New Acquisitions at the End of the Year
Just a few weeks away from the holiday season, we would like to present you with our newest art objects.
The art dealer Helga Matzke – European Silver possesses a variety of objects from Royal collections. We are thus very delighted to be able to show, since very recently, two pairs of sauceboats with their serving ladle from the House of Hanover and, especially, from the “A” service of Hanover.
These were made for George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and Ireland, Elector and since 1814 King of Hanover. The objects are of an extreme high quality, especially if one considers the high content of silver (15 lots or 937,5/1000) and their weight. Sauceboats and Fiddle Thread pattern ladle bear equally the engraved cypher “GR/III” under crown.
Two Pairs of Royal German Silver Sauceboats from the Hanover Service of George III, with their Serving Ladle, Hanover, one pair 1766 and one 1779, Franz Peter Bunsen
In addition to these impressive sauceboats, we are showing an early monteith from Augsburg which has a wonderful gilded interior. The monteith which presents very elegant decorative motives of the Régence period, was made at the beginning of the eighteenth century by Johann Friedrich Breuer. This very beautiful object of the dining culture à la française was exhibited in 1988 in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg in the exhibition Schätze deutscher Goldschmiedekunst [Object sold].
Early German Monteith, Silver, Gilt inside, Augsburg, 1703-7, Johann Friedrich Breuer
For a festive table, candlesticks are essential. For this, we are particularly excited to show a set of twelve charming candlesticks. They bring light, glow and warmth to every diner! The set was made in 1736 in Vienna by Carl Joseph Beer.
A Set of Twelve Charming Charles VI. Candlesticks, Silver, Vienna 1736, Carl Joseph Beer
With our new, silver-gilt, beaker made in Paris from the maker Denis Colombier, we have seen a wonderful addition to our diverse Collection objects category. The exterior of the beaker is decorated with elaborated engravings of flowers, diapers and two main large medallions with fruits and other motives. The gilding and the engraving are held in an excellent condition. Two similar examples are in the musée des arts décoratifs in Paris and in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.
Beautifully Decorated Beaker, Silver-Gilt, Paris 1779-80, Denis Colombier
Furthermore, our new, silver-gilt, drinking bowl from Augsburg brings with it a special significance. The bowl has a six-lobed, elongated, oval shape and presents in the bottom of it a stippled stork. The bird is a symbol for the birth of a child. Thereby, the bowl offers itself as a perfect object for a particularly happy occasion! The early date of its production and its superb condition make it a very exceptional piece.
German Drinking Bowl, Silver-Gilt, Augsburg 1637-39, Adam Forster
Finally, we would like to draw your attention on a small canister from Augsburg from the late seventeenth century. This hexagonal canister, silver-gilt, was left with a plain surface and has a screwed-on lid. The initials “AL” as well as further engraving on the bottom refer to earlier owners of the piece.
Hexagonal Canister, Silver-Gilt, Augsburg c. 1690, Christian Franck
We would be very delighted, if these new objects have inspired you for the upcoming festive occasions. Do contact us, if you need further information on these or other objects.
We wish you all the best for a splendid and peaceful end of the year!