The auction achieved a total of €1,355,925, with half of the lots sold above their high estimates.
Among the major lots in the sale was a rare French silver-gilt mirror, which brought €109,500. A pair of French silver square candlesticks à la financière by Jean-François de Grébeude sold for €75,900, achieving the second highest price in the auction.
Additionally, a series of beautiful sets of silver animals from an Italian private collection all surpassed their pre-sale estimates.
Sotheby’s Paris is pleased to present our spring silver auction Orfèvrerie européenne, boîtes en or et objets de vitrine. This sale will feature French, Belgian, German and Italian plate and showcase objects from the early 17th to the late 20th century.
An exceptional piece by Luigi Valadier, a vermillion soupspoon from circa 1760, epitomises refined Italian taste. French savoir-faire will be illustrated by Pierre Doublet’s beautiful holy water bucket from 1666-1667, engraved with the royal coat-of-arms of France (estimate €20,000 - 30,000). One of the most important lots in the sale is a rare pair of silver torches à la financière by Jean-François de Grebeude (estimate €25,000 - 35,000). Made in Paris in 1672-1674, these torches, engraved with a coat of arms, perfectly reflect French silver savoir-faire.
Collectors will also have the opportunity to bid for a remarkable lot, an extremely rare three-tap fountain of perfect quality of production. This unique lot from circa 1730 was created in Brussels by Guillielmus Van Eesbeeck (estimate €15,000 - 25,000). A beautiful set of twelve dessert cutlery in vermillion by Fritz, from Strasbourg and dated from the end of the 18th century, will also be presented during this April sale.
We are currently accepting consignments until 28 March. For more information, please contact our specialists, who will be travelling in Europe offering complimentary and confidential valuations.