Last week at an English regional auction, this very attractive silver cage with Archimedean in the 18th century French style came up for sale. See it here . The lot was on the-saleroom.com so attracted plenty of attention even though it was “hidden” somewhat in a mixed lot with a low 50-80 pounds estimate.
There was some speculation about its authenticity. It really looked lovely to these untrained eyes and it seems a few others agreed. It ended up going to a bidder in the room for 2,500 pounds plus 22% premium, so a bit over 3,000 pounds.
If it’s a genuine 18th century piece that’s a bargain. Check out Giulian’s 18th century book p132-3 for a discussion of French cages. Most were iron but some were silver. Any thoughts?
The auctioneer did not describe it as silver and suggested it may have been plated.