Works of art from European Royal collections

Carved ivory model of King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s sleigh drawn by swans. After a design by Franz Seitz, attributed to Philipp Perron. Munich 1872–1880. Estimate €100,000–150,000. Sold for €236,000

The Netherlands branch of Sotheby’s auction house held a two-day sale of art and furniture from European royal and noble families on October 31–November 1. Paintings, Arms and Armour, Textiles, Ceramics, Furniture and Works of Art from European Royal and Noble Families Sale totaled impressive €6.8 million ($8.2 million).

That result set a new record for the Amsterdam branch of the international auction house. The auction raised a total of €6,783,684, «by far exceeding» pre-sale estimates of 3.5 million euros, Sotheby’s said in a press release. «The majority of the objects had been unseen for generations and were fresh to the market», it said.

The star item was a Bavarian carved gilded lime wood console table, made in 1725. Valued at between €60,000–80,000, it sold for €303,200. The table was carved by court ebonist J.A. Pichler probably after a design by Joseph Effner. Lot description: with serpentine moulded Tegernsee white veined red marble top above a pierced apron with central cresting flanked by trelliswork and C-scrolls, supported on abundantly carved cabriole legs with dragons and male masks wearing turbans, the scrolling foliate stretcher with central draped receiver flanked by dragons with wide-spread wings and raised on paw feet.

A XIX century ivory model of a sledge pulled by swans made for King Ludwig II of Bavaria fetched €236,000, almost twice its valued price. Lot description: extremely fine and profusely carved in delicate realistic detail, the seat compartment raised on two horn blowing tritons and with a female triton flanked by lanterns in front, the sides decorated with reliefs of amorous couples, king Ludwig’s coat of arms on the back, the removable cover simulating a draped fur and enclosing a foliate relief decorated interior with seats, the slides joining high up in front of the seat compartment and are encircled by putti in various poses, some supporting a drapery, the upper two putti holding a crown, the sleigh drawn by two swans holding the flower decorated ropes with their beaks, further overall decorated with scrolled foliage, rocailles, flowers, garlands, fringes, tassels etc., on a velvet covered stand on ball feet.

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