Featuring Fin de Siecle Furniture, Decorations and Paintings
Doyle New York’s auction on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10am will showcase fine and decorative arts reflecting the opulence of the Belle Epoque. Extravagant furniture and decorations of the Louis XV and XVI revivals, Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras will be 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 will be an assortment of fin de siecle paintings.
Furniture in the sale features a circa 1870 American Renaissance Revival marquetry inlaid ebonized side cabinet attributed to Herter Brothers (est. $30,000-40,000). The marquetry in the side cabinet is identical to the design on a Herter Brothers console made for the William K. Vanderbilt mansion on Fifth Avenue. Similar pieces by Herter Brothers are also in the collections of the Currier Gallery of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
From Tiffany & Co. is a late 19th century Neoclassical style elaborately carved mahogany and marquetry inlaid tall case clock, height 8 feet 3 1/4 inches (est. $10,000-15,000). A 19th/early 20th century Swiss Black Forest carved linden wood smoker's table attributed to the workshop of Peter F. Trauffer is in the form of an upright grizzly bear (est. $2,000-3,000). A souvenir of the Grand Tour is a Neapolitan copper and silver inlaid bronze pedestal after an ancient Pompeiian model and attributed to the Chiurazzi Foundry, Naples (est. $1,500-2,500).
The sale offers a selection of Art Deco bronzes, including a circa 1925 gilt and patinated-bronze and ivory figure titled Dourga, cast and carved from a model by Demetre H. Chiparus, height 24 3/4 inches (est. $30,000-50,000). Also featured are circa 1930 French Art Deco gilt-bronze and carved ivory figure titled Danseuse de Charleston cast and carved from a model by Joe Descomps, height 16 1/4 inches (est. $10,000-15,000) and a circa 1925 Art Deco gilt and patinated-bronze and ivory figure titled Argentinian Dance cast and carved from a model by Armand Godard, height 19 inches (est. $8,000-12,000).
Among the objects by Tiffany Studios are a carved rock crystal style glass vase, height 13 3/8 inches (est.$10,000-15,000) and a bronze and leaded favrile glass Geometric lamp (est. $6,000-9,000), in addition to a large selection of favrile glass vases and bronze desk accessories.
Art glass in the sale offers a circa 1900 Galle acid etched cameo glass Petit Swallows lamp (est. $10,000-15,000), as well as numerous examples by Loetz, Lalique, Daum, Handel, Steuben, Legras and Thomas Webb & Sons.
Certain to attract attention is a group of Faberge diamond, ruby, gold and guilloche enameled silver mounted nephrite jade articles and other Russian articles (est. $10,000-15,000). Porcelain features a late 19th century framed KPM painted porcelain plaque of Romeo and Juliet Before Friar Lawrence by Franz Till after Carl Ludwig Friedrich Becker (est. $6,000-9,000).
The silver section of the sale includes a circa 1902-07 Tiffany & Co. Makers sterling silver coffee and tea service, pattern no. 10500, with a tray, pattern no. 14466 (est. $6,000-9,000); an early 20th century German silver centerpiece, possibly Neresheimer & Co., of wheelbarrow-form (est. $3,000-5,000); and a circa 1896-1908 Russian silver tea service by Nemirov-Kolodkin (est. $3,000-5,000). Other makers represented among the silver offerings include Gorham; Wallace; Reed & Barton; Towle; William B. Durgin; Whiting; S. Kirk; Georg Jensen; and Black, Starr & Frost.
The fine art section of the sale offers Edward Antoon Portielje’s (Belgian, 1861-1949) The Letter (est. $8,000-12,000), Emile Eisman-Semenowsky’s (French/Polish, 1857-1911) Gypsy Girl (est. $3,000-5,000), and works by Amos Cassioli, Gustave Mascart, Edmund Morrison Wimperis, Raymond Thibesart, Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour, and Thomas Binney Gibbs.