South Kensington Results: The Collections of Principessa Ismene Chigi Della Rovere and A Noble Genoese Family

The Collections of Principessa Ismene Chigi Della Rovere


A Noble Genoese Family

South Kensington, Wednesday 4 February 2015, Sale 10674

 [All sold prices include buyer’s premium] 

218 lots sold

Total: £1,083,750/$1,641,881/€1,430,550

98% sold by lot

228 lots offered

$1.515 = £1 / €1.320 = £1

96% sold by value




Estimate (£)

Price Realised



An Italian ormolu-mounted red Sicilian jasper coffee table

20th century, possibly Rome

15,000 - 25,000




US Private


A north Italian ormolu-mounted tulipwood-banded and kingwood bureau plat, Genoa, mid 18th century





European Private


A Louis XV ormolu-mounted black and gilt Vernis Martin commode, circa 1740, in the manner of Bernard II Van Risen Burgh

25,000 - 40,000




European Trade


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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

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