Our 8 April sale brought over $3.3 million with several lots selling for well above estimate. Leading the sale was a Russian icon of the Crucifixion and passion of Christ with gilded silver oklad. Following competitive bidding this piece soared to $233,000 several times over the high estimate of $9,000. Also performing strongly was a rare pair of Louis XV silver table candlesticks. This pair by Thomas Germain achieved $197,000 – above a high estimate of $120,000.
This distinguished sale of Russian Works of Art and European Silver and Vertu offers a fine selection from important private collections such as those of Millicent Rogers, Lansdell K. Christie, and Col. Oleg Pantiukhov. The objects on offer present a veritable history of the firm with a diverse group of objects such as ornate frames, beautifully enameled cases, carved hardstone bonbonnières, desk accessories, and jewelry from the workshops of Michael Perchin, Henrik Wigström, Erik Kollin, Johan Viktor Aarne, Alfred Thielemann, Anna Ringe, and many others. Highlights from the Russian session also include a monumental gem-set punchbowl in the Russian Style by Mikhail Tarasov as well as a large group of bronze portrait busts from the 1862 series celebrating Russia’s millennium. Collectors of silver will find an offering of impressive works of 19th century silver, as well as Georgian and Regency silver, Italian silver from the 20th century and gold boxes. Highlights include a Royal German gold, enamel, and gem-set snuff box, a pair of Regency wine coolers by Paul Storr and an exceptionally rare pair of French candlesticks by Thomas Germain, considered by many to be the greatest silversmith of the 18th century.