Sale Totals Almost $2 Million Amid Competitive International Bidding
Portrait of a Young Girl by Jean Baptiste Greuze Sells for $62,500
Strong Prices Throughout the Auction
Doyle New York held a successful auction of Important English and Continental Furniture and Decorations, including Old Master Paintings and Drawings on October 26, 2011. 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 $1,963,369 against a pre-sale estimate of $1,557,500-2,423,500, with a strong 83% sold by lot and 90% sold by value.
Highlighting the auction was an ancient Roman marble torso depicting a partially draped female. Measuring 19 inches in height, the torso sold for a staggering $134,500 to a buyer from the United Kingdom.
Furniture in the sale featured a handsome pair of William and Mary Japanned fold-over writing tables, late 17th century, that fetched $62,500 from a buyer from the United Kingdom. Also selling to a buyer from the United Kingdom was a circa 1765 pair of George III limewood armchairs attributed to Thomas Chippendale that achieved $37,500. This pair of armchairs were comparable to a set of four chairs by Chippendale made for the couch room at Harewood House in Yorkshire. A mid 18th century George II mahogany wing chair from the Estate of Helen S. Cooper and Herman E. Cooper sold for $15,000 to a buyer also from the United Kingdom. Cabinet pieces offered an 18th century Chinese export black lacquer slant front desk that fetched $15,000 from a buyer from California.
Decorations in the auction were highlighted by an exquisite circa 1777-78 Russian Imperial porcelain basket from the Service of the Order of St. George commissioned century by Empress Catherine II from the Gardner Porcelain Factory in Moscow. Measuring 12 1/4 inches in length, the basket sold for $50,000 to a buyer from New York. An 18th/19th century Italian majolica vase decorated with a warrior on horseback, height 13 1/2 inches, achieved $23,750 from a French buyer.
A buyer from Belgium was the successful bidder on several early Limoges enamel plates. A lot of two Limoges parcel gilt grisaille enamel plates from the Workshop of Pierre Reymond (1513-1584), second half of the 16th century, titled May and June from The Labor of Months by Etienne Delaune, diameters 7 7/8 inches, sold for $21,250. A similar plate, also from the Workshop of Pierre Reymond (1513-1584), third quarter of the 16th century, depicting Jason plowing the field from engravings by Rene Boyvin after drawings by Leonard Thiry, diameter 7 7/8 inches, achieved $10,625.
The selection of glittering mirrors featured a circa 1760 George III gilt-wood oval mirror measuring 51 1/2 inches in height that sold to a buyer from California for $18,750.
The silver section of the auction offered a group of four 18th century Franco-German silver gilt beakers by various makers, possibly Strasbourg, that achieved $18,750 from a New York buyer. A 19th century English silver hot water urn measuring 13 1/2 inches in height sold to a buyer from the United Kingdom for $15,000.
Old Master Paintings and Drawings
The top lot among the Old Master paintings was a depiction of a young woman by Jean Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805) from the Estate of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. that sold to a New York bidder for $62,500. The work had formerly been in the collection of The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
Other noteworthy paintings included a portrait of a Lady with a Lute from the Circle of Angelika that fetched $20,000 from a New York buyer, and an 18th century Italian School allegorical work titled The Triumph of Love Over War that sold for $17,500 to an Italian buyer.
The selection of Old Master Drawings featured a 16th/17th century Flemish School brown ink on paper Allegory of Virtue and Vice that achieved $31,250 from a New England buyer. A Study for a Figure of Saint Jerome attributed to Mattia Preti from the Estate of Helen S. Cooper and Herman E. Cooper sold for $15,000 to a French buyer.
All prices include the buyer's premium.
Next Important Furniture & Old Masters Auction: January 25, 2012
Consignments are currently being accepted for Doyle New York’s next auction of Important English and Continental Furniture and Decorations, including Old Master Paintings and Drawings scheduled for January 25, 2012. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please contact:
Sebastian Clarke, Furniture, 212-427-4141, ext 269, [email protected]
Elaine Stainton, Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext 238, [email protected]