INTRODUCTION: The biggest collection of European porcelain in the world was sold at Christie's in London on Monday (28 March), fetching a record breaking price of one million ten thousand pounds sterling (2 1/2 million U.
INTRODUCTION: The biggest collection of European porcelain in the world was sold at Christie's in London on Monday (28 March), fetching a record breaking price of one million ten thousand pounds sterling (2 1/2 million U.S. dollars). In 1954 the same porcelain was sold for 100,000 pounds (250,000 U.S. dollars).
SYNOPSIS: MUTE: The collection included a unique and complete group of 16 Nymphenburg Italian comedy figures in colours, as well as important Meissen Augustus Rex vases, crinoline groups and early Meissen wares. This was the first part of the most important sale of continental porcelain held in England since the war. The bulk of the collection was acquired between 1939-45 and it was continued until the mid 1950's.
A constant stream of visitors has been filing past the glittering display cases all weak, including experts from American and German museums, as well as private collectors.
One of the rarest items of the collection, was the pair of lemon yellow Meissen vases. They date back to the late 1720's. The sale also features a number of early Meissen wares, including tankards, jugs, cups, saucers and table bells. The vases finally sold for a staggering 42,000 pounds (85,000 U.S. dollars) to a private buyer. Two more vases, brilliantly coloured in turquoise and iron red went for 20,000 pounds (42,000 U.S. dollars) and 19,000 pounds (40,000 U.S. dollars). A rare table fountain, there are only about five in existence, was sold for 42,000 pounds (85,000 U.S. dollars) to Dr. Torre, a Swiss dealer. The buyer of Meissen vases is not known.
Top price of 60,000 (130,000 U.S. dollars) was paid for this pair of figures of Harlequin and Lagage. The entire 16 Italian pieces dating back to 1755 and 1760 had never appeared at an auction before and no permanent museum collection has the complete set. The whole group was finally sold for a phenomenal 230,000 pounds (500,000 U.S. dollars). The second part of the collection will be auctioned off early this summer on the 27th of June.