Sotheby's 16 April 2015 auction of Important European Silver, Vertu, and Russian Works of Art brought a sale total of $2,107,063. Leading the sale, A set of twelve German silver dinner plates for Frederick the Great, Christian Lieberkühn the Younger, Berlin, 1746-47, sold within pre-sale estimate at $112,500. Also performing strongly, A German varicolor gold and diamond presentation snuff box from Ludwig II of Bavaria to Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Sisi), Charles Colins Söhne, Hanau, dated 1881, sold in excess of the high estimate at $75,000.
Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a superb selection of Russian works, including decorative pieces by Fabergé, a refined portrait by Court artist Vladimir Hau, important bronzes from distinguished private collections, and a variety of icons with richly decorated silver covers. The sale will include a fine collection of gold boxes, an important group of Buccellati items, a selection of English Georgian silver, a monumental Omar Ramsden mazer bowl, an impressive Elkington table garniture, and a rare Hungarian Neoclassical travelling service.