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Event Date16 December 10:30 AM GMT | Live auction 20036

Two Private Collections of European Ceramics, Gold Boxes and Silver

Two Private Collections of European Ceramics, Gold Boxes and Silver

Sale Overview

This December Christie’s is delighted to present two private collections of European Ceramics, Gold Boxes and Silver for sale in London on 16 December. The sale comprises Gold Boxes from an American Private Collection and The Robert G. Vater Collection of European Ceramics, Silver and Galanterie.

The group of gold boxes from an American Private collection includes German, French, Swiss and English boxes, mostly made during the 18th century, dating from the golden age of snuff-boxes and produced by some of the most reputable goldsmiths of the period such as Sageret, Drais, Blerzy, Toussaint and Rémond. The group speaks of a particular taste on the part of the collector for colours, with the majority of the boxes featuring a rainbow of coloured enamels alongside glittering gold, highlighting the creativity of goldsmiths and especially enamellists who generally trained as porcelain painters in Meissen or Sèvres.

The Vater collection, put together by Robert G. and Ilse Vater in the 20th century, is an important and wide-ranging academic collection of European ceramics, silver and gold boxes – with particular focus on ceramics, which includes representative examples from many of the key manufactories and pottery centres from the Renaissance to the early 19th century. Whilst it is not an exhaustive survey, its scope, quality and breadth are nevertheless impressive, and its dispersal heralds an important moment for the art market, particularly for collectors of German ceramics.

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Auction times
16 Dec 10:30 AM (GMT) Lots 1-204

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Matilda Burn

Matilda Burn

Specialist | European Ceramics & Glass

Matilda Burn graduated from the University of Warwick (First Class) with a BA in Art History, and she then gained an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, London. Between 2010 and 2011 Matilda worked as a cataloguer in the Sir John Soane Museum, principally cataloguing drawings, before joining Christie’s in 2011. Matilda began her career at Christie’s in the House Sales department, and joined the London Ceramics and Glass department in 2012 as a specialist, covering British and European ceramics and glass dating from the medieval period through to circa 1900.
Isabelle Cartier-Stone

Isabelle Cartier-Stone

Specialist | Silver

Isabelle Cartier-Stone first joined Christie’s in 1997 working in Geneva and Monaco before opening the first silver auctions in Paris in 2001 with the Karl Lagerfeld collection. In 2006, she became a consultant working on important sales such the Yves-Saint-Laurent collection in 2009 or the Pinto collection in 2017. During that period, she also wrote and contributed to several publications on French, Belgian and German silver. In 2018, she returned to Christie’s London working for the silver and the gold boxes departments. A specialist in continental silver, Isabelle has a strong interest in researching provenance and history of objects with a view to reaching a new audience of collectors.

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