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An Italian silver bowl and cover attributed to Gianmaria Buccellati, post 1968. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011

the basket like base having a cover modelled in relief with an extravagant array of naturalistically modelled fruit and foliage, the base Stamped 925 and a star 879 F1 in a rectangle; 10¼ in. (26 cm.) wide - Estimate £2,000 - £3,000 ($3,216 - $4,824)

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A Gianmaria Buccellati Italian silver bowl and cover , post 1968. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011

naturalistically modelled as a pumpkin with hammer-textured sides, raised on three leaf form feet, the cover with stem and leaf finial, stamped Sterling Buccellati Italy and a star 26 MI in a rectangle; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high - Estimate £1,500 - £2,000 ($2,412 - $3,216)

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Three Gianmaria Buccellati Italian silver decorative bowls, post 1968. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011

each naturalistically formed as leaves, each one stamped with varying Buccellati maker's and silver marks for sterling or 925; widest 15 in. (38 cm.) (3) - Estimate £1,500 - £2,000 ($2,412 - $3,216)

Christie's. Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit, 5 July 2011, London, South Kensington www.christies.com