Past Auction

Doyle New York's Auction of Important English and Continental Furniture and Decorations on January 24, 2012 Tops $1.6 Million

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 10am EST |
New York
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Including Old Master Paintings and Drawings

  • Including Old Master Paintings and Drawings
  • Still Life by Daniel Seghers and Dutch School Painting of Aurora Each Fetch $74,500
  • Strong International Bidding 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 January 25, 2012. 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 $1,632,205 against a pre-sale estimate of $1,038,100-1,638,800, with a strong 84% sold by lot and 91% sold by value.


Highlighting the decorations in the sale was a large Louis XV gilt-bronze cartel clock signed Furet a Paris that sold to a buyer in France for $68,500, far surpassing its estimate of $7,000-10,000. From the collection of a Russian diplomat to the United Nations was a Russian porcelain basket from the Service of the Order of St. Vladimir. Made in the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Moscow during the period of Catherine II, circa 1783-85, it sold for $37,500, well over its estimate of $20,000-30,000. A pair of Louis XV style gilt-bronze mounted Samson porcelain elephants estimated at $4,000-6,000 sold for a strong $28,125. Mirrors included an 18th/19th century Continental Neoclassical gilt-wood and eglomise mirror measuring 6 feet in height that sold for $10,625, well over its estimate of $3,000-5,000.


Furniture in the auction featured an impressive Regency painted and parcel gilt console raised on eagle-form supports on rocky outcrops that sold within its estimate at $31,250. A pair of Italian Baroque polychrome decorated commodes achieved $20,000, doubling the estimate of $8,000-12,000. Seating furniture included a Louis XVI painted bergere, circa 1780, stamped IB Sene for Jean Baptise Sene (Maitre 1769) that soared past its estimate of $800-1,200 to achieve $16,250.


The silver section of the sale featured a George II silver tankard with rubbed marks estimated at $700-1,000 that achieved a stunning $31,250. From the estate of a titled Lady was a George III silver tureen by William Purse, London, circa 1803, that fetched $10,625, almost doubling its estimate of $5,000-7,000.


Rugs and carpets in the sale were highlighted by a late 19th century Tabriz carpet from Northwest Persia measuring almost 18 feet by 11 feet that sold for $43,750, several times its estimate of $10,000-15,000.

Old Master Paintings

The selection of Old Master paintings offered a classic Still Life of Tulips and other Flowers in a Vase by Daniel Seghers (Flemish, 1590-1661) estimated at $40,000-60,000 that sold to a private collector in New York for $74,500. Also selling for $74,500 was a 17th century Dutch School depiction of Aurora that had been estimated at $2,000-4,000 and was the object of much speculation during the exhibition. An Allegory of Faith and Deceipt from the School of Daniel Seghers consigned by the Estate of Michael Melnitzky achieved $37,500, many times its estimate of $5,000-7,000. A 19th century English School portrait of a noblewoman sold for $34,375, far surpassing its estimate of $2,000-4,000. A depiction of The Young Bacchus in the Manner of Massimo Stanzione from the Estate of Michael Melnitzky also attracted much speculation, selling for a stunning $28,800 against an estimate of $1,000-2,000.

All prices include the buyer's premium.


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 May 23, 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]

Consignments are currently being accepted

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  • Estate of a Titled Lady
  • Estate of Dr. Werner Muensterberger
  • Estate of Eleanor Kingsbury
  • Estate of Helen S. Cooper and Herman E. Cooper
  • Estate of Irving Schwartz
  • Estate of Jacqueline Arango
  • Estate of Margaret Ferree
  • Estate of Michael Melnitzky
  • Estate of Mildred Robbins Leet
  • Estate of Sonny Turner
  • Estate of Sydney L. Shaper
  • Estate of Varue W. Oishei
  • Property from a New York Estate
  • Property from an Upper East Side, New York Estate
  • The property of Doyle New York

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