Sale of Old Master Paintings & Drawings and English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts on January 25, 2017
Set of Four French Marble Busts of the Continents Achieves $125,000
Auction Tops $1.8 Million Amid Strong International Competition
Doyle’s auction on January 25, 2017 saw strong international competition for English and Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts and Old Master Paintings and Drawings. The sale presented a broad selection of furniture and decorative arts, including Georgian silver; English, Continental and Chinese export porcelain; sculpture; clocks; chandeliers; tapestries and rugs. Old Master paintings and drawings featured landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
With competitive bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet, the sale totaled $1,847,388 with a strong 84% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.
French Marble Busts of the Four Continents
The Four Continents were a common European subject in the 17th and 18th centuries, often expressing the colonial power of Europe with Asia, America and Africa depicted as the sources of Europe's great wealth. Highlighting the sale was a set of four marble busts, in which Africa is related to a statue at Versailles by Georges Sibrayque and finished by Jean Cornu, and the remaining three correspond to late 17th century French examples. The set sold for $125,000, topping their estimate of $80,000-120,000.
Old Master Paintings & Drawings from the Eileen and Herbert C. Bernard Collection
Featured in the sale were Old Master paintings and drawings from The Eileen and Herbert C. Bernard Collection. This remarkable collection was assembled by Eileen (1916-1999) and her husband Herbert (1912-2016) during the course of their 65-year marriage. A highlight of the Collection was a portrait of a young man attributed to the rare Florentine master Tommaso di Stefano Lunetti (ca. 1495-1564). Intense international interest in the work sent its price soaring past the estimate of $3,000-5,000 to a stunning $106,250. The portrait, unusual for its strict profile presentation, was in exceptional condition for a work of the early 16th century. Visitors to the pre-sale exhibition were particularly enthralled by the painting's crisp details and subtly graded shadows, which seemed evocative of contemporary portraits by Leonardo and Giorgione.
During the 18th century, Venetian artists created a new genre: the Venetian veduta, or "view," which could be taken home by well-heeled visitors as a souvenir. An example from the Collection was The Grand Canal, Venice, Looking Toward Santa Maria della Salute by an artist from the school of the mid-century view-painter Bernardo Bellotto, showing not only the city's splendid architecture, but the energetic activity of its people. The work more far exceeded its estimate of $6,000-9,000, selling for $25,000. Read more about Venetian Vedute in The Eileen and Herbert C. Bernard Collection.
Old Master Drawings from the Collection featured examples by Giovanni Paolo Panini, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and a view of an Elegant Company in the Park of a Castle attributed to Adriaen van de Venne estimated at $200-400 that achieved an impressive $20,000. Read more about Old Master drawings in The Eileen and Herbert C. Bernard Collection.
The silver section of the sale featured a rare pair of Irish sterling silver soup tureens from 1827 that sold for $22,500 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000. Made by Dublin silversmith William Nolan, a talented 19th century silversmith often compared to his famed London contemporary Paul Storr, they were engraved with the arms of Sir Colquhoun Grant, a British General of the Napoleonic Wars who served at Waterloo. Read more about Irish silver.
A George III sterling silver covered entree dish by Paul Storr dated 1809 fetched $11,250, surpassing its estimate of $7,000-10,000. It bore the arms of Sir Gore Ouseley (1770-1844), who served as a diplomat in India, Persia and Russia, being named Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Persian Court in 1810, and was likely part of his ambassadorial service.
Agateware was originally produced in England in the 1730s and used different colored clays, sometimes applied to the surface, to create a marbleized effect. This differed from solid agateware introduced in the 1740s, which used white clays and metallic oxides to give striation throughout the marbling. The sale offered a group of these rare wares from a New Jersey Collector, including an interesting pecten shell-shaped teapot that sold for an exceptional $13,750, many times its estimate of $2,000-4,000. Read more about Agateware.
The Collection of Judie and Bennett Weinstock
A special section of the auction featured the contents of the New York apartment of the Philadelphia-based interior designers, Judie and Bennett Weinstock. Architectural Digest’s AD 100 Honorees in 2002 and 2010, the husband and wife team have been collectors throughout their entire marriage of almost fifty years. Property from the Collection of Judie and Bennett Weinstock offered a wide range of exceptional early ceramics, elegant furnishings, stylish decorations and American and Continental paintings, all collected with the discerning eyes of true connoisseurs. Highlighting the collection was an elegant pair of Regency green painted, polychrome decorated caned bergeres that sold for $13,750, doubling their estimate of $5,000-7,000.
All prices include the buyers' premium.
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