From Earth to Fire, the first sale at Sotheby’s for almost a decade that caterED exclusively to European Ceramics, Silver and Objects of Vertu, totalled £2,272,189, with 41% lots sold above the high estimate.
One highlight of the sale was a gold, enamel and micromosaic snuff box, J.F. Bautte & Cie, Geneva, and Gioacchino Barberi, Rome, 1826-1855, which sold for £ 100,000. A rare Dutch ‘Black Delft’ figure of Budai Heshang, circa 1700, making £ 37,500 was a further highlight, along with the sale of a pair of silver ‘shell and tritons’ bowls, John Samuel Hunt and Paul Storr, for Storr & Mortimer, London, 1838-1848 for £100,000.
Sotheby’s is proud to announce From Earth to Fire, the first sale at Sotheby’s for almost a decade that caters exclusively to European Ceramics, Silver and Objects of Vertu. The sale focuses on the creation of pieces born from the earth and transformed through the kiln into the exquisite works as they appear today.
Highlights include sculptural Paul Storr silver, early Chelsea porcelain scent bottles and French gold boxes. The sale will also feature Dutch Silver, Ceramics and Glass from the renowned Morpurgo family, four generations of Dutch dealers since 1869.