RESULTS: Two Collections of Important European Pottery - London, 24+25 May 2011

The Art of the Italian Potter, Majolica and Porcelain from a Private Collection realised £2,519,975/ $4,049,600/ €2,880,331. The sale of Syd Levethan: The Longridge Collection achieved £1

London

Sold:

£1,254,688

$2,025,066

€1,440,382

Lots Sold: 100

Lots Offered: 134

Sold by Lot: 75%

Sold by £: 84%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.614/  €1.148

 

Lot

Description

 

Estimate (£)

 

Purchase Price

 

Buyer

143

A London Delft Named and Dated Polychrome La Fécondité Dish, 1633, Southwark

30,000 - 50,000

£97,250

$156,961
€111,643

US Private

144

A London Delft Manganese-Ground Named and Dated Cup, 1635, Southwark

25,000 - 40,000

£72,050

$116,289
€82,713

US Private

119

A Staffordshire Slipware Royal Portrait Dish of Charles II by Ralph Simpson

60,000 - 100,000

£67,250

$108,541
€72,203

UK Private

 

Comment: Rodney Woolley, Head of European Ceramics, Christie’s London:

“This sale marks the third offering of early British ceramics from The Longridge Collection, which collectively totals in excess of £5million to date - the highest total for a collection of this type at auction. We are very pleased with the excellent price realised for the Fécondité dish, which is the earliest dated example of this rare form. The second highest price of the day reflects the importance of provenance and the excitement generated by the Longridge name; more than doubling the price fetched in 2006. We look forward to further offerings from The Longridge Collection at Christie’s South Kensington in November and Amsterdam in December, 2011.”

 

Press Contact:

Hannah Schmidt             +44 207 389 2964          hschmidt@christies.com

 

 

Sold:

£2,519,975

$4,049,600

€2,880,331

Lots Sold: 48

Lots Offered: 81

Sold by Lot: 59%

Sold by £: 81%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.607/  €1.143

 

Lot

Description

 

Estimate (£)

 

Purchase Price

 

Buyer

30

A Pair of Urbino Massive Armorial Ewers from the Salviati Paesi Service, circa 1550-59

120,000 - 180,000

£481,250

$773,369
€550,069

European Private

39

An Italian Maiolica Istoriato Charger painted with the fall of Troy, circa 1550-60

80,000 - 120,000

£205,250

$329,837
€234,601

European Private

24

An Urbino signed and dated Istoriato plate painted by Francesco Avelli Xanto with the ‘Sword of Damocles’ story, 1534

50,000 - 80,000

£157,250

$252,701
€179,737

European Private

 

 

Comment: Dominic Simpson, Head of Sale:

“This extraordinary private collection of Renaissance maiolica and18th century Capodimonte porcelain is the best of its type offered at auction since the Sackler Collection at Christie’s New York in the early 1990s. The istoriato maiolica generated a lot of excitement – selling 86% by lot - with a large number of pieces far exceeding their pre-sale estimates, demonstrating the depth and strength of this section of the market. It is very rare for a single collection to feature five important examples by Francesco Avelli Xanto; this exceptional opportunity was reflected by the prices achieved. We were particularly pleased by the price fetched for the stunning Salviati ewers.”

Press Contact:

Hannah Schmidt                   +44 207 389 2964                         hschmidt@christies.com

 

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