Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A punch bowl for how much?
AMERICAN SILVER BOWL SETS RECORD AT AUCTION
An American silver bowl (est., $400,000-$800,000) set a record of $5,906,500 at a Sotheby's auction last Friday. The punch bowl was made about 1700-1710 by Cornelius Kierstede and descended from the original Royalist owner to his present-day English relatives, who revealed its existence in 2009.
Amazing...truly amazing. So much more than a punch bowl. Some background on Kierstede:
Kierstede was born in New York City on Christmas Day 1674, into the third generation of a Dutch-American family. After serving an apprenticeship, he began working as a silversmith and registered as a freeman of New York City on July 26, 1698. For more on Kierstede click here.