The auction achieved a total amount of €1.8 million, above its high estimate, with 89% of lots sold in value. The sale attracted collectors from all over the world and mainly from Asia. Among the major lots in the sale was a silver parcel-gilt corporation cup in the shape of an owl, apparently unmarked, probably Belgian or German from circa 1580, which achieved €207,000, the highest price in the auction.
For the first time, our spring sale of important silver and vertu in Paris will include a fine private collection of early Tiffany. One of the most historically interesting pieces in this group is a rare ice bucket featuring two polar bears, which bring to mind the acquisition of Alaska from Russia in 1867, called “Seward’s Folly” by critics at the time after Secretary of State Willaim H. Seward.
Another highlight is a rare lacquered chocolate-pot decorated with cocoa-tree foliage and fruit. A second private collection includes German, English and French pieces, together with some items from places further afield, such as India or the Baltic. The most unusual piece is a rare German shoemaker’s guild cup, dated 1567, made from a real leather shoe with gilt-copper mounts.