English & Continental Furniture / Old Master Paintings
Auction of English & Continental Furniture and Old Master Paintings on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10am
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted
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NEW YORK, NY -- The October 30, 2019 auction will present a broad selection of elegant English and Continental furniture and decorative arts, including Georgian silver, porcelain, mirrors, clocks, chandeliers, tapestries and rugs. The selection of Old Master paintings and drawings will offer landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
Old Master Paintings
During the mid-17th century in Rome, the North Italian painter Pier Francesco Mola pioneered a form of narrative religious imagery set in hilly landscapes with dense foliage. These works became popular with Roman patrons and attracted a large following among other artists in Rome. Moses Striking the Rock, in which the prophet opens a spring for his people in the wilderness, is a particularly baroque example enlivened by interlocking figures and dramatic gestures (est. $6,000-8,000).
Pietro Dandini, one of a family of distinguished 17th century Florentine painters, executed commissions for a number of important private clients, including the Medici. He is probably best known for his frescoes in the Capella Nuova at the Medici Villa Petraia at Castello. The touching incident depicted in a painting in the sale is probably one of a series of paintings illustrating the story of Joseph, told in Genesis 37. Here the boy Joseph, his father’s favorite, is sold to merchants bound for Egypt by his jealous brothers. Later Joseph rises to a position of authority in Egypt and is reconciled with his family (est. $5,000-7,000).
Furniture & Decorative Arts
Paul Sormani (1817-1877) was born and trained as a cabinetmaker in Venice, then moved to Paris where he specialized in furniture in the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles and was commissioned by Empress Eugénie to create furniture for the imperial palaces. Following Sormani’s death in 1877, his widow, Ursule-Marie-Philippine Bouvaist, and his son, Paul-Charles, continued to produce furniture. The lockplate of this elegant secrétaire is marked with their stamp, Vve. P SORMANI & FILS. (est. $10,000-20,000).
A George III sterling silver covered soup tureen by Thomas Robins, London, 1810, is a classic example of the robust designs associated with Regency silver that reflected the prosperity of 19th century England (est. $7,000-10,000).
Doyle's Spring auction in this category witnessed the continuing trend that we have been seeing all season -- the return of the classics. The sale attracted strong international competition for fine property from prominent estates and collections across the country. These quality pieces have been treasured by generations of collectors, and the current trend of renewed interest in such classic furnishings and art shows no sign of abating.
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for the October 30, 2019 auction. 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:
Old Master Paintings: Elaine Stainton, 212-427-4141, ext 249, [email protected]
Furniture & Decorations, Peter Lang, 212-427-4141, ext 274, [email protected]
Silver: Todd Sell, 212-427-4141, ext 269, [email protected]
Rugs, Carpets & Tapestries: Mark Topalian, 212-427-4141, ext 243, [email protected]