With a growing number of sales, the silver, numismatics and curios department is constantly developing.
The Cabinet of Curiosities, which appeared in Europe during the Renaissance, was a room for accumulating and exhibiting the objects collected, expressing a distinct taste for the miscellaneous and original. Based on this world, our sales entitled “The Curio Lover’s Cabinet” feature a fine selection of numismatics, silverware and curios.
These sales offer numerous pieces of high-quality silverware (goblets, canteens of cutlery, candleholders, 18th century wine tasting cups, rafraîchissoirs, etc.) bearing the stamp and/or signature of the greatest master silversmiths such as Puiforcat, Froment-Meurice, Christofle, Telge and Duguay.
Silverware also includes items produced by the Ottomans and Russians, such as this large, impressive icon of Christ Pantocrator with its magnificent “rizza” in enamelled silver, which enthusiasts battled for up to around €16,500.
Numismatics has garnered some fine bids, notably at the sale of a Lyon collection of some 144 pieces dating from the 2th to the 20th century, which was sold above its high estimate for an overall hammer price of €83,200.
Curio sales seek to evoke the spirit of a curio lover’s cabinet through different realms, including the sciences, technology and entertainment – such as this rare 18th century hand screen in printed pasteboard, which fetched €14,000.