This July’s sale of Old Master Sculpture & Works of Art saw exceptionally robust results across periods and collecting categories. The auction was led by the extraordinary and rare Southern German Bust of a Nobleman, which was sold for £629,000 against an estimate of £100,000-150,000. Strong results spanned from the medieval period, with a beautiful French 13th-century enamelled Processional Cross selling for £68,750 against an estimate of £20,000-30,000, through to the Baroque, with the exquisite Italian, Florentine, 18th century, Bust of a Young Woman achieving £161,000 against an estimate of £60,000-80,000. The collection Splendours from a Mantuan Palazzo was a particular success, with many objects exceeding their high estimates, in particular for important Maiolica.
Works from two important private collections lead this eclectic sale. Leonhard Kern’s masterful ivory Saturn devouring his children is the highlight of a group of objects from the Jaffé collection. Italian bronzes, ceramics and Furniture from a Mantuan Palazzo will transport collectors back to the Renaissance. Other highlights in the sale include an extraordinary German 16th century bust of a nobleman. The auction will comprise a select group of 3-dimensional objects from the medieval period through to the 19th century.