As we look forward to the next Silver Auction 11 October, a number of continental examples (including several lots of Dutch silver) will be sure to garner plenty of attention in what promises to be another terrific sale.
Whilst there is always a strong showcasing of the best of British silversmithing within our specialist auction, it is certainly exciting to see a good selection of works old and new from the continent. From cream jugs to cake slices, and indeed a silver shoe for good measure (lot 794), there’s something for everyone, so make sure to attend our viewing days from Tuesday 9 October.
Of the cacophony of continental silver within the auction, one of the most interesting lots is 712, a mid-19th-century Dutch silver brandy bowl. Similar to the Scottish quaich in design and use, the Dutch brandy bowl was originally intended as a drinking vessel for passing round large groups of people during festivities. Whilst silver examples were generally reserved as gifts to celebrate marriage or childbirth, lot 712 bears an armorial crest suggestive of a familial occasion.
With an attractive estimate of £200-300, the Dutch brandy bowl is perfect for collectors, and those seeking a unique gift alike!
The specialist Silver Sales boast the finest examples of silver work; from the modest vesta to the weightiest casket, each item is given room to shine.
Dedicated auctions of silver are held every twelve weeks. Do you have silver to sell? Come along to the Valuation Days at McTear’s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week for complimentary auction advice.