Showcasing the Fine and Decorative Arts of the Fin de Siecle
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Doyle New York's auction on September 15, 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 bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet, the sale totaled $866,367 within the pre-sale estimate of $720,575-1,082,550, with a strong 79% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a monumental American Renaissance Revival carved and painted mahogany figural tall case clock measuring 10 feet 1 inch in height that achieved $62,500, within its estimate of $50,000-70,000. The highly decorative case was attributed to R.J. Horner, and the dial was signed J.C. Jennens & Son GT Sutton Street, London.
Also attracting a great deal of attention was an elegant transitional Louis XV/XVI style gilt-bronze mounted marquetry inlaid walnut side cabinet with the lockplate engraved Fontainebleau that sold for a stunning $32,500, many times over the estimate of $2,000-4,000. Other furniture of note included a Louis XV style Steinway baby grand piano, circa 1928, estimated at $8,000-12,000 that sold for $13,750, and an imposing Italian Renaissance Revival carved walnut half tester bed by Luigi Frullini, Florence, circa 1870-75, that sold for $10,000.
The selection of Tiffany objects was highlighted by a circa 1907 wheel carved favrile glass vase decorated with red nasturtiums, lily pads and vines and engraved L.C. Tiffany-Favrile 4560B. Measuring 6 inches in height, the vase soared past its estimate of $5,000-7,000 to sell for $27,500. A Tiffany Studios bronze and leaded favrile glass harp floor lamp of green, white and opalescent glass decorated with an ivy band achieved $11,250, within its estimate fo $10,000-15,000
Silver in the sale featured a late 19th century Russian cloisonne enameled silver footed bowl made for Tiffany & Co. and estimated at $1,500-2,500 that sold for a surprisingly strong $11,250. An assembled Buccellati sterling silver flatware service in the French Empire pattern sold for $10,000, surpassing its estimate of $4,000-6,000.
Porcelain and Pottery
A pair of Minton pate-sur-pate porcelain urns by Louis Salon measuring 18 1/2 inches in height and decorated with scenes of cupid topped the porcelain offerings, selling at $9,375, several times their estimate of $3,000-5,000. Other noteworthy porcelain included a late 19th century Meissen mythological porcelain figural group of Apollo and his sun chariot measuring 12 1/2 inches in height that achieved $8,125, surpassing the estimate of $5,000-7,000, and a late 19th/early 20th century framed KPM painted porcelain portrait plaque of Queen Louise of Prussia by Wagner after a painting by Gustav Richter estimated at $4,000-6,000 that sold for $7,500. An early 20th century Moorcroft pottery Hazeldene vase made for Liberty & Co. and measuring 4 inches in height sold for $7,500, well over its pre-sale estimate of $2,500-3,500.
The fine art section of the auction featured Lucien Whiting Powell’s (American, 1846-1930)
Venetian Canal, 1901, that sold for $12,500, several times its estimate of $3,000-5,000. A depiction of Still Life with Spring Flowers, Two Birds and Butterflies by Hans (Ronsard) Zatzka (Austrian, 1859-1945), estimated at $4,000-6,000, achieved $7,500.
Next Belle Epoque Auction
Doyle New York’s next Belle Epoque auction is scheduled for February 2011. For information on consigning property to this auction, please call 212-427-2730 or email [email protected]