Koopman Rare Art Presents The Shield of Achilles, ‘The Most Spectacular Example of Regency Silver of All Time’

Koopman Rare Art Gallery, London - image courtesy KRA

Leading London silver dealer Koopman Rare Art is presenting an outstanding, rare group of early antique silver plus the highly important, Royal George IV, silver-gilt masterpiece The Shield of Achilles at TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in Maastricht.

Shield of Achilles – image courtesy Koopman Rare Art

The highly historic and impressive silver-gilt shield, which bears the Royal Arms of Ernst Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771-1851), is one of the main focal points on the stand of Koopman Rare Art at TEFAF Maastricht 2019.

It is described by Lewis Smith, Director of Koopman Rare Art as “the most spectacular example of Regency silver of all time” and has an asking price in the region of £5 million.

Charles II silver tazza – image courtesy Koopman Rare Art

Alongside the Shield of Achilles, Koopman Rare Art is showing an exceptionally rare group of early antique silver dating from pre-1700, including an important Charles II silver tazza made in London in 1683, with an asking price of £225,000; a large Elizabeth I ‘Armada’ dish made in 1586, asking price in the region of £160,000; an important silver gilt Spanish ewer made in Madrid in 1662-3, with an asking price in the region of £150,000; and an important Charles II London silver gilt wall light, circa 1670, with an asking price in the region of £75,000.

Silver ewer made in Madrid – image courtesy Koopman Rare Art

These superlative examples of silver artistry, together with many other historic and interesting silver pieces, as well as gold boxes, objets de vertu as well as a select group of jewellery, are shown in striking new showcases conceived by Nicholas Lee Architects. The simplicity of the display is designed to create a neutral environment that focuses the attention of the antique silver masterpieces in a way which is dynamic and contemporary, but still very classic.

Charles II silvergilt wall light – image courtesy Koopman Rare Art

Koopman Rare Art, founded by Jacques and Eddy Koopman in 1952, is a leading dealer in antique silver, trading from premises in Chancery Lane in the City of London since 1969. Today, the company is run by Lewis Smith and Timo Koopman, who between them have more than 70 years experience of dealing in the finest and most important antique silver on the market.

Koopman Rare Art Gallery, London – image courtesy KRA

TEFAF is organised by The European Fine Art Foundation, a not for-profit foundation acting as an expert guide for both private and institutional collectors in a global marketplace. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading annual exhibitions of fine art, antiques, and design, this year’s event in Maastricht takes place from March 16th-24th. Details are available here.

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