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).

 

Aquamarine and diamond earrings, early 20th century
A PAIR OF AQUAMARINE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

 

Diamond Brooch, late 19th century
DIAMOND BROOCH, LATE 19TH CENTURY designed as a pair of entwined oval links set with circular-cut and rose diamonds

 

Jewelled, Gold and enamel imperial presentation snuff box
A JEWELLED, GOLD AND ENAMEL IMPERIAL PRESENTATION SNUFF BOX, LOUIS-FRANÇOIS TRONQUOY, PARIS, CIRCA 1855-1871

 

Agate and gold snuffbox, 19th century
AN AGATE AND GOLD SNUFFBOX, GERMAN, 19TH CENTURY in early 18th century taste, cartouche form, reeded gold rim,
Glass Bonbonniere with silver gilt mounts, 1900
A GLASS BONBONNIÈRE WITH SILVER-GILT MOUNTS, G.A. SCHIED, VIENNA, CIRCA 1900

 

A GOLD-MOUNTED LACQUER BOÎTE À PORTRAIT, PARIS, CIRCA 1780
A GOLD-MOUNTED LACQUER BOÎTE À PORTRAIT, PARIS, CIRCA 1780
A GOLD-LIDDED SHELL SNUFF BOX, PROBABLY ENGLISH, CIRCA 1840
A GOLD-LIDDED SHELL SNUFF BOX, PROBABLY ENGLISH, CIRCA 1840

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