Highest Total Ever for a Various Owner Silver Sale at Christie's New York Christie's sale of "Important Silver & Objects of Vertu" totaled $6,077,350 - the highest total ever for a New York various-owner silver sale - and was 96% sold by lot, 99% sold by value.
News-Antique.com - Oct 29,2007 - Christie's sale of "Important Silver & Objects of Vertu" totaled $6,077,350 - the highest total ever for a New York various-owner silver sale - and was 96% sold by lot, 99% sold by value. The top lot of the sale was a Regency silver-gilt centerpiece candelabrum designed by John Flaxman R.A, mark of Paul Storr, 1816, which realized $769,000.
Important Silver & Objects of Vertu
New York - Friday, October 26, 2007
Sale no: 1896 Top Ten
[All sold prices include buyers premium]
Lot Description Estimate ($) Purchase Price Buyer
138 A Regency silver-gilt centerpiece candelabrum designed by John Flaxman R.A, mark of Paul Storr, 1816 600,000-900,000 $769,000£375,122537,762 Anonymous
118 Royal: A monumental Victorian silver-gilt centerpiece after La Fontana delle Tartarughe, mark of Marshall & Son, Edinburgh, 1870 200,000-300,000 $409,000£199,512286,014 European Private
109 A pair of George V silver pilgrim flasks, mark of Sebastian Garrard, London, 1913 50,000 - 80,000 $289,000£140,975212,097 European Private
13 A Swiss gold, diamond and emerald-set zarf, Geneva, mid 19th century 80,000-120,000 $253,000£123,414176,923 US Trade
46 A rare French gold, enamel and pearl-set vase, mark of Renι Boivin, Paris, circa 1897 60,000 - 90,000 $274,000£120,487172,727 US Trade
124 A pair of Victorian silver ewers, mark of John Figg, London, 1838/1839 60,000-90,000 $169,000£82,439118,182 UK Trade
37 A fine Swiss gold and enamel snuff box, Geneva, circa 1775 50,000 - 80,000 $133,000£64,87893,007 Anonymous
132 A pair of George IV silver soup tureens, mark of Benjamin Smith, London, 1825 40,000 - 60,000 $121,000£ 59,024 84,615 Private
263 A George II silver shell basket, mark of William Cripps, London, 1755 40,000-60,000 $106,000£51,70774,126 Private
135 A George IV silver and cut-glass epergne, mark of Benjamin Smith, London 1829 70,000- 100,000 $97,000£47,31767,832 Anonymous
Jeanne Sloane, Head of the Silver Department said: The extremely strong sold percentages for this various-owner sale are reminiscent of those achieved at the very height of the silver market twenty years ago. Today's sale saw intense competition from Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. The keen collector interest at all price levels reflects the international market demand for the best quality silver, gold boxes, and other objects of vertu, material which is increasingly difficult to find. Our sale, comprised of a handful of private collections, struck a chord in the market today, achieving the highest total ever for a New York various-owner silver sale.
Date and Location of Next Sale New York, April 2008