An exotic piece being offered up in the is this silver-gilt and jeweled kovsh by Fabergé, executed in a Slavic moderne style. The piece is a true work of art, the handle is in the shape of a firebird with ruby eyes holding a pendant jewel in its beak and the wings are set with cabochon sapphires and emeralds.

The next highlight is a complete service for twelve, plus serving pieces, in the ‘St. Dunstan’ pattern by master craftsman Tiffany & Co. What makes this lot of particular interest, As well as this being a full service, the fact that it is also in the original wooden chest makes is particularly special. Copies of the original purchase receipt along with valuations from Tiffany & Co., indicated that the set was purchased in 1929 and has remained in the consigner's family until this auction.

A personal favorite, the maker, Hans Christensen (1924-1983), shaped the craft of silversmithing in America, as he was one of the most accomplished and inventive designers of the second half of the 20th century. This is evident through the tooled tree bark textured base on the compote, which has been applied with depictions of craftsmen at work. The team at Freeman's, have found that no other example of this design has appeared at auction. The compote is also engraved as a presentation piece for the “Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Professorship in Contemporary Crafts,” making it particularly rare as Christensen was the only endowed chair  of this Professorship.

Freeman's Silver & Objets de Vertu sale will be held on May 18, 2016. Check out the full catalog on Barnebys here.

Sarah Blattner is Freeman's Associate Specialist in Freeman’s Silver & Objets de Vertu department, as well as the Department Administrator for the Jewelry & Watches department. She specializes in American, English, & Continental silver.