Freeman's May 18 auction of Silver & Objets de Vertu offers a selection of quality pieces from some of the finest craftsmen, including J.E. Caldwell, Gorham Mfg. Co., K. Fabergé and more. Lead specialist Sarah Blattner shares her favorite works in this upcoming sale. Exhibition for this sale will open to the public on Thursday, May 12. We invite you to join us on Chestnut Street to view these and other works being offered.
An exotic piece to be offered is the silver-gilt and jeweled kovsh by Fabergé, executed in a Slavic moderne style. The handle is modeled as a firebird with ruby eyes holding a pendant jewel in its beak. The wings are set with cabochon sapphires and emeralds, making this kovsh truly a work of art. We are excited to bring this item to the market, as exceptional pieces in this style are rare.
Fabergé Russian silver-gilt and jeweled kovsh
K. Fabergé, Moscow, 1896-1908
I am pleased to be offering a complete service for twelve, plus serving pieces, in the ‘St. Dunstan’ pattern by the legendary firm, Tiffany & Company. What makes this lot of particular interest is not only that it is a complete service, but also the original wooden chest that comes with it. We have copies of the original purchase receipt along with valuations from Tiffany & Co. over the years. The set was purchased in 1929 and descended through the consignor’s family until it will be offered at auction here in May. The ‘St. Dunstan’ pattern is versatile and ready for everyday use or for formal dinner parties!
Sterling silver 'St. Dunstan' pattern flatware service for twelve, in original wooden chest
Albert A. Southwick for Tiffany & Co., New York, NY, 1909
This lot is one of my personal favorites. The maker, Hans Christensen (1924-1983), distinctly shaped the craft of silversmithing in the United States, as he was one of the most accomplished and inventive designers of the second half of the 20th century. This is evident through the tooled tree bark textured base on the compote, which has been applied with depictions of craftsmen at work. We have not only found no other examples of this design to appear at auction, but the compote is also engraved as a presentation piece for the “Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Professorship in Contemporary Crafts,” making it particularly rare as Christensen was the only endowed chair of this Professorship.
Rare hand-hammered sterling silver presentation compote
Hans Christensen, Copenhagen and New York, circa 1970s