Setting the Table, Palm Beach Style: The Collection of Marjorie S Fisher

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For more than five decades, philanthropist and collector Marjorie S Fisher – together with her husband, the Detroit industrialist, Max M Fisher – amassed an impressive collection of fine art, jewellery and decorative arts. With a diverse collecting eye, Fisher adorned their stunning Palm Beach home with an array of elegant porcelain and silver, setting her tables with unique pieces from across centuries and cultures. Click ahead to see for a selection of these remarkable items, which will be featured in the upcoming Collections Online: Paintings & Objects through the Centuries.  

Collections Online: Paintings & Objects through the Centuries

2–19 June | Online

Setting the Table, Palm Beach Style: The Collection of Marjorie S Fisher

  • A group of six Spode pearlware tulip-form cups, circa 1820. Estimate $2,500–3,500. A pair of Jacob Petit porcelain tulip-form candlesticks, mid-19th century. Estimate $700–1,000.
    First made around 1820, tulip cups have been popular since the 19th century, speaking to the enduring allure of this flower in decorative objects.


  • A Pair Of George III Silver Sauce Tureens, Hester Bateman, London, 1790. Estimate $4,000–6,000.
    Hester Bateman was one of the few female silversmiths working in the eighteenth century. After the death of her husband, she successfully ran the family business from 1760 until she retired in 1790, when she was succeeded by her sons.

  • A Set Of Twelve Barr, Flight And Barr Armorial Dessert Plates, circa 1810–15. Estimate $3,000–5,000.
    Barr and Flight produced various services decorated with ‘Japan’ patterns, which were in high demand in the early 19th century. Some of these services were specially commissioned by aristocratic families, such as the present example. The arms on these plates are those of the Booth family of Portland Place, London and of Dunham Massey, Cheshire.

  • A gilt-metal and onyx miniature carriage clock, Cartier, Paris, late 20th Century. Estimate $2,000–3,000.
    Cartier’s Art Deco designs from the 1920s and 1930s are some of the firm’s most celebrated. This clock made at the end of the century exemplifies the lasting charm of Cartier’s Art Deco style.

  • An Assembled Group Of English Porcelain 'Dragons In Compartments' Dishes, circa 1790–1800. Estimate $2,500–3,500.
    Also referred as the ‘Bengal Tiger’ or the ‘Kylin’ pattern, this popular oriental design was probably derived from a Japanese original. Similar patterns were also made at various other English manufactories, including Coalport, Spode or Minton in the early 19th century.

  • A Pair Of Neale & Co. Creamware Bough Pots, Pierced Covers And Stands, circa 1780–90. Estimate $3,000–5,000.
    This pair of fern pots, covers and stands were produced by the Neale factory, after James Neale, one of the leading pottery and porcelain dealers in London, took over Humphrey Palmer’s Church Works in Hanley in 1778. The creative and innovative design of this short-lived factory can be seen in the decoration and unqiue shape of these flower pots.

  • A Pair Of Paktong Candlesticks, circa 1770. Estimate $3,000–5,000.
    Paktong, an alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel, was developed in China, but English and European metalworkers began to replicate the metal in the 18th century in an attempt to imitate sterling silver. These candle sticks are an elegant example of the metal's possibilities. 

  • An American Silver Gavel, Ubaldo Vitali, Maplewood, NJ, circa 1994. Estimate $500–700.
    This refined silver gavel was made in celebration of the 250 year anniversary of Sotheby’s founding in 1744.


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