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Summer 2014 Fine Silver Auction Preview

Martin McIlroy, Head of the Silver Department, previews the fine silver auction within the Summer 2014 Fine Sale, which is being held in Exeter with live bidding support on 7th/8th July 2014. The highlights include English, Dutch, Irish and Russian silver. There is also a vase by Joseff Hoffman that is expected to fetch four figures.

Josef Hoffman For the Wiener Werkstatte - A 'Gitterkorb' Two-handled Vase (FS23/100)
        offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 8th July 2014 at our salerooms
        in Exeter, Devon.

Josef Hoffman For the Wiener Werkstatte - A 'Gitterkorb' Two-handled Vase (FS23/100) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 8th July 2014 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Included in the silver auction of our Summer 2014 Fine Art Sale on the 8/9th July 2014 at our Exeter salerooms are one or two unusual items along with the regular Victorian and Georgian silverware.

This Elizabeth II novelty three piece silver cruet set (FS23/51) is being offered in the fine silver auction of the Summer 2014 Fine Sale on 8th/9th July 2014.

This Elizabeth II novelty three piece silver cruet set (FS23/51) is being offered in the fine silver auction of the Summer 2014 Fine Sale on 8th/9th July 2014.

There is an amusing Elizabeth II condiment set (FS23/51) modelled in the form of seals; the largest seal forming the mustard pot, which has a spoon whose terminal is in the form of a fish. So when the spoon is placed in the pot the seal appears to be eating a fish. The estimate is £200-£300.

There is also a pair of Dutch hallmarked cruets in the form of pheasants (FS23/92) in fine silver auction, estimated at £300-£400.

There is also a pair of Dutch hallmarked cruets in the form of pheasants (FS23/92) in fine silver auction, estimated at £300-£400.

Along the same theme of amusing condiments is a salt and pepper pot modelled in the form of pheasants (FS23/92), bearing Dutch hallmarks and nearly 24cm long the brace are expected to realise £300-£400.

The silver auction includes an impressive Imperial Russian silver and champlevé enamel belt and buckle (FS23/97) that is expected to
        realise between £800 and £1,000.

The silver auction includes an impressive Imperial Russian silver and champlevé enamel belt and buckle (FS23/97) that is expected to realise between £800 and £1,000.

Russian silver is also included in the sale and there is an impressive silver and champlevé enamel belt and buckle (FS23/97). The fixing pin is modelled in the form of a short dagger. Bearing pre-1908 kokoshnik marks, the belt is estimated at £800-£1,000.

Moving on to Austria, there is a fine example of a Wiener Werkstatte 'Gitterkorb' two handled vase (FS23/100). The vase was produced by one of the top craftsman of the Vienna Secessionist, Joseff Hoffman. The workshops were founded in 1903 and finally closed in 1932. It is expected to realise four figures.

A George II cast silver candlestick by the London silversmith Matthew Cooper I made in 1728 (FS23/143) features in the
        Summer 2014 Fine Sale.

A George II cast silver candlestick by the London silversmith Matthew Cooper I made in 1728 (FS23/143) features in the Summer 2014 Fine Sale.

There are numerous examples of silver tea services from varying dates but in amongst them are two other examples of good Georgian silver. The first is a George II cast silver candlestick by Matthew Cooper I (FS23/143) of traditional design and estimated at £600-£800. The other is an Irish silver two-handled trophy cup estimated at £600-£800 (FS23/144).

An Irish silver two-handles tropy cup carries a pre-sale estimate of £600-£800. Bidders unable to make our Exeter salerooms will be
        able to bid live online during the sale.

An Irish silver two-handles tropy cup carries a pre-sale estimate of £600-£800. Bidders unable to make our Exeter salerooms will be able to bid live online during the sale.

Tags

  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Silver Sales
  • Joseff Hoffman
  • Matthew Cooper I

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