Collection and Gallery of Alain Morvan Antiquitäten
triumphs at London Sale

The sale of the private collection of Alain Morvan, together with the contents of his Munich antiques gallery, made £840,000 at Bonhams London last week (6 March). 97% of the pieces found new owners.

Bonhams Senior Representative in Germany Dr. Thomas Kamm said, "We were confident that this would be a strong sale, but it exceeded our expectations. Alain Morvan was a well-known antique dealer in Munich and further afield for more than 50 years, and we had bidders from more than 30 countries in the room, on the phone and on the internet. Thanks to some very competitive bidding most lots sold for many times their presale estimates."

Highlights included:

- A pair of Restoration patinated and gilt-bronze candelabra. Sold for £16,313 (estimate £4,000-6,000)

- A large gilt bronze lamp base in the Empire style and after Jacob-Desmalter. Sold for £12,563 (estimate £3,000-5,000)

- A large pair of French 19th century gilt and patinated bronze six branch candelabra in the manner of Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Sold for £11, 313 (estimate £3,000-5,000)

- Karl Ferdinand von Kügelgen (German, 1772-1832) Figures within a landscape. Sold for £10,063 (estimate £1,000-1,500)


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