Fancy some Danish tea? $19,975 silver set leads the way at Cowan's


Silver decorative pieces were at the forefront of Cowan's wide-ranging sale over the weekend.

Among the highlights of the auction house's Summer Fine and Decorative Art Auction in Cincinnati on July 23 was a Georg Jensen sterling silver coffee and tea service.

The 19th century Danish piece, designed in the Blossom pattern and including ivory handles, sold for $19,975.

The sale is indicative of a growing appreciation for European decorative pieces among collectors, as Diane Wachs, director of Cowan's Department of Fine and Decorative Art department, told Paul Fraser Collectibles.

"This auction is a reflection of changes in the overall antiques market," she said.

"In the last two years, we have seen a resurgence of interest in good European pieces."


This Danish silver tea service made $19,975... partly thanks to its practicality

Ms Wachs added that practicality, rather than simply beauty alone, has become increasingly important to buyers in recent times.

"You have to be able to use a purchase. If a piece is obsolete in use today, chances are it is dead in the market," she explained.

Another practical European silver piece, this time a 20th century Austrian reticulated basket made by Josef Hoffman of the famous Wiener Werkstatte stable, performed well at the sale.

It made $18,800 despite containing a small dent to a corner panel.

There really was something for everyone at the auction.

A 19th century book containing 54 erotic watercolours sold for $14,400, evidence that sex sells, even in these financially difficult times.

Make sure you check back regularly with Paul Fraser Collectibles for future auctions from Cowan's.


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