Silver & Silver-plated items

Barkentin and Krall chalice

Barkentin and Krall chalice - £27,500 at JS Auctions.

When it comes to antique silverware, the size and weight of objects does not always determine value. Grand works by the likes of London-based Huguenot Paul de Lamerie or the Germain family in Paris have acquired huge status and value, while small objects such as nutmeg graters, early spoons or vesta cases can command high sums as they have a strong specialist collecting base.

The system of silver hallmarks serves as a quality control, giving an official stamp from showing the metal is of requisite purity, but the marks (or punches) also reveal the year, the place of origin and the identity of the maker, providing pieces of silverware with their own stamped passport of information.

Silver flower baskets

Secessionist silver flower baskets by Josef Hoffmann are among five lots to watch

20 November 2023

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


New scholarship pays off for teapots

20 November 2023

Chiswick Auctions’ most successful silver sale to date on October 11 included a George II teapot of American colonial interest.


Silver: Cutting the mustard

20 November 2023

The forthcoming sale of a collection of around 100 silver mustard pots in Newcastle highlights the connection between the northeast and the rise of the commercial trade in English mustard


A hexagonal silver tankard with Wedgwood plaques is among five lots to watch

13 November 2023

With estimates from £100, here are five previews of items coming at auction this week.

Stolen silver items

Plea to track down silver stolen from Nottinghamshire museum

02 November 2023

Police are appealing for information after a collection of antique silver was stolen from a museum near Worksop in Nottinghamshire.


Silver collection from Angela Gross Folk comes to New Orleans auction

30 October 2023

With her art collection dispersed through recent auction activity at Sotheby’s, Freeman’s and Toomey & Co, it is now time for the late Angela Gross Folk’s silver collection to come to market.


Indian silver with a British touch at Californian auction

30 October 2023

The September 24 sale at Fine Estate, Inc (23% buyer’s premium) in San Rafael, California, included this example of Anglo-Indian silver.


Pair of chairs record toppled twice in same Rothschild sale

23 October 2023

The auction record for a pair of chairs was broken twice as part of Christie’s Rothschild family auction series in New York.


Peter Orr silver trophy races away to 10 times low estimate

23 October 2023

This colonial-era Indian silver horse racing trophy is marked for Peter Orr and Sons of Madras.


Silver makes Kinghams auction debut

23 October 2023

Kinghams (25% buyer’s premium) had held its inaugural Silver & Objects of Vertu sale on September 8.

Stuart Devlin ‘flower box’

Exhibition showcases Benney and Devlin, giants of British silversmithing revival

16 October 2023

Elements from the Pearson collection of post-war silver - the largest assemblage of its kind in private hands - will be on display at Noonans in Mayfair.


An Art Nouveau design by a woman silversmith is among five lots to watch

09 October 2023

With estimates from £600, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


‘Ornamental genius’ Peche proves popular 100 years after his death

09 October 2023

Wiener Werkstätte designer died aged just 36 but still produced an extensive range in various materials


Traditional highlights to be found in Munich art fair

09 October 2023

Now in its 14th year, the art fair Highlights is way past the status of a newcomer and has become an established up-market event in the autumn calendar.

Hunger strike medal

Museum buys Suffragette hunger strike medal after successful fundraising campaign

04 October 2023

Glasgow Women’s Library has bought a hunger strike medal at auction at Bonhams after more than 500 people donated to help secure the piece of suffragette history.

Elizabethan silver and porcelain goblet

Elizabethan goblet good to go after further examination

02 October 2023

Following examination by a committee of experts and testing at Goldsmiths Hall, an Elizabethan silver and porcelain goblet comes to auction.

Declaration and seal

Ivory seal deemed to be of ‘outstanding’ value comes to Cirencester auction

02 October 2023

The sale at Moore Allen & Innocent on October 11-12 includes a series of personal items relating to William Duke of Clarence, later William IV (1765-1837).

Maud Joachim medal

Glasgow museum makes fundraising plea to buy Suffragette hunger strike medal

28 September 2023

Glasgow Women’s Library is fundraising to bid at auction for a medal marking the first Suffragette hunger strike in Scotland.


Dealer news in brief including more objects on offer at the LAPADA Berkeley Square Fair

25 September 2023

A roundup of news and events from around the trade


Impressive Storr silver from Hugh Barclay collection emerges

18 September 2023

On September 29 Cottone of Geneseo, New York, will offer the collection of lawyer Hugh Barclay (1932-2021), a former 11-term New York State Senator and US Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.