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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

Sale of Important Silver

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 maggio 2014

omarNew York – On May 21, Christie’s is pleased to present the sale of Important Silver, which includes 140 lots ranging from an Important French Gold and Enamel Mounted Rock-Crystal Cup for the Paris Exposition of 1867 by Charles Duron, to a rediscovered quart Cann by Paul Revere. The sale also includes a wide selection of silver by Buccellati and Tiffany & Co.  Among the sale’s top lots is The Good Ship Saint Andrew: An Important George V Silver-Gilt Nef by Omar Ramsden, London, 1928 (estimate: $100,000 – $150,000) – pictured above and on page 3. Omar Ramsden (1873-1939), the most successful silversmith of the English Arts & Crafts movement, created only three nefs, (extravagant table-ornaments in the shape of a ship), in his prolific 40-year career. Considered the most important of his secular commissions, these spectacular objects took their inspiration from silver ship models used in medieval times as symbols of rank at the banqueting table. Ramsden’s Workshop Books, now in the library of Goldsmiths’ Hall, indicate that the first nef was commissioned by Henry Ford in 1922, and another in 1923. The present example is the last and ‘lost’ Ramsden nef, recently discovered, was commissioned by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (later British Petroleum) in 1928. (omar)


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