Koopman Rare Art at Masterpiece 2016

Posted: 2016-07-01 16:55:05

Leading London silver dealers, Koopman Rare Art are showing an outstanding selection of silver masterpieces and works of art at Masterpiece London 2016, until Wednesday July 6, 2016.

Highlights on the Koopman Rare Art stand include a stunning silver-gilt George III presentation tray bearing the maker’s mark of Joseph Preedy. Although a notable and prolific silversmith in his day, trays by Preedy are rare and this one is particularly important on account of its royal provenance.

Oval in shape with basket weave pattern sides and rope twist handles and rim, the tray was a christening gift from King George III to his godson the Duke of Dorset. The centre of the tray is engraved with coats of arms within a garter and below a coronet and bears the inscription: ‘Given by his most excellent Majesty George the III, to his Godson, George John Frederick Sackville, Duke of Dorset, born Novr.15, 1793.’ Previously in the famous Al-Tajir collection, the tray weighs a substantial 6.54kgs

Among other notable pieces with Royal provenance is a magnificent set of four Royal George III silver-gilt candlesticks.  Each candlestick bears the Royal Ducal crest believed to be for the Duke of Cambridge. The candlesticks were made in London in 1829 by Charles Fox and based on a design by Robert Adam.

Exceptional silver by eminent silversmiths such as Paul de Lamerie and Paul Storr and continue to grace the Koopman stand. Lewis Smith, Director of Koopman Rare Art, said: “Last June at Masterpiece we previewed highlights from our forthcoming exhibition of silver by Regency silversmith Paul Storr, which was subsequently held in our London galleries in October.

“The exhibition was a phenomenal success and demonstrated the on-going demand and appreciation of silver by this noble silversmith. Many of the pieces have since sold but we are delighted to be able to showcase a new selection of recently acquired pieces by Paul Storr at this year’s Masterpiece.”

Examples include a sumptuous pair of Victorian marine inspired table centre dessert bowls. Made in London, between 1838 and1848, the bowls bear the maker's mark of Paul Storr and John Samuel Hunt for Storr & Mortimer and are engraved with the Tollemache crest John Jervis Tollemache, 1st Baron Tollemache, for Peckforton Castle in Cheshire

With a similarly distinguished provenance and also by Paul Storr is a set of four, particularly impressive, silver-gilt George III figural shell salts, dated London 1812. The salts were formerly in the collection of the Duke of Westminster until sold at auction in 1959, before subsequently entering the venerated collection of Alan and Simone Hartman in the United States.

Lewis Smith noted: “In general we have found that silver sales have remained buoyant over the past year. This is largely due to the fact that we focus only on silver of the highest quality, both in terms of craftsmanship and style, often combined with an interesting history and provenance. In fact one cannot underestimate the importance of provenance in today’s market, this has gained even more prominence than before. Buyers are simply not impressed with mediocrity – they will only buy the best of whatever it is and will pay a premium for a blue-chip provenance.”

Koopman Rare Art art at Stand C29 at Masterpiece Fair until July 6

For more information visit www.koopmanrareart.com

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