Royal and noble artworks offered at Sotheby's in London
Antiques and artwork from some of Europe's most noble families will cross the block at Sotheby's in London next week.
The 'Of Royal and Noble Descent' auction will feature royal and aristocratic heirlooms including Renaissance paintings, fine antiques and decorative arts.
“Ever since their inception two years ago, our Of Royal & Noble Descent sales have captured the imagination of collectors," said João Magalhães, Sotheby’s Specialist in Continental Furniture.
"This year’s selection includes fascinating items from distinguished German, English, Dutch, Portuguese and Italian aristocratic families. Having survived through inheritance, many of these treasures have never been seen by the general public and their appearance at auction offers a unique opportunity for discerning collectors to acquire them.”
The sale's most valuable lot is a large grouping of pieces from the famous 'Farnese Service', a fabled dinner service made in Naples circa 1784-88 at the Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea factory.
The service, commissioned by the Italian politician and diplomat Giuseppe Beccadelli, was the first of its kind to feature landscape decoration of neo-classical type. Pieces from the service have rarely appeared at auction, and never in such a large group as that offered at Sotheby's. The collection of 34 plates, dishes, stands and tureens is expected to sell for £100,000-£150,000.
Further top lots will include a late 17th century Italian carved giltwood and faux marble cabinet and a pair of 18th century Italian carved giltwood console tables, both originating from the collection of Marchesa Giovanna Sacchett and estimated at £30,000-£50,000 each.
The Sotheby's 'Of Royal and Noble Descent' sale takes place in London on January 19.
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