24 November 2023, 15:45

Interesting lot. An antique German serving set sold at Violity for 110000 UAH

Interesting lot. An antique German serving set sold at Violity for 110000 UAH
A serving set from Prussia, dated approximately to the end of the XIX - beginning of the XX century, this month was among the ten most expensive lots of the category "Silverware" sold at Violity in recent years.
This antique tea and coffee set consists of five pieces: a coffee pot, a teapot, a milk jug, a sugar bowl and a large tray. The total weight of the set, according to the description, is 3920.9 g.
Each item has exquisite decorations. The central decorative element of each is putti - boys with wings, which were popular in Renaissance and Baroque art. Usually, in the images of those times, angels are playing and frolicking. Here they seem to be playing with the harvest. Thus, on the teapot and coffee pot you can see a pair of cupids with a basket of fruit, and on the tray - with a bunch of grapes and an armful of rye.
The auction lasted from November 13 to 16, 2023. Only one bid was enough - and the lot was sold for 110000 UAH.

Interestingly, dishes of a similar design, though without a sugar bowl lid and tray, have already been sold on Violity. In November 2021, a set in this configuration was estimated at 40,000 UAH
According to the description, the teapot weighed 870 g, the coffee pot 735 g, the milk jug 281 g, and the incomplete sugar bowl 254 g. The total weight was 2140 g.
Unfortunately, it was not possible to determine the exact authorship of the dishes: the maker's mark is worn off or absent. However, one of the pieces clearly shows the "Halbmond und Reichskrone" (Crescent and Crown), the only mark used by German jewelers since 1888 that indicates that the item is made of silver. Nearby on the right is the digital hallmark "800", indicating the assay.
We can still make certain assumptions about the authors. For example, here is a set from Storck & Sinsheimer that is very similar in style and workmanship. German jewelry makers Jakob Storck and Louis Sinsheimer worked in Hanau, Hesse, from 1874 to 1926.

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