Silver proves highly successful

Schwarze Mander. sold for € 73 500

The Dorotheum silver auction on 11th May 2009 with its high-quality and extensive range of 431 lots proved a great success at the start of this year’s second auction week; many objects selling far beyond expectations.

Pride of place went to six rare German Historism Period figures based on the “Schwarzen Mander” (Black Men) guarding the tomb of Emperor Maximilian in the Innsbruck Court Church and made of parcel-gilt silver with carved ivory features. Valued at between 16 000 and 20 000 Euro, they were eventually sold to an anonymous bidder for a sensational 73 500 Euro (Cat. No. 189).

Russian silver likewise met with significant appreciation resulting in top sales to a number of international collectors: A lidded goblet from Moscow sold for 55 200 Euro (Cat. No. 128), a pineapple goblet, also from Moscow, for 44 200 Euro (Cat. No. 124), and a lidded tankard from the same city for 41 800 Euro (Cat. No. 122), to cite just a few examples. The rare gilt silver Renaissance double cup from Nürnberg was successfully knocked down for 36 900 Euro (Cat. No. 1) while the presentation goblet of Emperor Wilhelm II. also sold for several times its estimate at 36 900 Euro (Cat. No. 192).

Among many other objects, this silver auction comprised part of a Viennese Judaica collection, whose components were sold for much more than the anticipated prices.

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