Featuring Paintings by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, Johannes Lingelbach and George Romney
Strong Prices Achieved for English Ceramics from a Private Collection
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the May 21, 2014 Auction
Doyle New York held a successful auction of Important English and Continental Furniture and Decorations, including Old Master Paintings and Drawings on January 29, 2014. 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 $1,849,481 against an estimate of $1,234,800-1,958,100 with an exceptional 89% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.
Old Master Paintings
Highlighting the Old Master paintings in the sale was a large scale floral still life by French artist Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (1636-1699) that sold to a buyer in Switzerland for $62,500. A view of Figures in the Piazza del Popolo, Rome by Dutch artist Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674) fetched $53,125 from a German buyer, more than tripling its estimate of $10,000-15,000. A recently rediscovered early work by British George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait of a Girl with a Dog Holding a Bonnet with Cherries in her Apron, surpassed its estimate of $20,000-30,000, selling to a New York buyer for $43,750. A depiction of a Lady in Prayer catalogued as attributed to the British artist Sir David Wilkie from the Estate of Baron Pierre DeMenasce attracted a great deal of attention, scrutiny and speculation from the British trade during the exhibition. The work soared past its estimate of $800,1,200 to achieve $34,375 from a British buyer.
Furniture and Decorations
Furniture in the sale featured a Swedish Neoclassical gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood and kingwood parquetry side cabinet that sold for $17,500. A set of four Louis XVI painted and parcel gilt fauteuils en cabriolet achieved $10,000, as did a handsome George III marble top mahogany side table, each surpassing their respective estimates of $5,000-7,000.
Topping the decorations in the auction was a pair of Empire gilt and patinated bronze vases, height 19 1/4 inches, that sold for $18,750, many times their estimate of $3,000-4,000. A pair of 17th/18th century Continental carved, painted and gilt-wood figures holding lances, height of each 30 inches, estimated at $800-1,200, sold for a stunning $15,000. Also selling for $15,000 was a Baroque bronze cartouche depicting lions flanking a shield above a winged cherub’s head, height 13 inches, far exceeding its estimate of $2,000-3,000.
Silver in the auction was highlighted by a circa 1751-2 George II Irish silver waiter by John Letablere, Dublin, approx. 70 ounces, that fetched $8,750, well over its estimate of $4,000-6,000. A late 19th century silver-gilt metal mounted rock crystal cup and cover in the manner of Saracchi workshops, Milan, achieved $8,125, many times its estimate of $1,500-2,500.
A Private Collection of English Ceramics
Performing strongly at the sale were almost fifty lots of 18th century English ceramics from a private collection. Comprising pieces in a variety of forms, the collection included early examples by such makers as Worcester, Spode and Wedgwood. Highlighting the collection was a pair of circa 1770 Wedgwood & Bentley Night & Day oval black basalt plaques depicting allegorical maidens, height 22 inches, width 15 inches, that sold for $16,250, more than doubling their estimate of $5,000-7,000. A group of five late 18th century English porcelain dishes, probably Chelsea, estimated at $800-1,200, achieved $16,250. A circa 1760-1770 Worcester porcelain pitcher decorated with birds, butterflies and flowers, height 11 3/4 inches, soared past its esimate of $400-600 to achieve $10,625.
All prices include the buyer's premium.
NEXT IMPORTANT FURNITURE & OLD MASTERS AUCTION: May 21, 2014
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 21, 2014. 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:
David Gallager, Furniture, 212-427-4141, ext 269, [email protected]
Elaine Stainton, Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext 249, [email protected]