Sale 10BE03 | Lot 1215

Italian Renaissance Revival Carved Walnut Half Tester Bed

Catalogue: Belle Epoque: 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts
Italian Renaissance Revival Carved Walnut Half Tester Bed

Lot Details

Lot 1215
Italian Renaissance Revival Carved Walnut Half Tester Bed
Luigi Frullini, Florence, circa 1870-75
The solid headboard decorated with a central shield suspended from a ribbon knot flanked by hovering cupids playing musical instruments, surmounted by a floral decorated frieze, flanked by full columns decorated with meandering vines and stop fluting, the low footboard decorated with a fish scale motif, running wave motif and egg and dart molding, flanked by a male and female putto seated on a pillow continuing to a multi-tier truncated pedestal. Height of headboard 8 feet 8 inches, width 6 feet 8 1/2 inches, length 8 feet.
John Carl Warnecke (1919-2010) was one of the most prominent American architects of the 20th century. Among the many important monuments and structures he designed during the 1950s, 60s and 70s are the Hawaii State Capitol building, the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame memorial gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Naval Academy (the master plan and several buildings), the master plan for Lafayette Square in Washington DC, and the South Terminal (now Terminal B) at Logan International Airport in Boston. A cum laude graduate of Stanford University (where he befriended a young John F. Kennedy) and Harvard Graduate School of Architecture (where he studied under Walter Gropius), Warnecke established an architecture practice, John Carl Warnecke & Associates, that would become the nation's largest architecture firm.

C Property from the The John Carl Warnecke Trust

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for $10,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Some of the noteworthy condition issues include:
separation of the large flat board in the half tester section; there are two small drill holes (one on either side) near the two front corners (in the central section) of the half tester, probably to allow fabric to be pulled through

Backboard/Headboard: there is rippling or buckling to the central triangular section; there are cracks to the wood panel on either upper side of the central triangular area (trumpet section on the left facing side and the wing section on the right facing side); the board is split at the bottom corner area on both sides of the central triangular section and one small triangular area of the wood is now missing (on the left facing side); the arched lower domed central section of the headboard area is a different (lighter) color stain than the rest of backboard and the grain seems to run in a different direction, suggesting it may be a replaced section

Columns: some losses to the ivy leaf tips

Figural Posts:
Female: losses to the central portion of the hour glass and loss to the tip of her large toe; her right arm has had restoration to a separation at her right shoulder, elbow and wrist
Male: some split lines through his right shoulder area; repair to the left arm at the left shoulder and his raised forefinger

Signed: Luigi Frullini Firenze

Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Doyle New York shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.

No condition report? Click here to request one.

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for $10,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Ask the Specialist Track Lot
Catalogue Info

Belle Epoque: 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts

Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10am EDT
View All Lots