Aquilegia chalice of the market law court22.05.2018
An unusual Antwerp cabinet from the end of the 17th century featured in the auction, the marble and Pietre Dure attributed to the workshops of Florence. The model for this type of cabinet with stone inlays from Italy was the famous Augsburg cabinet. These Pietre Dure were coveted since the 16th century and were the highest quality Florentine export items. This rare piece of furniture changed hands for 43,400 (lot 708, 35/40,000).
The highest results for porcelain were seen by three pieces of a 1726 Meisen service with Chinoiserie attributed to Johann Gregorius Hoeroldt which sold for 50,800 (lots 732 – 734, 22/26,000).
Standing out amongst the usual high quality and broad range of silver items from over four centuries was an early aquilegia cup from the market law court of Pyrbaum. Worked in Nurnberg in around 1661 – 1664 by Reinhold Rühl, the names of the judges, treasurers and jurors in Schwarzlot are found on the inside of the lid. Valued at 14/18,000, another bidding duel arose, finishing at 43,400 (lot 703). A large ivory lidded tankard featuring a cavalry battle in a gilt silver mount from Elias Adama, Augsburg 1707 – 1711, was of old noble property, and was bid up to 18,600 (lot 731, 14/18,000). The modern silver offering included a very rare pair of sugar tongs by Marianne Brandt with a particularly rare Bauhaus mark, estimated at 3/4,000, and sold for 9,300 (lot 496, Dessau, 1928).
The traditionally broad-ranging offering of 275 pieces included Roman stone carvings, historical jewellery such as early 19th century diamond works, and contemporary artist’s jewellery. The collection from the Cologne art historian Prof. Dr. Gisela Zick featured culturally and historically interesting friendship and memorial jewellery of the 18th and 19th centuries and was almost completely sold, many with considerable price increases.
The highlight however of the historical jewellery was a necklace and pendant from the mid-19th century, set with rose-cut diamonds which sold for 27,300, as well as a matching rose-cut diamond ring, also from a German noble provenance, which sold for 24,800 (lot 44, 15/20,000, lot 45. 2/3,000). A Belgian diamond-set corsage ornament in the shape of a rose branch with cascading tendrils jumped from 15/20,000 to 27,300 (lot 46).
The modern coloured stone and diamond jewellery offered a number of diamond-solitaire rings which were fiercely fought over, including two five-carat pieces which sold for 18,600 and 29,800 (lot 210, 7/9,000 and lot 209, 20,000).