ntique and religious sculpture were in high demand at the very beginning of the auction of Furniture, Sculpture and Decorations. The highest bid for a Roman sculpture was CHF 21 000 which went for a marble caryatid from the 2nd/3rd century, which had been given a maximum estimate of CHF 2 500 (lot 1006). Further high points in this early part of the auction were Lots 1026 and 1029. The fragment of a âfigure gisanteâ from the 14th century - two gilt copper hands in supplication from Limoges - was sold for CHF 84 000. A processional cross from Limoges from the early 13th century, which features in the corresponding specialist publication of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, went to a new collection for CHF 74 400. The keenest bidding war took place, however, over a Romanesque Madonna and Child. The carving had been made in Spain in the 12th/13th century. Estimated at CHF 12 000 to 18 000, it reached a price of CHF 117 600 and was thereby the top lot of the auction day (lot 1033).
A164 / 1033
MARY WITH CHILD, romanic, Spain, 12th/13th century.
Sold for CHF 117 600 (buyer's premium incl.)
A164 / 1026
PRAYING HANDS, part of a so-called "figure gisante",
Renaissance, Limoges, 14th century.
Sold for CHF 84 000 (buyer's premium incl.)
A164 / 1029
PROCESSION CROSS, Limoges, beginning of 13th century.
Sold for CHF 74 400 (buyer's premium incl.)
A164 / 1069
MARY WITH CHILD, late gothic, middle Germany, circa 1500.
Sold for CHF 58 600 (buyer's premium incl.)
A164 / 1036
SAINT GEORGE, late gothic, Southern Tyrol, circa 1520.
Sold for CHF 11 700 (buyer's premium incl.)
A164 / 1082
SAINT NICHOLAS, late Gothic, Southern Germany, circa 1500.