More than 250 pieces of fine hallmarked silver offered during Dec. 3 holiday auction

This Irish sterling silver teapot, made by James Fray of Dublin in 1842 is one of the more than 245 pieces of fine silver headlining a major holiday sale Dec. 3, 2011.

WOODBURY, Conn. – A fascinating single-owner collection of English, Irish, Scottish and China Trade sterling silver, more than 245 pieces of hallmarked fine estate silver rounds out a Dec. 3, 2011 holiday auction next week by Woodbury Auction.

Highlights of the sterling silver lots include a Chinese Export large silver creamer by Leeching, circa 1850; a Chinese Export silver trophy bowl by Hung Chong Co., an Irish silver teapot made by James Fray of Dublin in 1842; a William IV Irish silver footed bowl by Edward Power of Dublin made in 1831 and a George III silver cake basket by Craddock & Reed of London dated 1814.

A carved jade overlay snuff bottle will be offered.

Also included will be more than 50 lots of fine estate jewelry, including gold, silver and platinum mounted diamonds and other gemstones, as well as a selection of folk and fine art, antique American and mid-century modern furniture and decorations and selected Asian and European artwork and vertu.

Highlights of the sterling silver lots being offered on behalf of a single owner include:

  • a Chinese Export large silver creamer by Leeching, circa 1850;
  • a Chinese Export silver trophy bowl by Hung Chong Co., pierced and chased with dragon and clouds, with plaque engraved “Tennis Tournament/Handicap/Presented By/a Few Ladies/of Newchwang/1901/Gentlemen’s Singles”;
  • an Irish silver teapot, James Fray, Dublin 1842;
  • a William IV Irish silver footed bowl by Edward Power, Dublin, 1831;
  • a George III silver cake basket, Craddock & Reed, London, 1814;
  • a George III Irish silver salver, William Homer, Dublin, 1770;
  • a George III Irish silver large sauceboat by Matthew West, Dublin, 1788;
  • a George IV Irish silver mug by William Nowlan & William Law, Dublin, 1827;
  • a stunning pierced openwork George III silver cake basket by William Plummer, London, 1776;
  • a George III silver oval salver by Crispin Fuller, London, 1814;
  • a George III silver waiter by John Cox, London, 1768;
  • a George III silver salver by John Crouch and Thomas Hannan, London, 1779.
  • A group of Bateman family silver is also being offered.

Other estate silver lots include:

  • a round repousse decorated silver footed salver, marked for George Hape, Sheffield, 1899;
  • a fine sterling silver footed inkstand, Birmingham, 1909;
  • a sterling silver flatware service by Wallace, in the Putnam pattern, circa 1912;
  • a partial American sterling silver assembled flatware service, Tiffany & Co., circa 1885-1902, in the English Kings pattern, comprising 86 pieces weighing 166 troy ounces.
A fine Art Deco platinum and diamond sapphire bracelet is one of many highlights from the fine jewelry selection.

Important lots of estate jewelry are included from a California consignor, including an Art Deco platinum diamond & sapphire evening watch by E. Gubelin; a 20th century platinum cocktail ring with diamonds, emeralds, and blue sapphire; an Art Deco platinum, diamond, and blue sapphire bracelet, signed Hennell; an Art Deco platinum bar clasp with diamonds and blue sapphires, holding two strands of 7-7.5mm saltwater Akoya pearls; and a wonderful Art Deco platinum jeweled charm bracelet with six platinum figural charms.

Other estate jewelry lots include a platinum and diamond solitaire engagement ring, 2.8 carats; a 14K gold diamond eternity band ring comprised of 72 round diamonds; a 14K gold bracelet with 180 round brilliant cut diamonds; and a free form style 14K yellow gold ring with a vintage mine cut 1.5 carat diamond. Also offered are several lots of Native American silver and turquoise jewelry.

According to owner/auctioneer Thomas Schwenke, Woodbury expects strong interest in a group of American furniture with Southern provenance, consigned by a Westchester County estate. The group includes a late 18th century Southern inlaid cherrywood Chippendale slant front desk with yellow pine secondary woods, ogee bracket feet and original hardware; a Hepplewhite cherrywood Southern huntboard; a Pennsylvania Sheraton tiger maple one drawer side table; a very rare Sheraton maple mixing table with turned, carved legs; and an inlaid walnut tall clock with painted dial and case with fluted quarter columns and an old finish, also probably Southern.

A rare platinum, diamond and sapphire watch will also cross the block Dec. 3, 2011.

English furniture includes a Regency round satinwood inlaid center table, and a Regency carved mahogany slab table. Among the revival furniture consigned for this auction is a striking gothic flat top writing table with extruded cluster column legs and carved frieze.

The sale also features several pieces of modernist chrome and glass furniture, designer leather covered sofas, and numerous other eclectic items from local estates, including porcelains, glassware and decorations.

Asian items include a rare pair of small celadon jade bowls, an overlay snuff bottle, and a  blue and white porcelain garden seat.

The sale will be broadcast live through Live Auctioneers. An online catalog is also posted at Woodbury Auction.

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