Koopman Rare Art exhibit Tiffany & Co masterpiece at TEFAF Fair

Posted: 2016-03-15 10:30:03

BADA members Koopman Rare Art, leading London silver dealers, have brought a remarkable collection of objects to the TEFAF Maastricht Fair, which is open now and runs until March 20.

Among the many exceptional pieces on exhibit is the Bennet Indian Yacht Club trophy, one of the finest pieces of Amercan silver ever created.

The trophy, a monumental punch bowl, was commissioned from Tiffany’s of New York in 1894 by James Gordon Bennett Jr and was described at its unveiling as, “the most beautiful yachting prize as well as the most costly ever offered.”

Since it was first awarded to the winner of the Bennet Indian Yacht Club race in 1895, the trophy has remained in private collections, its last public appearance being at the 1987 Marks of Achievement, Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Lewis Smith, Director of Koopman Rare Art, said: “We are delighted to be showing this outstanding Tiffany masterpiece at TEFAF. Iconic pieces of great American silver such as this rarely come to the market.

“This is therefore a unique opportunity to acquire a museum quality work that embodies not only superlative craftsmanship but also exceptional artistry. In addition, it is one of the most impressive yachting, indeed even sporting trophies of all time.”

Another highlight on display at TEFAF is a magnificent William IV silver-gilt ewer by one of London’s most famous silversmiths, Paul Storr. The ewer, which was previously in the collection of King Farouk I of Egypt and Sudan, is masterfully cast and chased with opulent friezes of sea creatures, mermaids, tritons, dolphins and seahorses and has a flamboyant griffin spout.

Both pieces can be viewed at Koopman Rare Art on Stand 156 at TEFAF Maastricht, March 11-20

For more information on Koopman Rare Art visit www.koopmanrareart.com

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