a hot drink. Fine dining demands all manner of specialized serving pieces, so, unsurprisingly, a canny silversmith designed the chocolate pot, a vessel exclusively for melting and serving chocolate.
NEW ORLEANS – Crescent City Auction Gallery will ring in the New Year with an Important Winter Estates Auction, scheduled for the weekend of January 21 and 22. Start times are 11 am Central time on Day 1 and 10 am Central time on Day 2. More than 800 lots will be offered during the two-day sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
DALLAS – Soon, silver lovers the world over will have a chance to own a portion of Dr. Charles Venable’s venerable collection as 100 pieces from his treasured assemblage go up for sale in Heritage Auctions’ Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu Signature® Auction on Nov. 16. Though the items in the diverse sale range from trays, tureens and tea sets to sauce boats, butter pats and even a whiskey flask and toast rack, they all have one thing in common: Each is an extraordinary example of an otherwise ordinary object. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Silver ruled the roost in Neue Auctions’ online-only Summer Estates auction held July 20, as five of the top ten lots were silver. The top seller was a Whiting sterling flatware service in the Lily pattern, totaling 112 pieces, with various monograms on most pieces and no monograms on 16 pieces, weighing a total of 129.90 oz. troy. The service brought $9,225.
MONROVIA, CA – John Moran’s Traditional Collector sale took place on April 28, and it delivered a robust mix of genres in the form of candlesticks, sconces, vases, mantel clocks, and more. Decorative objects came in an array of materials such as silver, bronze, glass, and crystal, and many pieces had gilt details. Paintings and sculptures also did well throughout the sale, pairing nicely with the Louis XVI furniture on offer.
NEW ORLEANS – Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Spring Estates auction will take place May 8 and 9, starting at 10 am Central time/11 am Eastern time on each day. Original oil paintings by iconic Louisiana artists Knute Heldner and Clementine Hunter; a 129-piece Gorham sterling flatware set in the La Scala pattern; ceramics by local potters, including examples of Newcomb pottery; vintage couture; and estate jewelry are among the 752 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.