With resplendent objects dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century, Treasures 2013 presents an exciting mix of furniture and decorative art. Augmented by royal and historic provenances, the sale demonstrates a rich diversity in style and age.
Many objects are adorned with sumptuous materials, some of gold, silver, gemstones, gilt-bronze, antique marble, tortoiseshell and ivory, simultaneously displaying the craftsmanship of amongst others, the 16th-century Italian commesso, 17th-century cabinetmakers, 18th-century Chippendale splendour, the Empire grandeur of George Jacob, and more recently the extraordinary connoisseurship of George Daniels - altogether representing a treasured legacy.
Sotheby's London Sale Treasures, Princely Taste of 49 resplendent art works dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century and augmented by royal and historic provenances totalled £9,218,850.
Highlights of the sale included, among other extraordinary pieces, Lot 10, a magnificent inlaid antique marble table top from late 16th Century Rome which sold for £962,500 and Lot 1, a silver-gilt cup and cover, maker's mark AE conjoined, probably Copenhagen, circa 1574 which sold for £ 518,500, over 8 times its low pre-sale estimate.