In our next sale, silver specialist Robin Newcombe has found one. We have some top quality silver for sale, probably the finest quality we have ever had. Robin has been consigning silver items for some time, all of which will be offered on 26th February.
Art Deco Puiforcat silver bowl
One of the interesting items is a particularly striking Art Deco bowl, illustrated above, produced by Jean Puiforcat, a very well known French Silversmith. It has lovely clean lines and would be a superb addition to any house. This particular example marked ‘EP’ would have been produced by Jean Puiforcat (1897 – 1945) the grandson of Emile Puiforcat who continued to use his grandfather’s initials. Jean Puiforcat was a famous French silversmith, sculptor and designer and is generally considered to be the most important of all French Art Deco silversmiths. His works are highly prized with Andy Warhol notably having been an avid collector of his pieces often acquiring them during his visits to Paris in the 1970’s. After Warhol died in 1987, Sotheby’s sold the Puiforcat collection as part of the Warhol memorabilia sale in 1988. One highlight was a Puiforcat tureen with aventurine decoration selling for $55,000. Currently Puiforcat works are exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan.
Life size parcel gilt silver owl
A very large, parcel gilt silver, life size owl measuring eleven inches in height surveys us across the office. After the huge success of our owl perfume bottle in the December auction, let us hope this magnificent bird is equally sought after. It is naturalistically modelled with yellow and black glass inset eyes and is decorated with chased feathers and features. It carries the mark of Israel Freeman & Son Ltd with import marks for London 1976 and is struck 'Sterling 925'. The owl’s unusual size is very rare - it is difficult to find a similar example and those which exist fetch high prices.
Asprey silver card box
We have a beautiful Asprey parcel gilt silver playing card box, just what you need for your Bridge evenings. The box carries the mark of Asprey & Co., London 1928. Asprey & Co. must be one of the most famous makers of luxury goods. It has supplied crowns, coronets and sceptres for royal families all over the world. As the company grew it hired silversmiths, goldsmiths, jewellers and watchmakers including Ernest Betjeman, the father of the distinguished poet John Betjeman, one of the most highly regarded craftsman and designers of his day. We don’t know if John Betjeman was a bridge player. If he was, he would have enjoyed playing with these cards in such a beautiful box.
All of the above items will feature in our 26th February sale which will be online from 16th February. In the meantime, if you have any silver you would like to have valued then please contact Robin Newcombe, silver specialist at Grand Auctions.
- Posted by Jonathan Riley