The Paris 15th April Silver and Vertu sale will include a fine selection of gold boxes and Continental silver from all over Europe but specifically French, German and Italian pieces. In the Vertu section, a fine singing bird box made in Geneva in 1805 by Jaquet-Droz is decorated with an enamelled scene of a coach alongside a lake; another by Frédéric Boucheron in insert with a cameo representing Marie de Médicis, Queen of France.
Amongst the silver pieces, a very nice German collection of finely engraved beakers, tankards, boxes, ewers and travel necessaries dating from 17th and 18th century will be offered together with a fine pair of Parisian wine-coolers made in 1777 by the renowned maker Robert-Joseph Auguste. From the 19th century, an impressive silver-gilt monstrance insert with lapis, malachite and jewels is signed by Poussielgue-Rusand, the most famous silversmith specialized in religious silver. Made by Biennais, silversmith to Emperor Napoleon I, and engraved with the Marquess of Hertfords armorial, a large silver-gilt supper set shows its originality with finials shaped as sitting dogs.