A brilliant success for jewellery


A fully occupied hall, a flood of telephone bids and strong international participation, with Belgian bidders in particular in force - due to Lempertz’ long association with the country - all led to a brilliant result. Lempertz’ Jewellery auction achieved by far its best result yet with the total estimate clearly outbid by more than 100%, and the ratio of objects sold over 90% - almost a complete sale, with the majority of pieces jumping far above their estimate ...

Particularly outstanding was a barrette from around 1900 featuring a Columbian emerald of ca. 5.52 ct. A persistent, long bidding fight pushed the result up to € 180,000 (lot 65). Even more significant was the auction of a modern pendant brooch with a fine Columbian emerald of 8.097 ct – here the estimate was left behind with a sale of € 211,000 (lot 174). Artist’s jewellery also had many successes, such as César’s “Compression”, a silver and gold pendant from 1971 which was estimated at € 1,500/2,000 and was pushed up to € 40,000 (lot 137), or Arnoldo Pomodoro’s choker with pendant which went from € 8/10,000 to € 37,000 (lot 141).


Nine highly important scagliola panels were made by Don Enrico Hugford (Livorno 1695 – 1771 Florence), the son of a Catholic English watchmaker. In 1711 he entered the Benedictine section of Vallombrosa, about 30 km southeast of Florence. There, surrounded by knowledgeable workshops that had been practising the scagliola technique since the 16th century, he devoted himself to his own specialisation and perfection. He found an individual, unmistakable style that was specially tailored to the architecturally interested English buying public who visited Florence and Vallombrosa during the Grand Tour. Tis unusual set of panels was hammered down under provision for € 450,000 (lot 576, € 500,000).

From Rhenish industrial ownership came four sandstone Putti depicted as figures of the four seasons reaching up to a height of 169 cm. Attributed to Adam Ferdinand Tietz, they rose from an estimate of € 15/20,000 to reach € 33,000 (lot 580).


The highlight of the silver, which offered as usual a noteworthy selection of works from the 16th to 20th centuries, was a large Nuremberg grape goblet with Büttenmann motifs, worked by Hans Weber in 1609-1629. An insistent bidding fight left the € 40/60,000 estimate behind to reach € 149,000 (lot 304). A rare comprehensive tea service Number 2 – Magnolia Model designed by Georg Jenson in 1905 and produced in 1919-1932, included ten pieces and a large tray; the service changed hands for € 25,000 (lot 458, € 20/35,000).


Important porcelains from two private collections were presented in a separate porcelain catalogue this season. Sabine Schulte herself provided information about the collection of Sabine and Dieter-Bernd Schulte in her foreword “How and why porcelain is systematically collected”. The focus lay on finely painted classical pieces of high-quality porcelain from the German manufactories and the Sorgenthal period of the Imperial Manufactory in Vienna, as well as a number of very beautiful biscuit porcelain medallions and busts by the KPM. The collector pair had a particular love of the subjects after Angelika Kauffmann. One top lot, which sold for € 17,500 to a museum, included twelve colour proof plaques and seven design proofs in the original case, signed by Joseph Leithner and Leopold Parmann (lot 846, € 10,000).