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Bronze Elephant by Rembrandt Bugatti Achieves $218,500 at Doyle New York's Belle Epoque Auction

Wed, Feb 06, 2013 at 10am EST |
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Newcomb College Pottery Vase Fetches $37,500

  • Newcomb College Pottery Vase Fetches $37,500
  • Sale Totals Over $2 Million
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Doyle New York's Belle Epoque auction on February 6, 2013 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 $2,036,819, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $1,245,650-1,870,750, with 84% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.

Rembrandt Bugatti

Highlighting the sale was a 1913 bronze sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti (Italian/French, 1884-1916) titled Petit Elephant au Repos that soared past its estimate of $40,000-60,000 to achieve $218,500 – a world auction record for a Bugatti Petit Elephant au Repos. Adding to the excitement surrounding the bronze was its prestigious provenance – it was consigned by the Estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl (1903-2011), the daughter of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. and niece of Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough.


The silver section of the sale featured an impressive French figural center bowl with mermaid and merman handles by Maison Boin-Taburet a Paris estimated at $15,000-25,000 that sold for $34,375.

Art Pottery

Topping the art pottery in the sale was a circa 1902 Newcomb College pottery vase by Joseph Fortune Meyer decorated by Amelie Roman and measuring 11 3/4 inches in height. Estimated at $5,000-7,000, the vase was the object of competitive bidding that sent the price to $37,500. A circa 1900 Rookwood pottery carved and glazed vase by Albert R. Valentien in the Art Nouveau style, height 14 1/2 inches, sold for $8,750 against an estimate of $7,000-9,000. This vase had been exhibited in the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris and the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo.

Tiffany Studios

Featured among the objects by Tiffany Studios were a selection of bronze and favrile glass Lily lamps, including a ten-light lamp that fetched $28,125 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000. A twelve-light Lily lamp estimated at $18,000-22,000 achieved $23,750.

The Collection of the Hon. Hugh J. Grant and Julia Murphy Grant

A special section of the sale offered luxurious early 20th century gold accessories formerly from the Collection of Julia Murphy Grant and the Hon. Hugh J. Grant, Mayor of New York from 1889-1892. The Grant’s lavish Italianate townhouse at 20 East 72nd Street is currently the home of the Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations and the residence of the Pope during his visits to New York. Among the articles by Tiffany & Co. were a gold lady's dresser set estimated at $15,000-20,000 that sold for $34,375, a gold bud vase estimated $10,000-15,000 that sold for $17,500, and a gold powder jar estimated at $6,000-8,000 that sold for $10,000.


The paintings section of the sale offered Addison Thomas Millar’s (American, 1860-1913) By the Seashore that fetched $18,750, far surpassing its estimate of $2,000-3,000. A student of William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League and in Shinnecock, Long Island, Millar absorbed his teacher's plein-air approach, capturing variations of light and atmosphere with broad, confident brushwork.

Estimated at $9,000-12,000, a view of the Tuileries in Paris by George Oberteuffer (American, 1878-1940) sold for $18,750. Strong prices were also achieved for works by Francis Coates Jones, William Sergeant Kendall, Charles Francois Daubigny and Peter Schmauss, among many others.

The C.W. and Marjorie Merriweather Post Collections

A special section of the sale offered furniture, decorations and paintings from the collections of C.W. and Marjorie Merriweather Post from Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, DC.  more

All prices include the Buyers' Premium.


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  • Estate of a Lady
  • Estate of a Private Collector
  • Estate of A. Harry Fishman
  • Estate of Adelaide Z. Otto
  • Estate of Barbara Weiden Schwartz Fischler
  • Estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl
  • Estate of Georgine Goodman
  • Estate of Judith E. Siegel-Baum
  • Estate of Lucie Mackey Grant
  • Property from a Private New York Collection
  • Property from the Honorable Jane Sloat
  • Property of a New York Collector
  • Property of a New York Collector
  • Property of a New York Lady
  • The C.W. and Marjorie Merriweather Post Collections from Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • The property of Doyle New York
  • The Spanierman Gallery, LLC

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