Auction of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts on May 22, 2019
Featuring Property from a Park Avenue Apartment Decorated by Bunny Williams
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction on May 22, 2019 offered fine English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts from prominent estates and collections across the country. Spanning the Renaissance through the English Regency, the sale presented a broad selection of elegant furniture, decorations, Georgian silver, porcelain, sculpture, mirrors, clocks, chandeliers, sconces, tapestries and rugs. A featured section of the sale was devoted to Old Master Paintings & Drawings.
With competitive international bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones, and via the Internet, the auction totaled a successful $1,477,656, surpassing its estimate of $872,850-1,370,700 with an exceptional 92% sold by lot and 98% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a Biedermeier mahogany globe-form work table that achieved $37,500, surpassing its estimate of $15,000-25,000. This circa 1820 work table, or Globustisch, showcased the expertise of a skilled master craftsman, its finely engineered elements still working seamlessly. The form of a Globustisch was widely used in the Biedermeier period and epitomizes the simplicity and elegance of design found in Biedermeier furniture. Adding to the excitement generated by the table was its provenance: it had once been in the collection of H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent, née Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, a member of the British Royal Family.
A beautiful collection from a Park Avenue apartment was formed with interior designer Bunny Williams in 1988 when she established her eponymous firm, having just left Parish-Hadley. She traveled with the clients to England, where they purchased from London’s leading English furniture dealers. The collection featured an Irish George II mahogany table, circa 1750, decorated with a lion’s mask, one of the most characteristic features of 18th century Irish furniture design. The Irish architect Edward Lovett Pearce introduced English architect and designer William Kent’s plaster ‘tabernacle frame’ with lion mask to Irish architecture, which was then taken up in furniture design, especially to friezes of side tables. Here we see the interplay between architecture and the decorative arts, so skillfully employed by Irish makers. The handsome table realized $21,250 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000.
Silver from a New Jersey Estate offered a group of English silver with rare examples among the earliest of their form. A Provincial chocolate pot made in Chester in 1703 and a William III silver monteith from 1701 were inspired by Chinese porcelain Estimated each at $15,000-25,000, they sold for $28,125 and $16,250, respectively.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
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Furniture & Decorations, Peter Lang, 212-427-4141, ext 274, Furniture@Doyle.com
Silver: Todd Sell, 212-427-4141, ext 269, Silver@Doyle.com
Rugs, Carpets & Tapestries: Mark Topalian, 212-427-4141, ext 243, Rugs@Doyle.com