Christie's offers masterpieces of English and Continental silver from the late medieval period through the 19th century, as well as important American silver which is sold in New York. Auctions are held throughout the year in Amsterdam, London, New York, Milan and Paris. Silver is also offered in Christie's monthly House Sales in New York, and occasionally is featured in private collections and furniture and decorative arts sales in Amsterdam, London, Paris and New York.
Silver auctions often include Judaica and Objects of Vertu, small personal accessories such as snuff boxes, seals, necessaires, and scent flasks. Typically dating to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, these items are made in precious materials like gold, enamel, hard stones, and gems.
Christie's holds the world auction record price for a piece of English silver of £1,485,000 for the Maynard sideboard dish (1991). Other world auction records include $534,000 for an American silver tankard by Bartholomew Le Roux of New York, 1710 (January 2002).
Centuries of Style Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes
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Michael Prevezer is senior silver specialist within the Interiors Department and is responsible for overseeing silver in both the Interiors and House sales held in South Kensington. He joined Christie’s in August 2005 as head of the silver department at South Kensington. Initially inspired to enter the business by watching the television programme "Talking about Antiques" with Arthur Negus, forerunner of today's "The Antiques Roadshow", Michael has brought a wealth of experience with him, having started as a saleroom porter straight from school at Phillips Auctioneers. There he spent 30 years, working his way up to Head of Department and gaining a wide knowledge of Continental silver & silver collectibles. One of his first notable jobs at Christie’s was to secure and catalogue the 497 lot James Walker collection in July 2006, which attracted world-wide interest.
Jeanne Sloane is Head of the Silver department and Senior Vice President at Christie’s New York. Before joining Christie’s in 1981, Mrs. Sloane was Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newport Historical Society, home to a collection of early Rhode Island silver. She has published articles for Antiques Magazine, Art & Auction, and several other periodicals. In 1993, she was awarded the Decorative Arts Society’s annual prize for her article on the engraved silver of Joseph Leddel of New York. She has contributed to silver exhibitions at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and the Bermuda National Gallery, publishing her study on Bermuda Silversmiths in the Journal of the London Silver Society in 2001. She has appeared as a silver appraiser on Public Television’s Antiques Road Show. At Christie’s, Mrs. Sloane is responsible for new business development, conducting appraisals, identifying antique silver for consignment, and researching silver included in the auctions. Her work has resulted in a number of discoveries, including a ‘lost’ renaissance cup from the Victor Rothschild collection, several unrecorded examples of American Colonial silver, and the first exclusive auction of silver by Georg Jensen, which totaled nearly $9 million in 2005 - a record for any silver auction at Christie’s New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and American Studies from Brown University and a Master’s degree in the history of decorative arts from the Winterthur Museum, Delaware.