Leinster silver dinner service sells for record £1.7 million



2015-06-26 11:08:54

Leinster silver dinner service sells for record £1.7 million

6 Jul 2012, 11:35 GMT+01

The Exceptional Sale at Christies on July 5 lived up to its name – bringing a total of over $1.7 million and smashing the World record price for an English dinner service at auction.

The sale, which took place in London, featured a superb selection of decorative art which drew bids from collectors around the world.

“The strong results of this evening’s auction build on the success of this pioneering sales platform, first established at Christie’s in 2008,” said Robert Copley, Deputy Chairman of Christie’s UK. “By presenting the best examples of decorative art at a dedicated evening auction, and by exhibiting these works alongside highlights of the Old Master, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art during the past three weeks, we have seen more and more international collectors appreciate and engage in this market.”

The sale was topped by the Leinster dinner service, a 184-piece George II silver dinner service made by George Wickes for James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster. This Rococo-style service had previously belonged to the renowned American collector Walter P. Chrysler Jr, and sold for a price of £1,721,250 – doubling the previous World Record.

Another top-selling lot was the Brand Cabinet, a George II ivory-mounted padouk medal-cabinet designed by Horace Walpole in 1743 for his friend Thomas Brand. Brand took the cabinet with him as he set off on his ‘Grand Tour’, of Italy, and Walpole created a similar cabinet for his own collection which is now displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The cabinet, which features numerous ivory plaques depicting Classical mythology, sold for £1,217,250 above an estimate of £800,000 - £1,200,000.

Other notable sales included a Louis XV ormolu-mounted Chinese clair-de-lune celadon porcelain vase which more than doubled its pre-sale estimate of £300,000 - £500,000 to sell for £1,161,250, and the Ogden Mills ‘Armoires A Six Medailles’ attributed to André-Charles Boulle which sold for $1,049,250.

In total the sale achieved a result of £18,065,650, and was sold 85% by lot and 91% by value.

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