A rich and varied selection of Continental and English furniture and decorative arts will be offered in the Arts of Europe sale in London this July. Highlights include a selection of George III Blue John items and an Italian carved giltwood console table. Rare clocks by Joseph Knibb feature alongside Italian night timepieces and an Art Deco Atmos wall clock. The range of English furniture dates from the 17th to 19th centuries and includes several Anglo-Indian items and objects. The English and Continental silver and objects of Vertu from the 17th to 20th centuries includes a rare George II epergne by the London silversmith Thomas Gilpin and an impressive 19th century Viennese rock crystal and enamel nef. From the Renaissance comes a tapestry from the South Netherlands alluding to the attributes of good leadership, and a rare and important Italian majolica inkwell made in Faenza.
Sotheby’s London sale, Arts of Europe, featured a rich and varied selection of Continental and English furniture and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the 19th century and achieved a total of £3,277,438.
Highlights included an ormolu quarter striking table clock by Robert Philip, which achieved £73,300 and a magnificent amethystine quartz snuff box, probably Dresden, circa 1770, which sold for £104,500 over 8 times its low pre-sale estimate.