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A mid-18th-century Belgian silver chocolate pot by Jacobus van de Vyvere brought $5,204 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2017. Image courtesy of Dreweatts Donnington Priory and LiveAuctioneers.

Chocolate pots hit the sweet spot with collectors

A mid-18th-century Belgian silver chocolate pot by Jacobus van de Vyvere brought $5,204 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2017. Image courtesy of Dreweatts Donnington Priory and LiveAuctioneers.

A mid-18th-century Belgian silver chocolate pot by Jacobus van de Vyvere brought $5,204 plus the buyer’s premium in March 2017. Image courtesy of Dreweatts Donnington Priory and LiveAuctioneers.

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.

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Clementine Hunter, ‘Hauling Cotton,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

Crescent City Auction presents important estate holdings, Jan. 21-22

Clementine Hunter, ‘Hauling Cotton,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

Clementine Hunter, ‘Hauling Cotton,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

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.

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Tiffany & Co. covered tureen, est. $5,000-$7,000

Premier silver from curator’s collection to star at Heritage, Nov. 16

Tiffany & Co. covered tureen, est. $5,000-$7,000

Tiffany & Co. covered tureen, est. $5,000-$7,000

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.

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Reed and Barton sterling silver tea service, $6,765

Silver took first place at Neue’s July 24 auction

Reed and Barton sterling silver tea service, $6,765

Reed and Barton sterling silver tea service, $6,765

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.

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Paul Revere 10in silver tankard, estimated at $50,000-$70,000

Large group of Paul Revere silver graces Heritage May 20 sale

Paul Revere 10in silver tankard, estimated at $50,000-$70,000

Paul Revere 10in silver tankard, estimated at $50,000-$70,000

DALLAS – Nine lots from the Donald G. Partrick Collection by the famed American Silversmith Paul Revere Jr., highlight Heritage Auctions’ Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu auction on May 20. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Maison Odiot French sterling silver dish, sold for $9,375

Traditional antiques held appeal at John Moran’s April 28 sale

Maison Odiot French sterling silver dish, sold for $9,375

Maison Odiot French sterling silver dish, sold for $9,375

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.

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Knute Heldner, ‘Singing by the Mississippi River,’ estimated at $25,000-$35,000

Crescent City Auction Gallery offers art, silver, furniture May 8-9

Knute Heldner, ‘Singing by the Mississippi River,’ estimated at $25,000-$35,000

Knute Heldner, ‘Singing by the Mississippi River,’ estimated at $25,000-$35,000

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.

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