English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts / Old Master PaintingsWed, May 24, 2017 at 10am EDT |
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
Doyle will hold an auction of Old Master Paintings & Drawings and English & Continental Furniture & Decorations on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10am. The sale will present 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.
Old Master Paintings
George Romney (1734-1802) was the most important portraitist of late 18th century British society. He is best known for his many depictions of Emma Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s great love. The sale offers a beguiling portrait of Miss Mary Perryn, a splendid example of Romney’s work when he was at the height of his career. It remained in the family of the sitter until circa 1910, when it was acquired by the family of the present consignor, a private collection in Connecticut (est. $20,000-40,000).
A brass-inlaid mahogany armchair at Pavlovsk, probably made by Heinrich Gambs, a German émigré cabinet-maker who worked in tandem with Voronikhin, relates directly to a suite of Russian brass-mounted mahogany seating furniture (est. $12,000-18,000). Also included is a pair of Russian armchairs from the collection of the fashion designer Adolfo similar to designs by Voronikhin and made by Karl Scheibe for the Greek Hall at Pavlovsk (est. $3,000-5,000). Featured in the sale are elegant furniture and decorations from the Collection of Judith Taubman, including a fine Russian bergere.
Andrei Nikiforovich Voronikhin (1759-1814) was one of Russia’s most important architects of the late 18th/early 19th century. He worked for the Imperial Family at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and at Pavlovsk. A George III giltwood settee in the manner of the eminent London furniture maker John Linnell from a New York Private Estate is almost identical to one of his circa 1770 sofa designs (est. $3,000-5,000). A similar suite of settees and armchairs made by Linnell, circa 1768, for the home of William Drake, Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire, is now in the Royal Collection of H.M.Queen Elizabeth II.
A design for a ‘Coridor [sic] Stool’ is illustrated in Thomas Sheraton’s 1803 The Cabinet Dictionary. A Regency bench in the sale is related to Sheraton’s design in its outscrolled sides, dolphin carved legs and arched stretcher between the legs, the sides upholstered, now with a loose-cushioned seat and made for a niche, as it is of slightly concave form (est. $7,000-10,000).
Property of a Pennsylvania Collection offers fine examples of 17th and 18th century English silver, including a pair of Charles II covered bowls decorated with chinoiserie decoration, dated 1683, and a Charles II sugar box of 1672 that safeguarded valuable sugar under lock and key. A large George I Irish strawberry dish dated 1719 references the fluting of Ming Chinese porcelain, and a pair of George II sauceboats reflect the influence of French design on early 18th century English silver (est. range $7,000-15,000).
Russian Works of Art
A special section of the auction will be devoted to Doyle’s inaugural sale of Russian Works of Art. Read More
The Estate of Aileen Mehle
Doyle is 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 will be offered as a special section of the May 24 sale. Her extraordinary collection of glamorous jewelry will be offered as a special section of the April 27 sale of Important Jewelry. Read More