Current Auction

English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts / Old Master Paintings

Wed, May 24, 2017 at 10am EDT |
New York
2017-05-24 10:00:00 2017-05-24 18:00:00 America/New_York English and Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts / Old Master Paintings Two-Day Auction on Wed, May 24 & Thurs, May 25. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle
View Lots & Place Bids Learn about buying at Doyle

Two-Day Auction on Wed, May 24 & Thurs, May 25

Exhibition Dates
Sat, May 20
10am – 5pm

Sun, May 21
12pm – 5pm

Mon, May 22
10am – 6pm


Doyle New York
175 East 87th Street
New York,  NY  10128

  • 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

Client Services

Janice Youngren
212-427-4141, ext 207

Bidding Services

Elizabeth Jones
212-427-4141, ext 242
Fax: 212-427-7526

Sales Specialists

Peter Lang
212-427-4141, ext 274

Elaine Banks Stainton
212-427-4141, ext 249

Printed Catalogue Subscriptions Department

212-427-4141, ext 203

Media Contact

Louis LeB. Webre
SVP, Marketing & Media
212-427-4141, ext 232

  • Estate of Harry Oppenheimer
  • Estate of Mary Kettaneh
  • Property from a Private New York Estate
  • Property from a Prominent Virginia Collection
  • Property from a Southern California Collector
  • Property from the Descendants of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna
  • Property from the Estate of Beatrice Shorr
  • Property of a Lady of Title
  • Property of a New York Estate
  • Property of a Private Collector, Ardsley, NY
  • Property of a Private Collector, Long Island
  • Property of a Santa Barbara Collector
  • Property of Mrs. Paul Guth
  • The Collection of Adolfo
  • The Estate of Aileen Mehle