Sotheby’s Arts of Europe sale brought A Total Of £2,866,900. Highlights included an important 18-light Danish sterling silver chandelier by Georg Jensen, which doubled the pre-sale low estimate to bring £314,500 and a pair of Victorian silver wine coolers from Hunt & Roskell, late Storr & Mortimer that sold for £128,500.
Our Arts of Europe sale features a wide-ranging group of French and Italian furniture dating from the 17th to the early-20th century. French 18th-century furniture is well represented by an impressive Louis XV commode attributed to Pierre IV Migeon in bois de bout floral marquetry (£70,000-100,000). There is also a rare pair of Louis XV bois de bout floral marquetry encoignures, stamped by Migeon and with the anchor inventory mark of the Duc de Penthièvre, which must have originally been in his collection. They also have a Demidoff Provenance and are very similar to a pair in Waddesdon Manor and the Residenzmuseum in Munich.
The decorative tapestries and textile section is well represented by particularly evocative 17th-century needlework and embroidered pieces, including a beautiful English casket, two Franco-Scottish wool needlework figural panels, and a striking embroidered panel from the northern Netherlands. Objects of Vertu are represented by two excellent European private collections comprising some superbly chased French gold boxes and an Italian box with stunning micromosaic panels. The section also offers a rare gold and amethystine quartz snuff box by the celebrated chaser German Otto Christian Sahler, circa 1765, property from the Harcourt Family.
Highlights from the Ceramics section include an un-recorded pot-pourri in the form of a pomegranate, also sold as part of the Property of the Harcourt Family, a very rare and fine Chelsea red-anchor Leveret box and cover, and fine examples of Maiolica, Dutch Delft, Meissen and Sèvres. The clock section contains a private collection of very fine French clocks dating from between the early-18th century and early-19th century and includes a Louis XVI rosewood and kingwood longcase astronomical regulator by Ferdinand Berthoud. A magnificent 18-light Georg Jensen silver chandelier made in 1920 is the top lot in the silver section, and also the largest piece of silver the firm ever produced.