GENESEO, N.Y. — A pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns sailed past its high estimate of $15,000 to attain $201,250 at Cottone Auction’s fall fine art and antiques auction October 4–5. The urns were the top lot in an auction that grossed $2.2 million.
No doubt driving up the final price was the fact that the Meissen pieces were made to commemorate a member of the Saxon royal house, with a portrait and coat of arms that probably represented Carola von Vasa (1833–1907), the Princess of Sweden and Queen of Saxony. She and her husband, King Albert (1828–1902) often gave Meissen objects as diplomatic presents.
Each urn stood 33 inches tall and was intricately decorated with figures, insects, flowers, cherubs, crowns and gold leaf.
A complete report on the auction will appear in a future edition.