Charlton Hall's upcoming three-day sale features over 1,100 lots of art, antiques, furniture and tableware, as well as the best in prized porcelain, from Sevres to Meissen.
From June 20-22, Charlton Hall Auctions will host the estate sale of Leon and Billie Goodall, which features the couple's illustrious collection of art, Asian antiques, English furniture, jewelry and décor. However, one of their most extraordinary collections was their porcelain, which features exquisite pieces from the top manufacturers, including Meissen, Sevres, Royal Copenhagen, KPM and Herend.
Here are the highlights:
This rare Louis XV ormulu-mounted Meissen chariot dates to the 18th century and displays the fine craftsmanship of the brand. Meissen was founded in 1708 as the first European porcelain hard-paste manufacture, introducing a process that had only been known in China to Europe. Meissen became known for their gorgeously detailed Rococo figures and lacy floral work.
Another important German porcelain company was KPM which was founded in 1763 by King Frederick of Prussia as the royal porcelain manufactory in Berlin. This jewelry coffer dates to 1886, when a new artistic director, Alexander Kips, took over KPM and infused it with Art Nouveau elements, while retaining the elegant Rococo style that the royal family enjoyed.
The Herend porcelain manufactury was founded later, in 1826, but it catered to royalty and European elites, including the Hapsburg dynasty and the Rothschild banking family. In fact, in 1860 Herend created a special line of porcelain for the Rothschild family with the motif of birds on branches with pearl necklaces clutched in their beaks. This represents a tale of Baroness de Rothschild who had lost her pearl necklace until a gardener found the birds playing with it in a tree. Here, the Rothschild pattern is featured on a partial dinner service.
Sevres porcelain was originally part of Vincennes porcelain, founded by King Louis XV in 1738, and was renamed when the factory was moved to the town of Sevres about 20 years later. It soon eclipsed Meissen as the most fashionable porcelain manufactury and was owned by the French monarchy and later by the French government. Dating to the 19th century, this petite gilt metal Sevres style box is covered in porcelain and depicts idyllic scenes of a young mother with children and landscapes.
In the mid 1700s, a professor at the Botanic Gardens of Copenhagen started pictorially documenting all of the native floral and plant species of Denmark in an atlas titled "Flora Danica". This effort was finished in 1883 and included over 3,200 individual plates. These elegant drawings inspired the Crown Prince of Denmark to order a magnificent dinner set with Flora Danica paintings on them as a diplomacy gift to the Russian Empress in 1790. Here are two dishes produced in the mid-20th century by Royal Copenhagen in a Flora Danica botanical flower design.