• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 108

    A PAIR OF BELGIAN SILVER-GILT CANDLESTICKS

    BRUSSELS, 1781, MAKER'S MARK A BUCKLE

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF BELGIAN SILVER-GILT CANDLESTICKS
    BRUSSELS, 1781, MAKER'S MARK A BUCKLE
    Each on square base applied with foliage and flower swags and foliage bosses, with beaded border and further applied foliage and portrait busts, the tapering stems with foliage suspended from ribbon-tied swags, the sockets with Vitruvian scrolls and drapery swags, marked underneath, further marked with later French import marks
    12½ in. (31.9 cm.) high
    43 oz. (1,349 gr.) (2)


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    Paul Wallraf was perhaps one of the greatest taste-makers/gentleman dealers of the 20th century. Born into a Cologne family with connections to the arts, one of his ancestors was involved with the founding of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, Wallraf spent much of his youth in Berlin, where his father was speaker of the Reichstag.

    On leaving Germany Wallraf went first to Paris, where he worked for Arnold Seligmann, then to London as the buyer for one of the leading international art dealers. The sale of the contents of his flat at 16 Grosvenor Place in December 1983, shed light on his eclectic taste and no doubt inspired another generation of collectors. Indeed a number of pieces from the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé passed at one time through the hands of Wallraf (see Christie's Paris, 23-25 February 2009, for example lot 419).

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    Provenance

    with Paul Wallraf, London.