Koopman Rare Art prepare for TEFAF New York

Posted: 2016-10-17 13:53:20 - Last updated: 2016-10-17 14:00:50

BADA members and, leading London silver dealers, Koopman Rare Art will be exhibiting at the inaugural TEFAF New York event, which opens its doors for the first time on Saturday 22 October at the Park Avenue Armory.

Lewis Smith, Director of Koopman Rare Art, said: We have been exhibiting consistently in New York since the mid-1980’s and we are thrilled to return to a market we feel very at home in. Our stand will be resplendent with an important selection of superb silver masterpieces by all the great names in antique silver.”

Among the many exceptional pieces on exhibit will be a pair of silver-gilt wine coolers in the Egyptian style, bearing the maker’s mark of Digby Scott & Benjamin Smith, hallmarked in London, 1805 and based on an original drawing by Jean Jacques Boileau.

Of vase shape, supported on four magnificent winged sphinxes and with handles formed as serpents, the wine coolers reflect the 'French Empire' style promoted by Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Commissioned by Thomas 3rd Baron Foley (1780-1833), the wine coolers are emblazoned with the Foley family crest.

The Koopman stand will feature a separate section devoted to virtuoso English silversmith Paul Storr (1771-1844) and will include a sumptuous pair of Victorian marine inspired table centre-dessert bowls, made for Peckforton Castle in Cheshire and featuring the crest of John Jervis Tollemache, 1st Baron Tollemache.

Another of Storr’s pieces, likely to be of particular interest to American collectors, is a majestic silver tureen and cover presented to Thomas Willing, President of the Bank of the United States and Mayor of Philadelphia, by the bank’s stockholders on January 8, 1799.

An important member of the Philadelphia ‘aristocracy’, the tureen is engraved to recognise Willing’s service during the recurring yellow fever epidemics that plagued the city throughout the last decade of the 18th century.

Koopman Rare Art will be exhibiting on Stand 89 at TEFAF New York

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

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