Objects of Vertu

Arts of Europe

Objects of vertu are small objects created from precious materials either to be admired as works of art or, more often, conceived for a practical purpose. With new worldwide interest, this area of collecting has recently seen a strong revival. Sotheby’s sale of this Amethystine Quartz snuff box with jewelled gold mount (circa 1770) at eight times its pre-sale estimate (July, 2013) is testament to renewed interest in the field.

Sotheby’s is now accepting consignments for our next Paris and London sales to be held in Autumn/Winter 2014. For a valuation please contact one of our specialists.

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Objects of vertu are small objects created from precious materials either to be admired simply as works of art or, more often, originally conceived for a practical purpose such as snuff boxes, cigarette cases, scent bottles, fans and other similar articles of beauty and adornment.

With new interest from around the world, this area of collecting has recently seen a strong revival. It is perhaps not surprising that such objects should be popular as each encapsulates a vast wealth of history, imagination and artistic skill within a very small area. The rarest gold boxes were often gifts commissioned by kings and princes from leading goldsmiths for presentation on important occasions. Often they would be chased in gold and applied with jewels, enamelled in brilliant colours or set with a royal portrait miniature.

Sotheby’s sales include European and American gold boxes and objects of vertu ranging from the late 17th century to modern times.

Regular sales take place twice yearly in Paris and New York, with exceptional items from private collections offered in London together with sales of furniture and other decorative arts.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Objects of Vertu sales, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7160
PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 20
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5350

Objects of vertu are small objects created from precious materials either to be admired simply as works of art or, more often, originally conceived for a practical purpose such as snuff boxes, cigarette cases, scent bottles, fans and other similar articles of beauty and adornment.

With new interest from around the world, this area of collecting has recently seen a strong revival. It is perhaps not surprising that such objects should be popular as each encapsulates a vast wealth of history, imagination and artistic skill within a very small area. The rarest gold boxes were often gifts commissioned by kings and princes from leading goldsmiths for presentation on important occasions. Often they would be chased in gold and applied with jewels, enamelled in brilliant colours or set with a royal portrait miniature.

Sotheby’s sales include European and American gold boxes and objects of vertu ranging from the late 17th century to modern times.

Regular sales take place twice yearly in Paris and New York, with exceptional items from private collections offered in London together with sales of furniture and other decorative arts.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Objects of Vertu sales, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7160
PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 20
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5350

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Senior Vice President, Head of Department, Silver
+1 212 606 7160
Deputy Director, Senior Specialist, Vertu
+44 20 7293 5324

Objects of vertu are small objects created from precious materials either to be admired simply as works of art or, more often, originally conceived for a practical purpose such as snuff boxes, cigarette cases, scent bottles, fans and other similar articles of beauty and adornment.

With new interest from around the world, this area of collecting has recently seen a strong revival. It is perhaps not surprising that such objects should be popular as each encapsulates a vast wealth of history, imagination and artistic skill within a very small area. The rarest gold boxes were often gifts commissioned by kings and princes from leading goldsmiths for presentation on important occasions. Often they would be chased in gold and applied with jewels, enamelled in brilliant colours or set with a royal portrait miniature.

Sotheby’s sales include European and American gold boxes and objects of vertu ranging from the late 17th century to modern times.

Regular sales take place twice yearly in Paris and New York, with exceptional items from private collections offered in London together with sales of furniture and other decorative arts.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Objects of Vertu sales, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7160
PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 20
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5350