Watches, Sculpture and Faberge Brooch at Bidding in Salzburg

Arno Lehmann. Flory. Germany. 1951. Ceramics. Lot was sold at a price of €12 500. Dorotheum. Jewellery, Watches & Decorative Art. Salzburg, October 9.

Dorotheum Jewellery, Watches & Decorative Art bidding took place on October 9 in Salzburg. 462 lots included almost all styles of decorative art such as watches, jewellery, porcelain, miniature plastic arts, and toys and so on. There was sold scarcely less than half of the collection.

The most stable results were shown by porcelain and silverware. There were sold most all of the lots. The average estimate was €300-3000.

Watches and jewellery, the potential top lots, were far less popular. For example, there was no purchaser for a platinum pendant with diamonds estimated at €11000-15000. The golden ladies Cartier watch which estimate equaled €8000-10000 was not sold as well. At the same time, the clients of Dorotheum paid their attention to plastic art, bronze and ceramic sculpture which was fairly popular.

The leader of the bidding became small ceramic bust Flory by German sculptor Arno Lehmann (1905-1973). The significant avant-garde statuette caused such a big interest of the collectors that it was sold for €12500 against €3000 at the beginning. This work of art dated 1951 is based on the combination of German art traditions and African art which influenced the artist style a lot.

Brooch. Carl Faberge manufactory. St.Petersburg. The beginning of the 20th century. Gold, diamonds, sapphires. . Lot was sold at a price of €7500. Dorotheum. Jewellery, Watches & Decorative Art. Salzburg, October 9

The top lot of the jewellery string became a small golden brooch with diamonds and sapphires attributed to Carl Faberge manufactory in St. Petersburg. Despite the considerably low estimate (€1600-2000) the brooch was sold for €7500. The date of production and the name of creator are unknown.

The set of two models, a Zeppelin airship and a motor boat, brought €6875 to the Dorotheum auction house. Both items are dated 1920 and made of oak, tin and aluminium. The start price of this lot was €5200.

The only watch that managed to become one of the five top lots was a Jaeger Le Coultre golden works. The classic gentleman watch is made of yellow gold and has a calendar and thirty minutes repeater. This lot estimated at €8000-12000 was sold for a significantly lower price. The final price was only €5000. One should mention that a big collection of pocket watches related to 19th and 20th centuries was presented at the bidding. This collection included several items in golden and decorated with enamel cases. Most of them were sold though the most expensive item brought only €1188 to the auction house.

In conclusion one should note a range of lots that looked a little bit different from what was presented at the bidding. First of all, it is an antique cash register National dated 1900-1910. It was estimated at €1000-1400 but there was no purchaser for it. An African leather mask from Cameroon was sold for a price much lower than the estimate. The final price of the item was only €194.

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