Pair of French Bronzes Depicting Ancient Egyptions Achieve $80,500
International Competition Drive Strong Prices for Silver
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Doyle New York's Belle Epoque auction on February 9, 2011 showcased fine and decorative arts reflecting the opulence of the Belle Epoque. Elegant 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 a strong $1,695,707, with 78% sold by lot and 90% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a Tiffany Studios bronze and leaded favrile glass Arrowroot lamp designed by Clara Driscoll and estimated at $40,000-60,000. With intense competitive bidding, the lamp sold for a stunning $182,500, setting a new auction record for a Tiffany Studios Arrowroot lamp. Other Tiffany Studios bronze and leaded favrile glass lamps in the sale included a Bamboo lamp that sold for $59,375, a Poinsettia lamp that fetched $37,500, and a Black Eyed Susan lamp that achieved $30,000.
The selection of bronzes in the auction featured a pair of French gilt and patinated-bronze and rouge marble figures of an ancient Egyptian scribe and high priest, entitled Hierogrammate and Pastophore, cast from models by Emile Picault, third quarter of the 19th century. Measuring 33 inches in height and formerly in the collection of designer James Mont, the pair surpassed their estimate of $30,000-50,000 to achieve $80,500.
The selection of Belle Epoque furniture was highlighted by an impressive Louis XVI style gilt-bronze mounted amaranth, satinwood and sycamore side cabinet attributed to Francois Linke, circa 1900, that sold for $43,750, with the estimate of $30,000-50,000. An American Renaissance Revival carved oak tall case clock attributed to RJ Horner, circa 1895, captured the interest of bidders who sent the price to $20,000, far surpassing the estimate of $3,000-5,000. A Louis XVI style gilt-bronze mounted and parcel painted rosewood side cabinet, circa 1900, sold for $15,000, several times their estimate of $3,000-5,000; and an unusual pair of Anglo-Indian carved mahogany settees achieved $9,375, surpassing their estimate of $2,000-3,000.
Among the examples of micromosaic in the sale was a framed late 19th century Italian plaque measuring 11 by 15 inches depicting the Colosseum that sold for $17,500. A pair of late 19th century Russian gilt-bronze figural four-light candelabra fetched $13,750 against an estimate of $8,000-10,000; and a pair of Continental Neoclassical style gilt-metal mounted porcelain urns soared past their estimate of $800-1,200 to achieve $12,500. An extensive Louis XVI style gilt decorated cut glass dessert service from the Estate of Eleanor S. Rawson sold for $9,375, many times their estimate of $800-1,200.
Silver in the auction attracted competitive bidding resulting in particularly strong prices throughout. A Russian silver mounted small oak casket stamped Khlebnikov in cyrillic with the Imperial warrant, Moscow, 1898-1908, sold for $37,500, surpassing their estimate of $15,000-20,000. A charming Russian trompe l'oeil silver bank depicting a pitbull tethered to his doghouse, with maker's mark in Latin and cyrillic for Nichols & Plinke and Robert Kohun, St. Petersburg, late 19th century, sold for $18,750 against an estimate of $12,000-15,000. Also from Russia was an elegant silver card case engraved with topographic views by Grachev Brothers, workmaster's initials J.O., circa 1886, that fetched $18,750, doubling their estimate of $8,000-10,000.
Georg Jensen silver was highlighted by a set of twelve wine goblets, model no. 532C, designed by Harald Nielsen, Denmark, circa 1933-44, estimated at $8,000-10,000 that sold for $20,000. A Georg Jensen flatware service in the Scroll pattern sold for $11,875, and Georg Jensen tureen in the Pyramid pattern, model no. 600, circa 1933-44, achieved $10,625.
Silver flatware proved popular among bidders during the sale. An extensive Continental silver service from the Estate of Himan Brown achieved $16,250, many times their estimate of $4,000-6,000; an assembled Gorham service in the Henry II pattern from the Estate of Eleanor S. Rawson sold for $15,000, doubling its estimate of $6,000-9,000; and a Tiffany & Co. service
in the Lap Over Edge pattern also from the Rawson Estate fetched $9,375, many times its estimate of $1,200-1,800.
Rugs and Carpets
The selection of rugs and carpets featured a very fine Amritsar carpet from North India, first quarter of the 20th century, decorated with an allover pattern of birds among trees and measuring 16 feet 7 inches by 13 feet 10 inches from the Estate of Joseph A. Patrick. The rug achieved $10,000, surpassing its estimate of $3,000-5,000.
Highlighting the fin de siecle paintings in the auction was a charming depiction of Pope Gregory as a Youth, painted in Dresden, 1858, by Friedrich Christian Gonne (German 1813-1906). Estimated at $2,000-4,000, the painting sold for $8,750. Strong prices were also achieved for works by Friedrich Christian Gonne, Alfred Wheeler, Walter Francis Brown, Alfred van Muyden, Leopoldo Galeota, Eugene Henri Cauchois, Anna Katrina Zinkeisen, Anton Karssen, Andre Gisson, and Jacques Bouyssou, among others.
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