Alongside the two special catalogues with a spectacular offering “Fit for a King – Abraham & David Roentgen” and the collection of Renate and Tono Dreßen, the Decorative Arts catalogue also offers numerous significant objects. Alongside the two special catalogues with a spectacular offering “Fit for a King – Abraham & David Roentgen” and the collection of Renate and Tono Dreßen, the Decorative Arts catalogue also offers numerous significant objects.
A pair of extremely rare Meissen dromedary lead the parade (lot 834, €20/30,000), whilst the early porcelain with Hoeroldt Chinoiserie decoration includes a splendid “Salami plate” (lot 826, €17/20,000). Two collections of Faience will be auctioned: a Niedersachsen collection of unusual “Walzenkrüge” tankards and a Westphalian private collection with impressive display dishes, from a Strasbourg cabbage (lot 907, €8/12,000) to a rare pair of Höchst wood grouse (lot 926, € 12/16,000). Four early signed “Hausmaler” tankards round up the offer, whilst a highly important “Birnkrug” (pear-shaped tankard) features decoration by Wolfgang Rössler (lot 945, €10/15,000).
An early commesso dish with a view of Florence is attributed to the Florentine stone carver Cosimo Castrucci who was appointed to the Prague court in 1592 (lot 1171, €30/40,000). One of the most important European pieces of japanned furniture will also be offered for sale in the form of an English black lacquer cabinet made in around 1720–1730 (lot 1175, €40/60,000). The auction of a Silesian baroque commode probably made in Breslau (Wroclaw) also promises to be exciting (lot 1180, €20/30,000). A very important piece of Roentgen furniture will also go under the hammer in the regular Decorative Arts auction: A large cupboard with drawers by Abraham Roentgen measuring 261 x 171 x 75 cm from the Neuwied Roentgen workshop and valued at €60/80,000 (lot 1196). This is followed by a writing cabinet with the inventory stamp of the Place of Versailles (lot 1196, €40/60,000), and signed by David Roentgen’s follower in Paris, Jean Gottlieb Frost.
The extensive selection of silver offers high-quality testimonies to the art of the silversmith across five centuries. Among others are important Renaissance and Baroque goblets from various European collections, featuring noteworthy provenances such as the early “Birnpokal” from the Nuremberg patrician Imhoff family, worked by Hans Winckler in Nuremberg in 1592-1594 (lot 982, € 20/24,000), or a cup and cover for the Löffelholz family in Kolberg (Nuremberg, Hans Emmerling, 1630–1634, (lot 983, € 25/28,000). A large goblet in the form of a tanner’s barrel (Nuremberg, Johann Holzmann, around 1715–1725) was donated to the Nuremberg civic silver by the red tanner Michael Höger Ostern in 1725 (lot 1004, €50/55,000).
Standing out amongst the lidded tankards is a museum-quality Renaissance example made in Germany or Austria in around 1580 and valued at (lot 980, €35/38,000).
The comprehensive, 283-lot jewellery catalogue is once again arranged chronologically, starting with goldsmith work featuring antique stone cuts including unusual jewels by Wolfgang Skoluda and Alexander Alberty. The chapter of Historical Jewellery offers numerous highlights: from a South German collection we find two boxes with a complete cameo grand parure, wonderful examples of the craze for the antique in the 19th century. The parure “à la Greque” in an embossed display case adorns the back of the catalogue and is impressive for its finely cut cameos and their excellent condition (lot 49, €30/40,000). Early 19th century court jewellery is offered in the form of two moderately priced diamond brooches with an aristocratic provenance (lot 59, €5/6,000 and lot 6, €6/8,000).
Representative of the many works of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco are a compelling brooch set with a 36 carat aquamarine in the intense Santa Maria colour (lot 141, €12/15,000) as well as a large Asian-inspired pendant brooch set with diamonds (lot 143, €15/20,000).
A particular highlight of the house is the chapter of jewellery works by the Cologne school, this time prominently represented by Elisabeth Treskow and her master student Fritz Deutsch with unusual custom-made pieces for a Cologne ballet dancer. The star piece is a solid, structured gold bangle set with 16 high-quality antique gems from the collection of the archaeologist Dr. Horst-Ulbo Bauer (lot 153, €15/20,000).
The section of Modern Jewellery offers high-carat stone jewels including a number of solitaire diamond rings such as one set with a 5.27 ct diamond (lot 236, €25/30,000), as well as an elegant Cartier ring with a 2.09 ct emerald-cut diamond (lot 206, €12/15,000). The top lot of the small collection of works by the established goldsmith Hemmerle is a dynamic ring with form cut moonstones and a diamond in transition cut of circa 9.70 ct (lot 224, €60/80,000).
Auction 1158, Jewellery - 12 November 2020, 2 pm
The Renate and Tono Dreßen Collection - 13 November 2020, 9.30 am
Auction 1159, Decorative Arts - 13 November 2020, 11.30 am
Fit for a King – Abraham & David Roentgen - 13 November 2020, 5 pm