Important European Goldsmiths, Gold Boxes and Objets de vitrine - 26th April, 2017 at 10:30 am CET

On 26th, Sotheby's will present 261 lots from the undisputed masters of goldsmiths. The selection begins with classical pieces by the founders of the goldsmiths such as Luigi Valadier and Alexis Falize.

blog.php-633 Large silver coffee pot by Luigi Valadier, Rome, 1777-1778

This fine silver coffee maker, made in 1770 by Luigi Valadier, is a fine example of the importance of this Italian goldsmith, much appreciated by the popes throughout history.

Rare large silver and vermilion clock representing Atlas, by Alexis Falize, Paris, circa 1860 Rare large silver and vermilion clock representing Atlas, by Alexis Falize, Paris, circa 1860

Alexis Falize is one of the most successful names in the goldsmith world. This rare silver clock, made around 1860 and representing Atlas raising the globe, is an eloquent example of this and has been estimated by the experts to sell between £127 000-170 000 (€150 000 - 200 000.)

The sale also includes beautiful contemporary creations by two much sought-after artists, Mario Buccellati and Goudji.

Buccellati, nicknamed "The Prince of Goldsmiths" by one of his loyal clients, the writer Gabriele d'Annunzio, is renowned for his subtle and sophisticated works. Sotheby's will present two of his masterpieces, majestic silver birds made around 1950 and 1970.

Great silver cockerel by Buccellati, Milan, circa 1970 Great silver cockerel by Buccellati, Milan, circa 1970

In a totally different style, the Georgian artist Goudji creates unique pieces which stand at the crossroads of traditional Byzantine art and contemporary creation. A trained sculptor, he incorporates precious metals into metal through innovative techniques.

Jardinière planter with silver and hard stones cut by Goudji, Paris, 1984 Jardinière planter with silver and hard stones cut by Goudji, Paris, 1984

The sale will feature no less than six pieces of Goudji, including this cutlery, with silver and stones, made in 1984.

Finally, some sixty objects of cases and snuff boxes in gold will be featured.

Check out the catalogue for the sale here.

Important Furniture, Sculptures, Works of Art and Paintings - 27th April, 2017 at 10:30 am CET

On 27th April, Sotheby's will present three private collections: a collection from a French aristocratic collection, the contents of a beautiful Parisian apartment on the Rive Gauche, including pieces with Spitzer and Rothschild provenances, and a Parisian style collection.

The catalogue will feature major names from 18th century decorative arts such as Pierre Gouthière, Jean Desforges, Mathieu Beauve Georges Jacob and Nicolas Heurtaut.

Chest of drawers in Chinese lacquer, European varnish, Louis XV period, around 1740-1750, stamped D.F. for Jean Desforges Chest of drawers in Chinese lacquer, European varnish, Louis XV period, around 1740-1750, stamped D.F. for Jean Desforges

Large flat back armchair in carved wood, painted and gilded Louis XV period, circa 1760, attributed to Mathieu Bauve Large flat back armchair in carved wood, painted and gilded Louis XV period, circa 1760, attributed to Mathieu Bauve

While Jean Desforges is famous for his furniture decorated with lacquer from China or Japan, Mathieu Beauve has created his own style by producing impressive Louis XV seats with an eye for precision and detail.

Pierre Gouthière is also one of the big names of this sale. Having created pieces for Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI, he is one of the most famous craftsmen of the 18th century.

A pair of ewers of ornament in white marble and patinated and golden bronze which is attributed to Pierre Gouthière are estimated to sell for £42 000-60 000 (€50 000 to 70 000.)

Pair of ewers in white marble, patinated bronze and gilt of Louis XVI period, around 1780, attributed to Pierre Gouthière Pair of ewers in white marble, patinated bronze and gilt of Louis XVI period, circa 1780, attributed to Pierre Gouthière

As for sculptures and objets d'art, there is an exceptional and rare Roche crystal cup dated 1600 and estimated at £60 000-84 000 (€70 000-100 000) as well as a group of 18th century French terracottas which belonged to the collection of Sir Robert Abdy.

Milan, circa 1610, Important rock crystal dish Milan, circa 1610, Important rock crystal dish

Finally, a beautiful collection of Renaissance artworks from the prestigious Frédéric Spitzer collection will also be on sale on 27th April.

Check out the entire catalogue for the sale here.

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