8 Ways to Style Heirlooms, Curiosities and Treasures

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The allure of the cabinet of curiosities or Kunstkammer – an encyclopedic display for all manner of treasure, rarity and relic – has endured from the Renaissance to the pages of today’s home decor magazines. Whimsical and worldly, these eclectic collections – or even just a few of your favourite objects – can be incorporated into any home, with the right eye. To show us how to live with historical objects in modern ways, we turned to Judy Kim, food stylist, photographer and floral designer, who curated objects from our upcoming Collections & Curiosities and Collections: European Decorative Arts auctions to create eight Kunstkammer-inspired vignettes. Click ahead to find ways to style everything from a gem-set ostrich figure to deep-sea-inspired silver settings. 


Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics & Objects of Vertu
19 October | New York

Collections: European Decorative Arts
27 October | New York

8 Ways to Style Heirlooms, Curiosities and Treasures

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    Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics & Objects of Vertu

    Lot 106 : A large silver, enamel, lapis, and gem-set figure of an ostrich, probably Austrian, late 19th century. Estimate $40,000–50,000.

    Collections: European Decorative Arts


    Lot 218: A George III rosewood, satinwood, fruitwood and marquetry work table attributed to Pierre Langlois, circa 1760. Estimate $20,000–30,000. 
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    Collections: European Decorative Arts


    Lot 19: A Meissen figure of a partridge mounted in ormolu as a candlestick, porcelain circa 1741–45, the ormolu later. Estimate $3,000–5,000.

    Lot 21: A pair of German silver-gilt large oval jewel caskets, Gottlieb Satzger, Augsburg, 1775–77. Estimate $30,000–50,000.

    Lot 22: A pair of German silver-gilt oval toilet boxes, Johann Martin Satzger, Augsburg, 1761–63. Estimate $10,000–15,000.

    Lot 38: A German gilt-metal wager cup (jungfrauenbecher), late 19th century. Estimate $800–1,200.

    Lot 48: A Louis XV/XVI Transitional ormolu-mounted tulipwood, fruitwood and marquetry table en chiffonnière by Nicolas Petit circa 1770, stamped N. Petit JME. Estimate $12,000–18,000.

    Lot 59: A Continental gold and enamel snuff box, possibly German, 19th century. Estimate $7,000–9,000.

    Lot 65: A gold-mounted rock-crystal two-compartment scent bottle, probably German, 2nd quarter 19th century. Estimate $1,500–2,500.

    Lot 116: A set of twelve engravings of poppies and peonies by Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (1683–1741). Estimate $5,000–7,000.
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    Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics & Objects of Vertu

    Lot 13 : An Italian silver marine-theme oyster platter, Mario Buccellati, Milan, 20th century. Estimate $25,000–35,000.

    Lot 14 : A pair of silver-mounted rock crystal three-light candelabra, German or Austrian, with English import marks for BCT Co. Ltd., Birmingham, 1927. Estimate $6,000–9,000.

    Lot 15 : A set of four French silver shell-form tazze, Maison Odiot, Paris, late 19th century. Estimate $8,000–12,000.

    Lot 16 : A Flight, Barr & Barr armorial green-bordered part dessert service, circa 1820–30. Estimate $3,000–5,000. 

    Lot 23 : An Italian silver marine-theme centerpiece, Mario Buccellati, 20th century. Estimate $50,000–70,000. 

    Lot 250 : A pair of Worcester blue and white triple shell-form sweetmeat dishes, circa 1770. Estimate $1,500–2,500. 
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    Collections: European Decorative Arts


    Lot 19: A Meissen figure of a partridge mounted in ormolu as a candlestick, the porcelain circa 1741–45, the ormolu later. Estimate $3,000–5,000.

    Lot 21: A pair of German silver-gilt large oval jewel caskets, Gottlieb Satzger, Augsburg, 1775–77. Estimate $30,000–50,000.

    Lot 22: A pair of German silver-gilt oval toilet boxes, Johann Martin Satzger, Augsburg, 1761–63. Estimate $10,000–15,000.

    Lot 38: A German gilt-metal wager cup (jungfrauenbecher), late 19th century. Estimate $800–1,200.

    Lot 48: A Louis XV/XVI Transitional ormolu-mounted tulipwood, fruitwood and marquetry table en chiffonnière by Nicolas Petit, circa 1770, stamped N. Petit JME. Estimate $12,000–18,000. 

    Lot 65: A gold-mounted rock-crystal two-compartment scent bottle, probably German, second quarter 19th century. Estimate $1,500–2,500.

