Sale of Old Master Paintings & Drawings and English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts on May 24-25, 2017
Featuring the Estate of Aileen Mehle, Known to Her Fans Worldwide as the Society Columnist Suzy
And the Inaugural Sale of Russian Works of Art
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a two-day auction of Old Master Paintings & Drawings and English & Continental Furniture & Decorations on Wednesday and Thursday, May 24 and 25, 2017. 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.
The Collection of Judith Taubman
Doyle was pleased to offer Property from The Collection of Judith Taubman, comprising lots 326-366. Among the many magnificent objects being offered was Robert Jupe’s extraordinary Improved Expanding Table, patented in 1835 that soared past its estimate of $50,000-70,000 to achieve a stunning $187,500. When closed, the diameter of the Jupe table is 5 feet 7 inches. The top rotates to accept two separate sets of leaves: the first expanded diameter is 6 feet 10 inches, the larger leaves expanding the table to the almost monumental diameter of 8 feet 2 inches. Jupe’s patent is so ingenious, after almost 182 years, it is still being copied but the copies have never been as successful nor as easy to use as the original table. Watch a video of this technological marvel.
The Collection also offered a very rare late 18th/early 19th century Russian giltwood bergère en gondole. The backrest was beautifully carved at the sides with feathers and centering a plume above a beaded and rinceaux-carved frieze and swagged draperies on all sides, the fur-carved front legs ending in claw-and-ball feet. Competitive bidding sent the piece sailing to $22,500, far exceeding its $3,000-5,000 estimate.
Old Master Paintings
The section of the sale devoted to Old Master paintings performed very strongly, with competitive bidding from both sides of the Atlantic driving prices far over the estimates of many works.
Known for his meticulous technique, Nicholas van Veerendael was one of the most highly regarded among a galaxy of superb Still Life painters working in late 17th century Antwerp. The sale offered a beautiful floral piece that was a classic example of his most characteristic work. Consigned by the Estate of a New York Lady, the work was the object of strong competition that sent the price far over its estimate of $5,000-8,000 to achieve $75,000.
Although better known today as the brother of the cityscape painter Gerrit Berckheyde, Job Berckheyde was famous in his own time as a painter of Dutch genre subjects. A wonderfully realized tranche-de-vie of three companions at a table shows admirably why his interiors of this type were eagerly sought by the most discriminating collectors of his day. Also property from the Estate of a New York Lady, the painting fared very strongly, fetching $37,500, many times its estimate of $5,000-8,000.
Property of a Pennsylvania Collection offered fine examples of 17th and 18th century English silver, including a large George I Irish strawberry dish dated 1719 that references the fluting of Ming Chinese porcelain. Made by the Dublin silversmith David King and bearing an armorial engraving, the dish sold for $23,750, surpassing its estimate of $10,000-15,000.
From the same Collection was a pair of Charles II covered bowls decorated with chinoiserie figures and birds, They would have been at the height of fashion when they were made in 1683. Charles II’s marriage to Catherine of Braganza in 1662 brought Bombay to the English crown as part of her dowry, inspiring a fascination with all things Asian. The bowls doubled their estimate of $8,000-12,000, selling for $20,000.
Russian Works of Art
A special section of the auction was devoted to Doyle’s inaugural sale of Russian Works of Art. Read More
The Estate of Aileen Mehle
Doyle was honored to auction the Estate of Aileen Mehle, known to her fans worldwide as the society columnist Suzy. Her collection of Continental furniture, decorations, paintings, couture, costume jewelry, accessories, photographs, and memorabilia from her elegant ballroom apartment decorated by Mario Buatta were offered as a special section of the May 24 sale. Read More
All prices include the buyers' premium.
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for the Fall 2017 auction of Old Master Paintings & Drawings, English & Continental Furniture & Decorations and Russian Works of Art. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please contact:
Peter Lang, Furniture & Decorations, 212-427-4141, ext 274, Furniture@Doyle.com
Elaine Stainton, Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext 249, Paintings@Doyle.com
Mark Moehrke, Russian Works of Art, 212-427-4141, ext 272, Russian@Doyle.com