Sale Totals Almost $2 Million Amid Strong International Bidding
Pair of George III Commodes by Pierre Langlois Sells for $62,500
Neri di Bicci's Tempera on Panel of Tobias and the Angel Achieves $23,750
Doyle New York held an auction of Old Master Paintings and Drawings and Important English and Continental Furniture and Decorations on October 27, 2010. The sale offered furniture and decorations from the 17th through early 19th centuries, as well as Continental, English and Chinese export porcelain, Georgian silver, sculpture, clocks, chandeliers, sconces, tapestries and rugs. The Old Master Paintings section of the sale showcased landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
With competitive international bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet, the sale totaled $1,902,539 against a pre-sale estimate of $1,465,500-2,262,700 with a strong 80% sold by lot and 87% sold by value.
Furniture and Decorations
Highlighting the sale was an Indo-Portuguese silver mounted stained tortoise shell and ivory table cabinet dating to the 17th/18th century. The table cabinet was in remarkably pristine condition, even retaining its intricately carved ivory interior fittings. It was also fresh to the market, having been formerly in the collection of the Marquess of Ripon and consigned to the sale by the Estate of a New York Gentleman. Estimated at $2,000-4,000, the table cabinet sold for a staggering $98,500 to a buyer from the United Kingdom.
Furniture in the auction featured a handsome pair of George III gilt-bronze mounted mahogany, tulipwood rosewood and sabicu commodes, circa 1765 and attributed to Pierre Langlois that achieved $62,500, surpassing their estimate of $30,000-50,000. A French ivory tray made in 19th century Dieppe and decorated in relief with classical scenes soared past its estimate of $5,000-7,000 to reach $32,500. Italian furniture offered a pair of northern Italian rococo gilt-bronze mounted walnut, rosewood and parquetry commodino, Genoese, mid-18th century, that sold for $34,375, doubling their estimate of $12,000-18,000.
The silver section of the auction featured a George III silver gilt presentation urn and cover by Thomas Heming, London, circa 1771-1772. The urn was inscribed as a gift from King George III to his godson, the Honorable George Montagu, 6th Earl of Sandwich, later Viscount Hinchingbrooke. Estimated at $15,000-25,000, the presentation urn sold for $23,750 to a buyer from the United Kingdom.
Old Master Paintings
The selection of Old Master paintings and drawings offered a large group of works from the Estate of Charles Blakiston ("Blake") Ashburner of Washington, DC. Highlighting these was Neri di Bicci’s (Florentine, 1419-1491) depiction in tempera on panel of Tobias and the Angel. Based on the Biblical narrative, the young Tobias was shown carrying a fish and walking hand-in-hand with the angel Raphael, who held a mortar and pestle. With competitive bidding, the work easily surpassed its estimate of $10,000-15,000, achieving a strong $23,750.
Next Auction in This Category: January 26
Doyle New York's next auction of Important English and Continental Furniture and Decorations, Including Old Master Paintings and Drawings is scheduled for January 26, 2011. Consignments are currently being accepted. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation.