The two days dedicated to the decorative arts at Sotheby's concluded on November 29 with a session of 154 lots of European silver.
The sale was led by a magnificent pair of large Italian silver candelabra in the Louis XVI style which achieved €75,000.The rare vermilion teapot by Marie-Joseph-Gabriel Genu soared to €62,500. Kept in the David Weill collection until 1972, this ravishing Egyptian-style teapot probably comes from an ancient Russian imperial collection.
Bidders also competed for two French silver candlesticks and nozzles by Louis Lenhendrick with the arms of Pierre de Savignac des Roches, seigneur des Roches, and Marie d'Arclay de Montamy. This pair of candlestick eventually soared to € 40,000.
The auction includes numerous candlesticks and candelabra, as well as beautiful pieces from the Empire era including a large ewer and basin from the collection of the Grand Duke Nikolaevich, son of Tsar Nicolas I. Representing the French section of the auction are a pair of plates signed Biennais, engraved with the arms of Emperor Napoleon I and a gravy boat with the arms of the Duchess of Angouleme, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Among foreign works are a set of four Roman candlesticks from the early eighteenth century, several Flemish plaques representing the Exodus and the scenes of San Gennaro’s martyrdom, and a large Italian table fountain produced in the 1950s, with its water flow system included in the sale. Lot 95 is an exceptionally large dish cover circa 1780, most probably made for the royal court of Turin.