She held her first sale in 1984 and rapidly became a respected figure in the Bavarian antiques community, with monthly auctions attracting dealers and collectors from home and abroad. It was her wish her trusted team of employees should continue the work she had begun and made the appropriate arrangements to ensure the future of the company.
The next sale will be held on July 14. Among the pieces on offer is this 6½in (17cm) patinated brass casket set to the lid with a micro-mosaic of St Peter’s Square in Rome.
The signature on the base of the casket shows it to be the work of the Roman craftsman Cesare Roccheggiani. First recorded in 1859, in 1874 he opened his own shop in the Via Condotti, producing not only small-scale souvenirs for tourists but also larger mosaic compositions for table tops, cabinets and the like. This casket has a starting price of €450.