Dorotheum: Bright Spots

 Claude Monet, Nympheas, 1917/18, € 370.000 - 420.000

In mid-May modern and contemporary art, design, art nouveau, silver, jewellery and watches will all have their day in the sun. During the Dorotheum Vienna’s 2nd auction week of this year, to be held from 11th till the 15th May 2009, all these categories will present selections of international standing and import.

Reminding us of the delights of the table of a bygone age, the silver auction on 11. May 2009 includes an ornamental tureen from Berlin dating to 1830 (€ 18.000 – 24.000) as well as a pair of four-armed candelabra from St. Petersburg (1856; € 30.000 – 35.000). Though perhaps less practical, a Hungarian coconut goblet of gilt silver dating to the second half of the 18th century would be a worthy addition to any treasure chamber (€ 10.000 – 15.000). In addition, this auction also features a particularly fine collection of Judaica, the second part of which will be put up for sale this autumn.

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Spring Bergmann sales

Unknown master. Sugar-bowl. Moscow. 1790. Silver, gilding, engraving. Height 16,5 cm. Weight 288 g. Estimate €11,000. Sold for €11,500

The last auction of the series of Spring Bergmann sales took place on March 25. The German auction house offered bidders 1036 lots in fifteen subject strings. The auctioned collection featured two silver art pieces by Russian masters, twenty-two collectible toy locomotives, carpets, jewelry decorations (including the Faberge works) and attractive selection of porcelain.

According to the news agency «Russian Antique», forty monochrome objects produced at the Meissen porcelain factory were put up for sale in a separate string. The majority of those works were not preliminary estimated, as art experts believed that their true value would be defined during bidding process. For instance, a porcelain candlestick with three cupids at its base (1860) fetched €1,200. The cupids at the base of the piece (height 57,0 cm) are playing musical instruments. There are seven candles located at two levels. The candlestick has its own serial number marked at the base: G 194. The lot has already been restored.

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