Decorative Art

15 November 2023

Online Catalogue

Auction: Wednesday, 15 November 2023
From 11am
Lot 1 – 221 Auction Highlights
From 2pm
Lot 222 – 272 Art Nouveau
Lot 273 – 418 Porcelain, incl. Porcelain Collection Trier
Lot 419 – 480 Silver & Silver-plated
Lot 481 – 522 Historical Toys Collection
Lot 523 – 555 Kunstkammer, Interior, Clocks & Ceramics
Lot 556 – 564 Asiatica
Preview: 10 to 13 November 2023
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
Monday 10am - 6pm

Online Catalogue: from 20 October 2023
Print Catalogue: from 26 October 2023

In Decorative Art, exquisite pieces from private collections with extraordinary focal points will be called up. Collectors may look forward to a porcelain collection from Trier containing early Meissen works, for example, and to a Bavarian private collection with historic toys and miniature pieces. The range of the sale spans the centuries, demonstrating the wealth of Occidental and Asian artistry and inventiveness.

An outstanding assemblage of early porcelain works is from a private collection in Trier. The pieces, which for the most part were produced in Meissen, were collected with great enthusiasm over many decades. They are impressive in terms of both quality and quantity. They exhibit the most beautiful types of decoration, such as exquisite chinoiseries, Kakiemon decorations, merchant shipping scenes or background porcelains from the famous porcelain manufactory.

Further porcelain highlights of the sale are from other private collections in Germany, such as the monumental epergne The Birth of Beauty, based on designs by Paul Scheurich for KPM (estimate: €30,000–50,000), and the popular Russian Ballet, which is also based on Scheurich’s models for Meissen (estimate: €5,000–7,000).

An exciting discovery is the exceptional group of five small Art Deco articulated figures. Made of silver and with enamel-painted heads, they were intended as extravagant spice shakers. Created at the beginning of the 20th century, they are a unique conversation piece on any dining table (estimate: €15,000–20,000).

With the grape pattern, famous Danish silversmith Georg Jensen created an iconic 20th-century design pattern in the 1920s. The magnificent candelabrum from this popular series by the Copenhagen workshop lends any room a touch of elegance and luxury (estimate: €15,000–20,000).

Two sparkling, iridescent vases by Loetz lead the offering of Art Nouveau glass vases, perfectly illustrating the mastery of the renowned glass manufactory (estimate: €4,000–5,000 each). Another Art Nouveau highlight is the wing pattern service set by designer Rudolf Hentschel for the Meissen manufactory. The celadon colour in combination with the decoration of the stylized wings and gingko leaves form a perfectly balanced unity. Both the dining service set (estimate: €16,000–20,000) and the coffee service set (estimate: €11,000–15,000) from a private collection in the Rhineland region will be offered.

An eye-catcher is the small table clock with a very delicate fire-gilded bronze mounting, combined with the figure of a blanc de Chine qilin. This precious clock shows the legendary Chinese mythical animal which has been considered a symbol of happiness, peace and bliss for thousands of years (estimate: €4,500–5,500). Selected specimens from the field of Asian art will be called up, such as an early Chinese ritual vessel made of bronze – a so-called ding – from the Western Zhou dynasty around 1100–771 b.c. (estimate: €25,000–30,000).

A Bavarian private collection offers access to a wonderful world with miniature pieces and historic toys. It attests to a collector with profound knowledge as well as great passion. In addition to early 18th-century miniature pieces of furniture, the collection also comprises carefully detailed toys such as a greenhouse, hat shop or dolls school. Another focus of the collection are sought-after silver miniatures from Germany, England and the Netherlands. Silver miniatures have always radiated a very special magic. Especially in Holland, silver objects in miniature became increasingly fashionable in the waning 17th century. This is where the goldsmiths demonstrated their skill, which is why many silver miniatures even show a hallmark and brand.

Collecting Guide – Historical Toys

As part of our Decorative Art auction, we cordially invite you to the Collecting Guide lecture "Historical Toys". Dr. Christina von Berlin, will introduce us to this interesting topic and will draw on the wealth of knowledge she has gained over many years of working for the Maximlianmuseum in Augsburg.

8 November 2023

17:30 Reception
18:00 Presentation by Dr. Christina von Berlin
Followed by a Get-Together



Head of department Susanne Mehrgardt presents her highlights of the upcoming auction Decorative Art on 15 November 2023.



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