Christie's to auction rare $180,000 silver Georgian candlesticks

This summer, Christie's presents the first of its bi-annual Centuries of Style sales, a reflection of the finest examples of silver, European ceramics, portrait miniatures and gold boxes from the early sixteenth century to the twentieth century.

The sale on 10 June in London will offer collectors the chance to purchase rare and beautiful treasures from this exciting group of categories, featuring massive sliver candelabras through to jewellery adorned with miniature portraits and including works of royal provenance.

The silver section of the sale presents an exceptionally fine selection from renowned and respected Goldsmiths, such as Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot and Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, as well as the opportunity to acquire works from an unusually large selection by one of the greatest silversmiths of the 18th century; Paul de Lamerie.

Lamerie's family were Hugenots who had fled to England in 1689. He was apprenticed to the fellow Hugenot goldsmith Pierre Platel in 1703.

A Sevres Dejeuner, circa 1816, estimate: £100,000- 150,000 (the tray
is pictured above)

After gaining his freedom in 1713 his reputation grew; Lamerie was to produce silver and gold to the highest of standards, supplying some of the greatest patrons of the day including Sir Robert Walpole, the Duke of Bedford and the Earl of Thanet.

The lots offered in the sale demonstrate his skilled and highly decorative work, one such example is an important set of four George II silver candlesticks from the 6th Earl of Mountrath service of 1740 (estimated at £120,000-180,000), which are adorned with finest cast and chased rocaille ornament of shells, festoons of flowers and scrollwork.

Further highlights include an important and massive pair of French thirteen light candelabra by the Maison Odiot (estimated at £100,000-150,000).

An important set of four George II Silver Candlesticks from the Earl of Mountrath
Service, Mark of Paul De Lamerie, London, 1740. Estimate: £120,000-180,000

They are to be offered alongside an important and massive three-piece silver centerpiece, also the work of Odiot's workshop (estimated at £100,000-150,000), which were originally exhibited at the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition.

Together the candelabra and centerpiece were purchased in 1886 by François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville, as a wedding gift to his granddaughter Princess Marie d'Orleans (1865-1909) in honour of her marriage on 20 October 1885 to Prince Valdemar of Denmark (1859-1939), youngest son of King Christian IX of Denmark.           

The Christie's auction will be held in London on June 10.



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