Important Gilbert Marks Silver Bowl Heads Shapiro Design Sale



by Nicholas Forrest

Published: June 16, 2013

A spectacular and important sterling silver footed bowl from 1897 by renowned arts and crafts silversmith Gilbert Marks is the highlight of the Shapiro June 17 Traditional Art and Design sale in Sydney. Estimated to fetch AU$40,000 - $60,000, the gilt-washed bowl features hand beaten and repoussé decoration of fruit and leaves and was shown at the The Fine Art Society in London in 1899 as part of an exhibition of Mark’s beaten and repoussé silver.

Also sure to generate plenty of interest is a beautifully decorated large presentation silver-mounted cut glass kovsh by Alexander Piskarev of Moscow. Decorated with a handle modelled as a Russian falconer wearing a kaftan and holding a falcon before a large scroll decorated with Pan-Slavic roundel, the kovsh was last sold by Christie’s in Melbourne in 2003 when it fetched AU$21,150 against an estimate of AU$15,000 - A$20,000. It will be offered for sale by Shapiro with the same AU$15,000 - $20,000 estimate.

An important painting by the well known British painter Frank Markham Skipworth titled “Gypsies Reviving a Drowned Youth 1888” is the highlight of the fine art section of the sale. Known for his genre and historical paintings as well as his fine portraits, Skipworth exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. “Gypsies Reviving a Drowned Youth 1888” is being offered for sale by Shapiro with an estimate of $20,000 - $30,000 and could potentially break the artist’s auction record of US$30,000 set in 2011 by Sotheby’s.