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Thomas Webb Cameo Vase Achieves $50,000 at Doyle New York's September 27, 2011 Belle Epoque Auction

Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 10am EDT |
New York
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A Celebration of the Furniture, Decorations and Paintings of the Fin de Siecle

  • A Celebration of the Furniture, Decorations and Paintings of the Fin de Siecle
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Doyle New York's Belle Epoque auction on September 27, 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 $871,750 with 76% sold by lot and 85% sold by value.

Art Glass

Highlighting the sale was an early 20th century cameo glass vase titled Hebe by George Woodall of Thomas Webb & Sons, height 7 3/4 inches, that achieved $50,000, surpassing its estimate of $25,000-30,000. Made of semi-translucent raisin brown colored glass cased in opaque blue tinted white colored glass, the vase depicted the goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera, in a diaphanous gown standing in a garden and pouring water from an ewer.

Other examples of Art glass included a colorful Pairpoint Mfg. Co. silver plated and reverse painted glass Parrot lamp, diameter 17 1/2 inches, estimated at $3,500-4,500 that fetched $8,750; and a lovely Daum acid etched and enameled glass vase, circa 1900, height 9 3/4 inches, depicting a mountainous landscape, that sold for $6,875, more than doubling its estimate of $2,500-3,000.


The selection of elegant furniture featured a pair of Louis XVI style low tables with urn-shaped gilt-bronze and rouge marble bases that achieved $9,375, well over the estimate of $3,500-4,500. A circa 1901 Steinway & Sons mahogany baby grand piano fetched a strong $8,125 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000.


Decorations in the sale offered a circa 1880 pair of Empire style gilt-bronze figural eight-light candelabra cast by F. Barbedienne, Fondeur and marked with the A. Collas Bronze Reduction Mecanique seal, height 39 1/2 inches, that sold for $8,125, within their estimate of $6,000-9,000. A Louis XVI style gilt-bronze and white marble figural mantel clock in the form of two Classically dressed maidens supporting an urn-shaped clock case, height 31 1/2 inches, fetched $7,500, surpassing its estimate of $3,000-5,000.  


Porcelain in the sale was highlighted by late 19th/early 20th century Vienna gilt decorated porcelain urn and pedestal painted by J. Gunt and J. Hubner with domestic scenes, total height 34 1/8 inches, that sold for $8,320 against an estimate of $6,000-8,000. A Sevres 1911 Art Nouveau vase painted by Adolphe Ernest Gumery with a scene of a female nude standing beside a peacock and a fountain, height 12 inches, sold for $6,250, surpassing its estimate of $3,000-5,000.Adolphe Ernest Gumery was a decorator and painter at Sevres between 1911 and 1917.


The silver section of the auction offered an assembled sterlingsilver flatware service by Georg Jensen in the Acorn pattern that sold for $13,750. Also from Georg Jensen was a pair of sterling silver two-light candelabra designed by Johan Rohde that sold for $8,125. An assembled sterling silver tea and coffee service with presentation tea tray by Tiffany & Co. Makers sold for $9,375. An assembled Tiffany & Co. sterling silver flatware service in the Shell and Thread pattern achieved $8,750.


Fine bronzes offered a late 19th century transitional Louis XV/XVI style gilt and patinated-bronze figural group of four cupids and a chariot cast by Raingo Freres, height 27 1/2 inches that sold for a stunning $16,640, far surpassing its estimate of $2,500-3,500. A bronze figural group of a dancing couple in Renaissance style attire after a model by Adrien-Etienne Gaudez, height 34 3/4 inches, fetched $7,040 against an estimate of 3,000-4,000. Other noteworthy bronzes included a figure of an Indian female dancer titled Amany, cast from a model by Jean-Auguste Barre and dated 1838, height 17 5/8 inches, that sold for $6,875, surpassing its estimate of $3,500-4,500; and a late 19th century figure of a woman in a plumed hat, cast from a model by Cesar Ceribelli, height 30 1/2 inches, also estimated $3,500-4,500, that achieved the identical $6,875.


The selection of fin de siecle paintings was highlighted by Emile Eisman-Semenowsky’s (French/Polish, 1857-1911) oil on panel, Gypsy Girl, estimated at $2,000-4,000 that sold for a strong $7,500. Egisto Sarri’s (Italian, 1837-1901) 1875 oil on panel depiction Classical domestic life titled Fallen Grapes achieved $5,625 against an estimate of $2,000-3,000. The sale also offered strong prices for works by Frederick Stuart Church, Anton Karssen, Alonzo Perez, and others.

All prices include the buyer's premium.

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