Sale Totals Over $1.1 Million Amid International Competition from the Salesroom, Telephones and Internet
Frederic Arthur Bridgman's View of The Rock of Monaco Fetches $46,875
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the September 15 Belle Epoque Auction
Doyle New York's auction on June 9, 2010 showcased fine and decorative arts reflecting the opulence of the Belle Epoque. Extravagant furniture and decorations of the Louis XV and XVI revivals, Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras were offered, as well as art glass, porcelain, silver, marble statues, bronzes, ivories, clocks, sconces, chandeliers, rugs, and a selection of Tiffany Studios articles. Complementing the furniture and decorations were an assortment of fin de siecle paintings.
With competitive international bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet, the sale totaled a strong $1,184,043 against a pre-sale estimate of $964,950-1,418,470, with 79% sold by lot and 89% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a Tiffany Studios gilt-bronze and leaded favrile glass jonquil-daffodil lamp that achieved $74,500, surpassing its pre-sale estimate of $50,000-70,000. Other objects by Tiffany Studios also fared well. A leaded favrile glass geometric curtain border floor lamp shade sold for $34,375 against a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-35,000, and a favrile glass and bronze hanging shade in the Dogwood pattern fetched $23,750 within the pre-sale estimate of $20,000-30,000. A Tiffany Studios gilt-bronze and favrile glass linenfold harp floor lamp achieved its high estimate of $15,000, and a Tiffany Studios gilt-bronze desk set in the Ninth Century pattern sold for $10,625, well over the pre-sale estimate of $6,000-8,000.
The top lot among the furniture offerings in the sale was an extravagant Louis XVI style gilt-bronze mounted string inlaid mahogany and walnut commode after a model by G. Beneman and J. Stockel in the collection at Fontainebleau that sold for $43,750, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $10,000-15,000. An Aesthetic Movement maple faux bamboo desk attributed to R.J. Horner achieved $7,500, well over the pre-sale estimate of $3,000-5,000, and a Steinway & Sons mahogany baby grand piano, circa 1910, sold for $8,750, within its pre-sale estimate of $6,000-9,000.
The selection of Art glass featured a Lalique molded glass Lezards et Bluets vase, Marcilhac no. 879, that achieved $20,000, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $5,000-7,000. A colorful Quezal glass jack in the pulpit vase sold for $8,750 against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-10,000.
The silver section of the auction featured an extensive Puiforcat silver and gilt silver flatware service that fetched $16,250, well over the pre-sale estimate of $8,000-12,000. A flatware service by Reed & Barton in the Francis 1st pattern sold for $9,375, many times its estimate of $2,000-3,000. A Wallace sterling silver coffee and tea service in the Sir Christopher pattern sold for $12,500, doubling the pre-sale estimate of $5,000-7,000, and a Mexican ivory mounted sterling silver coffee and tea service in the style of Georg Jensen sold for $7,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000. From Georg Jensen was a sterling silver fruit bowl, model no. 501, that achieved $10,000, surpassing its pre-sale estimate of $6,000-9,000.
Porcelain, Bronzes and Decorative Arts
Other notable offerings in the sale included a Meissen gilt and polychrome decorated porcelain two-handled covered vase that sold for $10,625, more that doubling the pre-sale estimate of $4,000-5,000. An Art Deco verdigris patinated-bronze figural group of Diana the Huntress and Her Hound after a model by Ary Bitter, with the L.N. and J.L. Foundry Paris, circa 1925, achieved $10,000 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000. Selling for $7,500 each were a Louis XVI style gilt-metal and green enameled photograph frame, estimated $3,000-4,000, and a Neoclassical style gilt-metal and faux porphyry enameled vase, estimated $600-800.
Highlighting the selection of fin de siecle paintings was a view of The Rock of Monaco by Frederic Arthur Bridgman (American, 1847-1928) estimated at $12,000-18,000 that achieved $46,875 from a bidder in Monaco. A depiction of The Cloister of the Cathedral of Halberstadt in Winter by German artist Carl Georg Adolph Hasenpflug (1802-1858) was sold to a German bidder for $43,750, many times its pre-sale estimate of $2,000-3,000. Christian Delphin Wexelsen’s (Norwegian, 1830-1883) view of Cattle Crossing a Mountain Stream from 1865 achieved $9,375, well over the pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000, and Johann Berthelsen’s (American, 1883-1972) Washington Square in the Snow from the Estate of Virginia Warren Daly fetched $8,750 against a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-8,000.