Another exquisite auction was held at Christie’s last week. ‘From Roentgen to Faberge’ contains stunning pieces from a single European private collection. The collection was formed over three decades by a connoisseur whose taste was clearly impeccable. There were many standout pieces, but we’ve chosen a few that particularly interested us.
As expected, many French pieces caught our eye, particularly this pair of Louis XV grey painted fauteuils (c. 1755-60). Each has a channeled frame and cartouche-shaped padded back and serpentine seat. Their peach mohair velvet coverings give them a beautiful and elegant lightness combined with a rich texture. They were made by Jean and Jean-Rene Nadal, the Parisien Nadal family of furniture makers who had a flourishing business during the mid 18th Century and were known for their master skills, craftsmanship and fashionable Louis XV style.
Estimate: £4,000 – 6,000
Price Realised: £4,000
There were several dinner service sets on auction as well as this Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica part dinner service. This Danish design varied from the grand Russian gilt set underneath, instead painted with a feminine flower design with serrated gilt rims.
Estimate: £25,000 -35,000
Price Realised: £74,500
While we often like to focus on simple and elegant pieces, this lavish and luxurious Russian porcelain dinner service (c. 1840) couldn’t help but grab our attention. The set features plates and dishes all decorated with gilt scrolling acanthus, with a gilt rosette at the centre. The dinner set is steeped in history as it came from the dowry service of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. Its grand history and appearance would make a tremendous and memorable addition to a dinner party.
Estimate: £10,000 – 20,000
Price Realised: £35,000
This next piece, a hardstone and diamond table ornament is admittedly a slightly more characterful choice for us. Among the carved spray of wild strawberries are nephrite jade leaves and white hardstone flowers with diamond centres. The gilt stems add a further dazzling touch as does its grand jasper plinth.
Estimate: £3,00 - 5,000
Price Realised: £13,750