The Art of Setting the Table Auction

knives at auction

Continuing on with things I can’t afford in the kitchen, I was just browsing through an upcoming auction online at Sotheby’s auctionhouse in Paris. It covers a wide range of items but they’re all based around the art of the table, so it’s mostly kitchenware, tableware, cutlery, and food related things. Sotheby’s says “This sale will be a magical and gourmet event in the build up to the festive season” which roughly translated means “we have lots of expensive kitchenware for sale and we’d like you to bid like there’s no tomorrow.” The items range in price from a few hundred dollars up to almost $200,000 for a small fountain made of silver.

I’m not saying these things are not worth the money, but wow, I wont be bidding on anything! I do lust after some of the things up for auction though as I do love interesting dinnerware and cutlery!

french knivesLike these 12 French knives, how beautiful are they?! I don’t use the word ‘exquisite’ very often but that’s how I would describe these babies. Sotheby’s describes them as “A SET OF TWELVE FRENCH SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL DESSERT KNIVES, JEAN-ALEXANDRE PARIS ET JEAN-JOSEPH DELPORTE, PARIS, 1819-1838″ And they’re estimated to sell for between $3,100 and $3,800 US dollars. They’re things of great beauty but they’re also about $300 each for butter knives!

italian gravy pourersOr what about this set of four Italian gravy boats or sauce pourers which are estimated to sell for between about $75,000 and $82,000 USD! The auctionhouse describes them as “A RARE SET OF FOUR ITALIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER SAUCE-BOATS WITH FOUR SILVER-GILT SAUCE LADDLES, EUGENIO BRUSA, MILAN, VERS 1805.”

oval dishThis large oval dish filled with fish is probably more art than craft and it has the price to back up the claim. Expect to pay between $25,000 and $37,000 for this fishy dish, circa 1880.

rothschild silver platesWant to eat like a Rothschild billionaire? You could pretend you were a Rothschild with these twelve silver-gilt plates engraved with the Rothschild coat of arms. You’ll need between $19,000 and $25,000 to take the Rothschild silver plates home.

crystal glassesYou’ll be sure to impress guests at your next dinner party with this set of 30 pieces of glassware. You might have to pay up to $19,000 USD for them though, so I don’t think I would be trusting friends with alcohol in Described as “A SET OF THIRTY AUSTRIAN CUT-CRYSTAL GLASSES, VIENNA, CIRCA 1900, ENGRAVED WITH GILT ROTHSCHILD COAT-OF-ARMS.”

travel accessoriesWho doesn’t leave home without their own travel accessories @ just $5,000 USD. They are pretty old though. They’re from 1757 Naples.

The auction at Sotheby’s is on the 17th of this month. Have a look around online if your bank account is UNlike mine or you’re just a dinnerware junkie like myself ;-)

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