Decorative
Arts

Jewellery auction &
Decorative Arts auction

Lempertz, Cologne
16 – 17 May 2019

Royal desk set

BAROQUE DESK SET

 

Estimated price:
€ 12.000 – € 15.000

Formerly in the possession of the Princes of Thurn and Taxis,
silver; partly gilded, Augsburg, Samuel Frey,
height 10.5 x width 26.5 cm, weight 837 g,
around 1679 – 83

 

From the previous season:
Silver Glow

Karl Schoenefeld on

AN IMPORTANT CHARLES II LONDON SILVER GILT WALL LIGHT

 

Estimated price:
€ 15.000 – € 20.000
Result:
€ 22.300

Karl Schoenefeld, Head of Decorative Arts-Department and expert on Silver, Gilt bronzes
T +49 (0) 221 925729-14 | schoenefeld@lempertz.com

An important London silver gilt sconce. The maker’s mark attributed to Robert Smythier, circa 1670.

“Perhaps one of the reasons why this wall light appealed to me so much was the fact that technically, it shouldn’t have survived. When the later King George IV was refurbishing rooms in Kensington Palace in London as apartments for the unpopular Princess of Wales, he commissioned a modern set of table silver. The previous silver was meant to be smelted down to partially cover the costs of this. However, the court goldsmith Rundell chose to keep the more sumptuous pieces and offer them for sale to his customers. This wall light was part of a set purchased from Rundell by William Lowther, first Earl of Lonsdale, in 1808. The terminal is finely engraved with a crest bearing the Order of the Garter which had been awarded to Lowther the year before.”

From the previous season:
Silver Glow

Karl Schoenefeld on

AN IMPORTANT CHARLES II LONDON SILVER GILT WALL LIGHT

 

Estimated price:
€ 15.000 – € 20.000
Result:
€ 22.300


Karl Schoenefeld, Head of Decorative Arts-Department and expert on Silver, Gilt bronzes
T +49 (0) 221 925729-14 | schoenefeld@lempertz.com

An important London silver gilt sconce. The maker’s mark attributed to Robert Smythier, circa 1670.

“Perhaps one of the reasons why this wall light appealed to me so much was the fact that technically, it shouldn’t have survived. When the later King George IV was refurbishing rooms in Kensington Palace in London as apartments for the unpopular Princess of Wales, he commissioned a modern set of table silver. The previous silver was meant to be smelted down to partially cover the costs of this. However, the court goldsmith Rundell chose to keep the more sumptuous pieces and offer them for sale to his customers. This wall light was part of a set purchased from Rundell by William Lowther, first Earl of Lonsdale, in 1808. The terminal is finely engraved with a crest bearing the Order of the Garter which had been awarded to Lowther the year before.”

Moving Marvels

KINETIC
RING

 

Estimated price:
€ 1.500 – € 2.000

Friedrich Becker, Düsseldorf, 18 ct. white gold, amethyst, chrysoprase
diameter 2.5 cm, RW 53, weight 15.80 g, around 1966

KINETIC
RING

 

Estimated price:
€ 1.500 – € 2.000
Friedrich Becker, Düsseldorf, 18 ct. white gold, amethyst, chrysoprase
diameter 2.5 cm, RW 53, weight 15.80 g, around 1966

KINETIC BROOCH

 

Estimated price:
€ 4.000 – € 6.000

Friedrich Becker, Düsseldorf, 18 ct. white gold, 32 diamonds,
weight 25.51 g, around 1968
Friedrich Becker, Düsseldorf, 18 ct. white gold, 32 diamonds,
weight 25.51 g, around 1968

KINETIC BROOCH

 

Estimated price:
€ 3.000 – € 5.000

18 ct. white gold, amethyst, chrysoprase, around 1966

 

From the previous season:
Pure Pop Art

Friederike von Truchseß on

Falko Marx
BROOCH WITH SARDINE AND COLOURED STONES

 

Estimated price:
€ 2.000 – € 3.000
Result:
€ 3.700

Friederike von Truchseß, Expert on Miniatures, boxes, jewellery
T +49 (0) 221 925729-21 | truchsess@lempertz.com

An 18k gold and sardine tin brooch, 3,7 x 5,6 cm, weight 15.8 g, Falko Marx, Cologne 1998

“‘Cool! It’s pure pop art, I would wear it straight away!’ I exclaimed the moment I opened the case and took out this fantastic colourful sardine tin brooch. It is genius how the artist has transformed the worthless rusty tin into an imaginative one-of-a-kind work in the arte povera style through the use of gold, platinum, and precious stones. Combinations of seemingly opposing materials such as this are typical of the highly original and versatile artist Falko Marx who, alongside C.O.Paeffgen, Bernhard Blume, and Jürgen Klauke, was a prominent member of the Cologne art scene.”

From the previous season:
Pure Pop Art

Friederike von Truchseß on

Falko Marx
BROOCH WITH SARDINE AND COLOURED STONES

 

Estimated price:
€ 2.000 – € 3.000
Result:
€ 3.700


Friederike von Truchseß, Expert on Miniatures, boxes, jewellery
T +49 (0) 221 925729-21 | truchsess@lempertz.com

An 18k gold and sardine tin brooch, 3,7 x 5,6 cm, weight 15.8 g, Falko Marx, Cologne 1998

“‘Cool! It’s pure pop art, I would wear it straight away!’ I exclaimed the moment I opened the case and took out this fantastic colourful sardine tin brooch. It is genius how the artist has transformed the worthless rusty tin into an imaginative one-of-a-kind work in the arte povera style through the use of gold, platinum, and precious stones. Combinations of seemingly opposing materials such as this are typical of the highly original and versatile artist Falko Marx who, alongside C.O.Paeffgen, Bernhard Blume, and Jürgen Klauke, was a prominent member of the Cologne art scene.”

Crushing and Grinding

MORTAR COLLECTION SCHWARZACH

 

Estimated price:
€ 1.000 – € 30.000

The founder of this magnificent 115 piece collection once freely confessed that mortars had become “the erotica of his old age“. These rough, stout vessels of bronze and brass tell us much about the mundane work for which they were designed: The constant crushing and pulverising of other things. However, the intricate patterns that swirl around their rims remind us that these items were created as much as objects of beauty as they were as tools. Who can deny the magic these vessels still hold today?

Significant dated mortar with heads as handles.
Golden brown bronze cast, smoke-coloured patina, engraved, Lower Saxony / probably Brunswick,
height 18.5 x depth 17 cm, weight 4 kg, 1559