Venetian Glass and Asian Treasures
Venetian glass is making a big entrance in the month of October. From the Murano Islands comes a stylish and colourful presentation of glass decanters, and a glamorous Latticino ewer. With amazing raspberry pink colouring, this spiral ribbed decanter makes a bold impression with its four textured berry like prunts and corresponding elaborate stopper, and hides a foil Murano label on the underside.
Furniture on a grand scale
Dating from circa 1870, with the maker's mark of A. Blain & Son, Liverpool, the grand Victorian bookcase on offer at the Philips' October auction is an item to treasure. Complete with four arched and glazed cupboards, this magnificent piece has a central secretaire, boasts many drawers and a superbly presented interior.
With a height of 280cm and width of 250cm, this is a truly extraordinary piece of monumental proportions. A shining example of fine craftsmanship on a grand scale.
As the auction year draws to a close, the October Jewellery event represents an opportunity to secure some wonderful items before the summer break. Brooches are shining examples of the Jewellers’ craft this month, with a standout gold brooch of a young pan taking centre stage.
This detailed Italian representation in the Art Nouveau style features satin finished gold depicting a nymph with outstretched arms, a double pipe and finely formed hoofed legs.
September highlights Silverware, Jewellery and Glass
Philips' September Decorative Arts and Jewellery auctions were most successful, with great results particularly in the silverware, jewellery and glassware categories. An eager crowd of buyers jostled to acquire some wonderful examples, including a refined Georgian sterling silver swing handled bread basket, and a fine Paul Storr teapot, both of which achieved impressive results.
Quality silver is bringing good money and saw the 6th instalment of the Patrick Street Collection achieving great results, with many items finding new homes with prominent well known purchasers including the W.R. Johnston Collection with funds provided by a generous donor. Following the auction, the vendor thanked Tony Philips and his team, saying 'your firm is Number One for silver sales. I am indebted to you for everything you have done for me.'
Furniture hits the right note
From one of Europe's largest and most highly regarded piano manufacturers comes a very special item to be offered in the Philips September auction. The Zimmerman piano company was founded in 1884 by a former employee of Steinway and Sons and grew to become synonymous with the German tradition of finely crafted musical instruments. This warm mahogany baby grand is in perfect condition, plays evenly, and is paired with a matching duet stool. The current owner has recently moved from England and is offering the piano for sale as his new house is too small to accommodate such a grand item.