A brilliant success for a commesso dish
Rare glassware was also sought-after: Attributed to a Dutch maker, the 24 cm high bottle with engraved decoration from the second half of the 17th century shot from € 4/6,000 up to € 45,000 (lot 801) and a cup à la façon de Venise from Venice or Northern Bohemia from the 16th/early 17th century jumped from € 3/4,000 to € 31,000 (lot 805). A pair of particularly rare Meissen dromedaries led the porcelain parade with € 35,000 (lot 834, € 20/30,000). Two Faience collections were offered for sale including a highly sought-after Westphalian private collection with impressive display dishes: A Strasbourg cabbage head jumped to more than double its estimate up to € 24,000 (lot 907, € 8/12,000), whilst a highly important ‘Birnenkrug’ with decoration by Wolfgang Rössler climbed to € 32,500 (lot 945, € 10/15,000).
An elegant bar cupboard by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann from 1925 shone in the Modern Decorative Arts, selling for € 50,000 (lot 352, € 40,000).
The comprehensive silver selection offered high-quality testimonials to five centuries of silversmith art. Undisputed at the pinnacle stood a line-up of significant Renaissance and Baroque goblets from various European collections, a number with noteworthy provenances such as the early ‘Birnpokal’ made in Nuremberg by Hans Winckler (1592-1594) for the patrician Imhoff family which sold for € 40,000 (lot 982, € 20/24,000), or the Löffelholz von Kolberg goblet (Nuremberg, Hans Emmerliing, 1630–1634, lot 983, € 25/28,000) which changed hands for € 60,000. A large Augsburg columbine cup obtained the highest result amongst the cups with a sale of € 65,000 (lot 1000, € 18/24,000), whilst a further important columbine cup, worked by Heinrich Straub in around 1609–1629 in Nuremberg, sold for € 58,000 (lot 984, € 28/30,000).
The jewellery auction offered once again a high quality and interesting selection – and was very successful.
The highlight of the Historical Jewellery with € 37,500 was the parure “á la Greque” in an embossed display case from the 19th century (lot 49, € 30,000). Amongst the almost completely sold works by the Cologne School were jewels by Elisabeth Treskow, the demand for which saw them often rise far above their estimates. A top lot from this section was a solid, structured gold ring set with 16 high quality antique gems, made by Fritz Deutsch in the 1960s/70s, from the collection of the archaeologist Dr Horst Ulbo-Bauer (lot 153, € 15/20,000).
The chapter of Modern Jewellery offered high-carat stone jewels, with the diamond solitaire rings of particular interest to buyers. The top piece from a small, fine collection of works by the established Munich goldsmith Hemmerle was a sporty ring with shaped moonstones and a transition-cut diamond of circa 9.7 ct, which eventually sold for € 100,000 following intense bidding (lot 224, € 60/80,000).