The Margraves of Baden; sold Sotheby's House Sale, Baden, 5 October, 1995, lot 293.
The two following lots are both from the Kunstkammer of the Dukes of Baden and are dazzling examples of 17th century ivory carving.
The partial dispersal of the collections of the Grand Dukes of Baden was one of the most exceptional series of house sales of the 20th century. Pictures, furniture, porcelain and silver were auctioned, alongside thousands of other objects used in the daily life of the family's great estates scattered across Germany.
One of the most exciting aspects of the sale was the opening up of the Baden Kunstkammer, traditionally where only the most private and precious of the family treasures were held, which contained beautifully worked objects of semi-precious stone, amber, ivory and other rare materials.
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION
C. Theuerkauff, Elfenbein, Sammlung Reiner Winkler, vols. I and II, 1984 and 1994.