Published: June 2, 2020
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago presented a sale of silver and curios on May 26 featuring a selection from around the world, including Chinese, Continental, French and German works. Among the many highlights were tea and coffee services by Johan Rohde and S. Kirk & Son, flatware services by Tiffany & Co. and Puiforcat, as well as other heirloom pieces by Georg Jensen, Tétard Frères and others. The sale totaled $483,850, 97 percent sold by lot and 140 percent by value.
The highest price in the sale was $20,000, attained by a Samuel Kirk & Son seven-piece sterling silver tea and coffee service, Baltimore, circa 1892. The service, with a gross weight of 348 troy ounces, comprised a hot water urn, coffee pot, teapot, covered sugar bowl, cream jug, waste bowl and kettle-on-stand featuring floral repoussé decoration with heron, dragonfly, fish and Chinese figural finials. Marked to the underside of each example was “S. Kirk & Son 11 oz,” and each example had an engraved inscription to underside, “Elizabeth J. Smith December 25, 1892.” The price reported includes the buyer’s premium as stated by the auction house. For information, 609-397-9374 or www.ragoarts.com.
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