Due to its success of the past Of Royal & Noble Descent aution that took place in January 2014, Sotheby’s decided to hold another auction on February 24th at its London location. Much like the 2014 edition, the latest auction garned much attraction and achieved a final sale of £1,970,828, which was ten times its pre-sale estimate of £10,000-15,000.
The sale included a variety of objects such as paintings, furniture, silver and cermaics, as well as jewelry which all descended from or had a strong connection to royal and aristocratic European collections. Noteworthy lots included an exquisite Chinese hardstone and coral ruyi sceptre, a rare mother-of-pearl table top by Franz de Hamilton as well as an impressive collection of presentation gold boxes. Also a german cabinet with more than 30 wax figures created by Caspar Bernhard Hardy and a commode by the master cabinet-maker Abraham Roentgen.
The top selling lots of the auction were as follows:
The Furnace of Hell, which achieved £115,000, ten times its pre-sale estimate of £10,000-15,000.
A gold-mounted micromosaic and granite snuff box that went under the hammer for £43,750 (pre-sale estimate £5,000-7,000).