    Lot 172 : A large Dutch giltwood Stadholder’s chair, mid-18th century. Estimate $7,000–10,000.
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    Collections: European Decorative Arts

    Lot 7: A German parcel-gilt silver beaker, Johann Mittnacht III, Augsburg, 1743–45. Estimate $2,000–3,000.

    Lot 60: A gold-mounted bloodstone bonbonniere, English or German, circa 1840. Estimate $2,000–3,000. 

    Lot 65: A gold-mounted rock-crystal two-compartment scent bottle, probably German, 2nd quarter 19th century. Estimate $1,500–2,500.

    Lot 145 : A pair of Italian Rococo brass-mounted blue decorated and gilt tooled vellum coffers on stands Venice, mid-18th century. Estimate $30,000–50,000.
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    Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics & Objects of Vertu

    Lot 147 : A Meissen Limoges-style two-handled vase, third quarter 19th century. Estimate $10,000–15,000.

    Collections: European Decorative Arts


    Lot 5: A German silver-gilt salver on foot, Gottlieb Satzger, Augsburg, 1759–61. Estimate $6,000–9,000.

    Lot 7: A German parcel-gilt silver beaker, Johann Mittnacht III, Augsburg, 1743–45. Estimate $2,000–3,000.

    Lot 10: A Louis XV carved oak display cabinet Aachen or Liége, circa 1750. Estimate $7,000–10,000.

    Lot 38: A German gilt-metal wager cup (jungfrauenbecher), late 19th century. Estimate $800–1,200.
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    Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics & Objects of Vertu

    Lot 3 : Three silver pheasants, 20th century. Estimate $1,500–2,500.

    Lot 8 : A monumental Italian silver flamingo, Mario Buccellati, Milan, 20th century. Estimate $80,000–120,000. 

    Lot 12 : A large Italian silver fish-form box, Mario Buccellati, 20th century. Estimate $30,000–50,000.

    Lot 24 : An Italian silver-gilt fish-form box, Buccellati, 20th century. Estimate $3,000–5,000. 

    Lot 98 : A gold, enamel and rock crystal figure of Emperor Maximilian I, probably German or Austrian, late 19th century. Estimate $40,000–60,000.

    Lot 99 : A pair of Austrian silver-gilt, enamel and gem-set ewers, attributed to Hermann Ratzersdorfer of Vienna, circa 1880. Estimate $8,000–12,000. 

    Lot 100 : An Austrian rock crystal, enamel and silver-gilt nef, maker's mark SG probably for Simon Grünwald, Vienna, circa 1880. Estimate $20,000–30,000. 

    Lot 112 : An Indian parcel-gilt silver filigree elephant, third quarter 19th century. Estimate $9,000–12,000. 

    Lot 184 : An exceptional French silver ewer, Maison Odiot, Paris, circa 1860–70, chased by Paul Diomede. Estimate $10,000–20,000. 

    Lot 233 : A pair of French biscuit ormolu-mounted figures of 'Le Berger Pâris' and 'La Tendresse Ancienne', circa 1770. Estimate $2,000–3,000. 

    Lot 235 : A French biscuit bust of Marie Antoinette, 19th century. Estimate $4,000–6,000.

    Lot 248 : Two George III silver beer jugs, William Grundy and George Smith, London, 1768 and 1783. Estimate $3,000–5,000. 

    Lot 255 : A pair of Meissen figures of parrots, 18th century, perhaps outside-decorated. Estimate $1,000–1,5000. 
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    Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics & Objects of Vertu

    Lot 3 : Three silver pheasants, 20th century. Estimate $1,500–2,500. 

    Lot 11 : Two Italian silver crab-form boxes, Buccellati, Venice, 20th century. Estimate $2,000–3,000. 

    Lots 4452 : Royal Copenhagen ‘Flora Danica’ wares.

    Lot 80 : A Directoire gold and micromosaic powder box, Augustin-André Heguin, Paris, 1798-1809. Estimate $14,000—18,000.

    Lot 83 : A French varicolor gold jewel box with crowned diamond monogram, circa 1860. Estimate $22,000—30,000.

    Lot 145 : A pair of French silver-mounted glass claret jugs, Flamant et Fils, Paris, late 19th century. Estimate $4,000–6,000.

    Lot 183 : A French silver Moliere pattern flatware service, Puiforcat, Paris, 20th century. Estimate $20,000–30,000.

    Lot 195 : A set of eighteen English silver-gilt dessert plates, Arthur Parsons & Frank Parsons for Tessiers, London, 1927. Estimate $10,000–15,000.

    Lot 210 : A set of four Victorian silver entrée dishes and covers, John Figg, London, 1855. Estimate $8,000–12,000.
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