Some Quick Facts . . .
Jul 04, 2020,04:01 AM
Wow, thanks for all of the kind words, what a friendly group! Collecting these trays has been a lot of fun and I keep them all right outside my home office, where they inspire daily. One of you asked for some stories -- so please pardon the length of this post but I thought I would oblige.
The hardest one to find was for 1998 (see photo of tray with floral design) Not sure why, but it took years and I finally found one in Germany sold by an antique dealer, and used a translator to negotiate the transaction. I paid up front via PayPal and had no idea if the guy would come through, but to my surprise the tray arrived on my doorstep perfectly packaged/wrapped a few weeks after I sent the cash.
The most valuable one is tough to determine -- because some are so difficult to locate (one or two pop up on eBay every month or so and occasionally a group of them will show up at Christies, Sothenys or the Antiquorum). I believe the one that cost the most for was the small bowel/cover from 2000 (see photo) -- that one garnered a lot of excitement at the time. My wife knew I wanted it but was too cheap to pay the outrageous perceived premium and gave it to me for Father's Day one year -- as I recall, she found it on eBay somehow and wildly overpaid -- but I am glad she did.
The treys are arranged in chronological order staring at the top. My favorites are the two most recent at the end -- (The most recent is the one with the continents and the one before that with the dogs.) The back of each trey has a narrative explaining the design's inspiration, derivation, etc. -- each is a very special piece of art (at least to me).
Once I acquired them all, I asked the uncle of a friend, who is a carpenter, to build something for their display and he built the marvelous display shelf, which in and of itself, is extraordinarily solid and very beautiful -- all cherry wood and meticulously crafted specifically for the trays.
As for the value of the collection -- it is challenging to put a value on the entire group but alas, the hunt is over, and you all know how that goes. Along those lines, if anyone has a modern Patek in good condition (40mm or higher), I am ready to move on to my next project, and would consider a trade for all 26 treys (not interested in a cash sale). It would probably have to be for pick up though (I live in Bethesda, Maryland). I guess I could ship them, but I would hate to have any sort of mishap in shipping. It is not a collection that is easily appraised or replaceable. I am also loathe to make a trade with any sort of seller -- only to fellow collector.
Thanks again for all of the nice posts -- most people see the collection and don't really know what to make of it -- but this group obviously understands and appreciates their significance, which is so nice. I only wish I knew more about them so I could write an article -- I used to write for a watch magazine and would love more information. All I know is that dealers receive them occasionally and pass them along to special buyers. What is so shocking is that I have asked dozens of Patek sales people over the years about them and no one seems to know or really care too much about them. For instance, the so-called Patek "boutique" in Beverly Hills has one or two on display but when I asked about the ones they had on display, the sales people had no idea what they were about or their history. When I spoke with Patek, they were extremely complimentary and gracious but also very secretive about their process (what a surprise!)
Anyway, thanks again everyone! And please post any other questions you may have -- this forum is a wonderful escape. -- John
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Patek Limoges Trays -- Origin, history, etc.?
By: JRSMD : July 3rd, 2020-09:24
I have been collecting Patek Limoges trays for a decade and finally completed the series, each plate from 1997-2019! Am working on article about these unique commemorative artist pieces. I reached out to Patek who were quite polite but really could not te...
By: JRSMD : July 3rd, 2020-10:23
Yes, that is a 5167, originally bought from an AD with a bracelet but I later bought a rubber strap from Patek and have kept that on since.
A collection to be proud of!
By: sham1 : July 3rd, 2020-09:51
Well done on your efforts to assemble this fine collection and thank you for sharing this with us. I have one piece and for me it is so special so to have 23 years worth of trays must give you immense satisfaction.
By: FRAMII : July 3rd, 2020-15:31
I didn’t even know that they had so many different ones.. I have only one which I got as a gift when I bought my wife’s PP. But normally its used for this Not as nicely displayed as you incredible collection 👍👍👍👍👍👍 ...
By: BigAppleBill : July 3rd, 2020-16:01
Whenever I see these at auction I always wonder about them. How satisfying it is to see a complete collection! Well done!
Some Quick Facts . . .
By: JRSMD : July 4th, 2020-04:01
Wow, thanks for all of the kind words, what a friendly group! Collecting these trays has been a lot of fun and I keep them all right outside my home office, where they inspire daily. One of you asked for some stories -- so please pardon the length of this...
By: JRSMD : July 5th, 2020-07:57
I just got an email from the moderator of the collectors market and he cancelled my post. I decided to offer the collection in exchange for “one watch.” I thought it would be a fun process and break the monotony. Apparently, I violated the “no Schilling” ...
By: anaroku : July 5th, 2020-04:22
I wish I could get all the magazine. It is wonderful collection. Frami
Wow...great story and nice collection
By: Patekfinity : July 4th, 2020-09:25
Thank you for sharing your story! Very nice back story on those. I believe these were regularly given to VVIPs from their AD. I know of a Patek collector getting one every year from their AD for Christmas. Nice to see there is a fellow Patek enthusiast ne...