ESTIMATED at $20,000-30,000, this Vezzi porcelain octagonal teapot and cover attracted great interest among European buyers at the latest sale held by Skinner in Boston.
Dated to c.1725 and measuring 5in (13cm) high, the Italian piece
was decorated with botanical specimens and mounted in bronze to the
lid and the spout.
It was an unusual over-the-counter consignment for Skinner (the
vendor's mother had bought it in Europe in the 1940s), and was in
The mounts were thought to be of the period.
Offered in Skinner's quarterly British and Continental furniture
and works of art auction on January 7-8, it drew both both trade
and private bidders (all of them on the telephone), before it sold
at $80,000 (£53,000) plus 18.5% buyer's premium.
The buyer was thought to be a private collector.
The Vezzi factory made porcelain for only seven years and a
significant percentage of the surviving wares are teapots. It was
the third factory in Europe to produce hard-paste porcelain was
founded in Venice in 1720 by Venetian goldsmiths Francesco and
Giuseppe Vezzi with technical expertise from Christoph Conrad
Hunger. The latter had worked at the Du Paquier factory in Vienna
and would later oversee porcelain production at St Petersburg.