On 23 January 2014, Sotheby’s London presented Of Royal and Noble Descent, a sale featuring royal and aristocratic heirlooms from important European dynasties. Spanning centuries of history, these works of art, precious objects and mementoes are not only testament to the bygone splendor of European courts, they also give a fascinating glimpse into the lives and sometimes extravagant tastes of their royal and noble owners. Discussing the forthcoming sale, Heinrich Graf von Spreti, President Sotheby’s Germany, said: “Having survived through inheritance, these treasures from palaces and historic houses have never been seen by the general public and their appearance at auction offers a unique opportunity for discerning collectors to acquire them.”
One of the highlights of the auction was a 19th‐century Royal children’s carriage, property from a member of a south German Royal family. This exquisite piece was made for Prince Adalbert (1828‐1875), the youngest son of Ludwig I, King of Bavaria and future uncle of Ludwig II, widely‐known as the creator of many romantic castles such as Neuschwanstein and as the most important patron of the composer Richard Wagner. (82cm. high, 170cm. wide, 54cm. deep; 2ft. 8in., 5ft. 7in., 1ft. 9½in.) The carriage sold for 13,750 GBP.
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