Also known as ‘objets d’art’, items in this category are usually small decorative and utility pieces made from a variety of (sometimes valuable) materials such as wood, copper, tin or other metals, ceramic, textile or a combination of these. Think, for example, of decorative storage boxes, fans, opera glasses, rugs, tapestries, religious objects and so on. Our experts in this field are Chris Vellinga, Frederik Knegtel, Andrew Mattijssen and in the area of textiles Philomeen van ’t Hooft. Highlights are sold in our spring and autumn auctions.
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In this Expert’s Voice, expert Frederik Knegtel presents a piece of American history: an engraved silver box containing a lock of hair of the late President George Washington. Find out more about the fascinating provenance, which involves not one, but two Presidents of the United States, in this video!
This lot was up for auction in our Home & Interiors: Antique Furniture & Design, Ceramics & Decorative Art auction on 15 December 2022.
Lot 4021 | An engraved silver box containing a lock of hair and a hand-written note stating that the lock of hair was taken from the body of George Washington (1732-1799)
Ca. 1799-1800, USA
Hammer price: € 7.500
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