Objects of Vertu

Objects of Vertu have been sold at 25 Blythe Road within Matthew Barton Ltd’s series of auctions since November 2009.

The Objects of Vertu department deals with an extensive range, from the finest gold boxes through to fans, enamels, silver smallwork, intaglio or cameo carvings and Russian Decorative Arts including Fabergé. The biannual European and Asian Works of Art sales include a section devoted to this field of ‘precious objects’.

Amongst recent highlights are: a Victorian silver snuff box by Hilliard & Thomason, Birmingham, 1854, which sold for £40,000, a carved agate cameo profile portrait of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, by Nicola Morelli (1771-1838), circa 1810, sold for £16,000, a Feodor Rückert cloisonné enamel desk tray sold for £20,000 and a Hermann Böhm Viennese enamel cabaret set, which sold for £17,000.