RESULTS: The Collection of Ana Maria Espírito Santo Bustorff Silva - London, 29 April 2015

The Collection of Ana Maria Espírito Santo Bustorff Silva realises £1,076,938/$1,652,023/€1,503,405


The  Collection of Ana Maria Espírito Santo Bustorff Silva 

London, Wednesday, 29 April 2015, Sale 10669

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


109 lots sold

Total: £1,076,938/$1,652,023/€1,503,405

     73% sold by lot

149 lots offered

$1.534= £1 / €1.396=£1

    90% sold by value



Estimate (£)

Price Realised





A very rare Chinese famille rose armorial punch bowl, circa 1750-55, from the Qianlong period (1736-1795), decorated after the famous 1748 painting ‘O the Roast Beef of Old England’ (‘The Gate of Calais’) by William Hogarth





American Private




Circle of Jakob Bogdáni (circa 1660-1724), a group of four ornithological paintings





European Private




Jean-Baptiste Pillement (1728-1808) A rocky river landscape at sunset with shepherds and shepherdesses with their flock; and A view of the river Tagus with fisherfolk on the shore, and a tower beyond





European Private



Paul van den Biesen, Head of Sale, European Noble & Private Collections:

“The strong prices realised throughout the sale of works from this private collection are a testament to the connoisseurship of Ana Maria Espírito Santo Bustorff Silva’s father Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva, one of the most significant patrons of the arts in Portugal. This collection presented the market with the last consistent nucleus of Ricardo’s original collection of French, Chinese, Italian and English pieces, which Ana Maria cherished until she passed away in April 2014. International collectors competed fiercely to acquire the most notable works from one of Portugal’s most sophisticated family collections, with particularly stellar prices realised for the group of four ornithological paintings (lot 28), the very rare Chinese famille rose armorial punch bowl (lot 38) and the Pillement pastels (lot 70), as well as the three lots of furniture by Francesco Abbiati (lot 115-117), which all far exceeded their pre-sale estimates. We now look forward to the sale of European Noble & Private Collections in South Kensington on 30 April.


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Next Sale: European Noble & Private Collections, 30 April 2015 

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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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