Decorative Arts

Our decorative arts auctions cover all facets of European decorative arts: Antique and modern porcelain and ceramics as well as faience, glass, silver, tapestries, furniture, and design. Our decorative arts auctions take place twice annually in Cologne. Our spring season is also traditionally opened by the yearly “Prussian Sale“, in which items sharing a connection to Berlin come under the hammer at our branch in the German capital. We also regularly organise special auctions and private sales of decorative arts, such as the renowned Twinight Collection in 2019 – without doubt one of the finest private collections of European porcelain worldwide – or the Schwarzach collection, one of the most important collections of mortars in Europe.

Virtual tour through the preview of the Auction 1159 - Fit for a King – Abraham & David Roentgen

We are pleased to offer you a virtual tour through the preview of our auction Fit for a King - Abraham & David Roentgen.

Decorative Arts – Our Experts – Your Contacts

Our experienced decorative arts experts are available to answer any questions you may have. Feel free organise a face to face meeting in one of our branches or reach out to us via e-mail or telephone. In the case of larger collections, we are also happy to organise a home visit.

Karl Schoenefeld

Decorative Arts - Head of Department
Silver, Gilt bronzes

+49 221

Dr. Ingrid Gilgenmann

Porcelain, faience, glass, furniture, bronze, design

+49 221

Friederike von Truchseß M.A.

Jewellery, Gold Boxes, Objects of Vertu

+49 221

Magdalena Schnabel (geb. Reusch) M.A.

Decorative Arts

+49 221

Hans-Christian v. Wartenberg

Decorative Arts, Furniture

+49 89

Verena Lenzen M.A.

Decorative Arts

+49 221

Decorative Arts Auctions

Our regular decorative arts auctions take place twice a year in spring and autumn in Cologne. In addition to this, every spring we also organise our traditional Prussian Sale in Berlin. All of the decorative arts items coming up for sale in these auctions, which include fine silver, porcelain, and important antiques, are presented prior to the sales in exclusive auction catalogues.

Upcoming auctions - Decorative Arts

Auction 1196 - Decorative Arts

Decorative Arts
Friday 20. 05. 2022, 10:00 am
Lot 1000 - 1858
Auction 1196
Friday, May 20
10 am: Lot 500 – 685
2 pm: Lot 1000 – 1228
4 pm: Lot 1500 – 1858

The auction will be streamed online. We kindly ask you to place your bids online, by phone or as absentee bids. Online bids at least 48 hours before the auction.
The catalogue including further information, translations and additional photographs available online. We also cordially invite you to a virtual preview at
Saturday, May 14, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, May 15, 11 am – 4 pm
Monday, May 16 – Wednesday, May 18, 10 am – 5.30 pm
Thursday, May 19, 10 am – 1 pm

A selection:
Munich, St. Anna-Platz 3
Wednesday, May 4, 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday, May 5, 10 am – 5 pm

Auction 1196 - Important Mortars of the Schwarzach Collection IV

Decorative Arts
Friday 20. 05. 2022, 10:00 am
Lot 500 - 685
Auction 1196
Friday 20 May
10 a. m.

The auction will be streamed online. We kindly ask you to place your bids – if possible at least 48 hours prior to the auction – online, by telephone or as an absentee bid.

Detailed descriptions, and additional photographs available online.
Cologne, Neumarkt 3
Saturday, 14 May, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 15 May, 11 am – 4 pm
Monday, 16 May – Wednesday, 18 May, 10 am – 5.30 pm
Thursday, 19 May, 10 am – 1 pm

Market Leader in KPM porcelain

In previous years, Lempertz have been able to establish themselves as market leader for Royal Berlin (KPM) porcelain and have continued to uphold this position season after season. Numerous private collectors have entrusted their treasures to us, including Richard Baron Cohen, the renowned New York businessman who over the course of 20 years was able to amass the most important collection of KPM porcelain worldwide. The Twinight Collection, which was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, sold for a total sum of € 3.6 million – a sensation on the German auction market that attracted the attention of numerous important international museums and collectors.

Sell Decorative Arts

If you are looking to sell a decorative arts object from your collection for a reasonable price, or would simply appreciate a free and non-binding valuation, please contact us. Our experts specialise in various domains such as porcelain, silver, furniture, and design and are happy to help you. Our valuation form is available as an easy way of contacting us.

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Record Results for Decorative Arts

Every year the exceptional objects in our decorative arts auctions achieve high prices. For example a bureau mazarin by Nicholas Sageot from a Belgian aristocratic collection which sold for € 55,000 or a cylinder bureau by David Roentgen made in the 1790s which achieved € 198,000. A large Charles II silver tazza made in 1671 in the workshop of the London goldsmith William Fowle reached a result of € 91,000 and a highly important KPM porcelain vase from 1838 painted with eight views of Berlin rose to achieve a final result of € 275,000 (all prices incl. buyer's premium).