The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, June 30, 2022

Christie's to offer the David Little Silver Collection of Early English Silver
A Charles I silver ewer, London, 1625, maker's mark TH with shell or mullet below, possibly for Thomas Holland. Estimate: £150,000-200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

LONDON.- On 3 December, Christie’s will offer The David Little Silver Collection of Early English Silver in London, comprising 26 very rare works to have survived the loss and destruction of most Tudor and Jacobean Silver during the Civil War. The most extraordinary survivals are the ‘Armada Dishes’ which were rediscovered buried in a barn in the 19th century (estimate: £150,00-200,000). This remarkable collection presents the market with a unique opportunity to acquire some of the last and most valuable objects in private hands. A celebration of beauty and craftsmanship, it also provides an evocative opportunity to compare with Old Master still life paintings, bringing to life the silver objects and vessels depicted. David Little’s working life was spent in Nottinghamshire, where he built collections of early oak furniture, pewter and pre-Civil War silver over the last 30 years with passion and connoisseurship. An important item in the collection is a cup formerly in the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan (estimate: £180,000-220,000). Estimates range from £4,000 to £220,000.

Harry Williams-Bulkeley, International Head of Silver, Christie’s: “The sale of the David Little Collection is an extraordinary opportunity for collectors of the rarest English silver. Timothy Schroder, author of ‘English Silver before the Civil War, The David Little Collection’, published in 2015, summed it up perfectly when he described the collection as “remarkable and well-chosen…assembled in an age when such things are increasingly hard to come by.” To have sought out a group of such high quality works over twenty five years is a great achievement. Many of the lots have passed through hands of eminent collectors, dealers and antiquarians. Now new collectors have the chance to add their names to these impressive provenances.

When I was researching the collection I realised I had seen objects related to many of the pieces in still life paintings at Christie’s and in museums. As a silver specialist I am always looking at how artists of the time represent silver. It was an enjoyable task to seek out paintings which show how the masters of the genre appreciated the work of the silversmith. Collectors today can appreciate the beauty of the pieces through the eyes of a 17th century artist.”

David Little noted: “My interest in Elizabethan and Stuart social history began early in my life and I began collecting 16th and 17th century antique pewter. At that time I owned a pewter spouted ewer with a similarity of design to the Hamilton silver ewer, which I found fascinating. I spent some time comparing the relationship between the two metals, their manufacture, their design and how they complemented each other in use throughout the Elizabethan and Stuart periods. I met Alastair Dickenson when my collection was quite small and we soon formed a close relationship. I respected his knowledge and enthusiasm to build a focused collection, insisting on the rarest and highest quality pieces relevant to the period, attempting to include as many different shapes and forms as possible. I am extremely grateful to Timothy Schroder who kindly agreed to write the fascinating book on my collection, putting it in context with the history of the period. I now look forward to sharing the pleasure that these rare examples have brought me with other collectors.”

Today's News

November 12, 2019

Asheville Art Museum re-opens after major three-year expansion project

The National Gallery launches public appeal to save Orazio Gentileschi's The Finding of Moses for future generations

Jitters before New York's art 'gigaweek'

Centuries old warships linked to 'Vasa' found in Sweden

Louvre Abu Dhabi marks two years, without da Vinci

Marsden Hartley's Birch Grove, autumn leads Bonhams American Art sale in New York

Sotheby's to offer property from Spetchley Park, one of Britain's great Regency houses

Lyon & Turnbull's MODERN MADE auction will turn the spotlight on the West Cornwall fishing town

Works by Margaret MacDonald, Josef Hoffmann and Alphonse Mucha come under the hammer at Dorotheum

Meadows Museum announces a new collaboration with Fundación ARCO

A sculpture for Brooklyn's new golden age?

Morphy's gallery resonates with sounds of antique coin-op and gambling machines in run-up to November auction

Stephen Dixon, author of experimental novels and stories, dies at 83

Thai convent weaves 'beautiful' robes for Pope Francis visit

Syria puppeteer offers Idlib children breathing space

Vivaldi reworked to 'make climate change audible'

Christie's to offer the David Little Silver Collection of Early English Silver

Keith Flint Collection surpasses expectations

Teresa Iarocci Mavica appointed commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

J. Garrett Auctioneers' November 2nd-4th auction grosses over $2 million

Diana Greenwald named new Assistant Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Major survey of Barry Le Va's early work on view at Dia:Beacon

Phillips names Lori Spector as Regional Director for Switzerland

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful