Important Spring Sale – Anna Wehtje lists favourites in the upcoming auction
Specialists choice Anna Wehtje
We have spoken with Anna Wehtje, Head specialist Silver & Objects of Vertu, who talks about the selection at this spring's Important Spring Sale. She also takes the opportunity to list some of her favourite objects among the substantial selection in this spring's auction.
What can we look forward to in this spring's Important Spring Sale auction?
- The four rococo candlesticks by Arvid Floberg are reminiscent of French meringues, very difficult to resist. They can be combined in so many ways and therefore suitable for both everyday table settings and parties. The silver at this spring's auction is at a high level overall. It is especially nice that we have so many exciting cups and drink jugs from the Baroque. Objects with great importance throughout history, from a time when people often had a large part of their capital invested in silver - this type of object was some kind of genuine money boxes. The quality is high, and the beverage jugs are heavy with an impressively simple design language.
There are so many beautiful items to set the table with, candlesticks, saucers, saucers, salt shakers, cutlery and lovely jugs for coffee and tea.
What should you think about if you want to buy silver?
- Collecting silver is satisfying, and there are many different ways to go - you can, for example, collect objects from your hometown, a certain type of object such as spoons or perhaps objects from a specific time such as the Baroque or Empire. Quality and condition must always be in focus - otherwise, I am an advocate for generally collecting beautiful things, things that "speak to you".
What makes silver so interesting to you?
- For me, it is a balance between the impressing craft and the historically important role silver has played in the power game between different countries. The objects were made to impress and show wealth and power, at the same time appreciated above all for the material's properties that made it possible to melt the objects and convert them into actual coins. Today, the value lies more on the artistic side.
Crafts of art need to be experienced in three dimensions, and when it comes to silver, it is important to feel the weight in your hand. The quality is not only in the proportions and in the master stamp, but the whole makes the experience. That's why auction viewings are such an important place - in our viewings; you have the possibility to both see and touch the objects - so take advantage and come down to the show!
Parcel-gilt silver jug Petter Lund 18th century
I am weak for objects that you can use in your everyday life.
The small measuring jug by Petter Lund in Nyköping 1727, is an unusually small object that measures 1 dl. It can stand on the kitchen counter and easily be used daily.
The baroque drinking jug with the beautiful engraving, which tells the story of a lost son, is perhaps not a useful everyday object but an object I would like to look at every day - like a sculpture with its own story.
Rococo silver candlesticks Arvid Floberg, 18th century
The four rococo candlesticks by Arvid Floberg are reminiscent of French meringues, very difficult to resist. They can be combined in so many ways and therefore suitable for both everyday table settings and parties.