Strong Prices For Old Master Paintings and English and Continental Furniture and Decorations
October 14, 2015 Sale at Doyle Tops $1.1 Million
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the January 2016 Auction
Doyle's auction of October 14, 2015 achieved strong prices for English and Continental furniture and decorations from the 17th through 19th centuries, including English, Continental and Chinese export porcelain, Georgian silver, sculpture, clocks, chandeliers, sconces, tapestries and rugs. The Old Master paintings and drawings section of the sale offered landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance through the early 19th century.
With competitive international bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet, the sale totaled a successful $1,132,781 against an estimate of $932,930-1,470,170 with 79% sold by lot and 91% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a French Renaissance style walnut and penwork cupboard in the style of the architect and woodcarver Hugues Sambin of Dijon (1520-1601). Strong competition sent bidding on the piece soaring past the pre-sale estimate of $3,000-5,000 to achieve a stunning $31,250. Measuring 6 feet in height and 59 inches in width, the highly carved cupboard was richly decorated with caryatids, trophies, chimeras, swags, masks and other ornaments.
Mirrors in the sale featured a circa 1745 George II giltwood pier mirror with a ruffled rocaille frame surmounted by a shell-form cresting that fetched $17,500, near the top end of its $12,000-18,000 estimate. An additional George II giltwood pier mirror was likely the pair to the example from the Collection of the Lord St. Oswald, Nostell Priory, Wakefield, Yorkshire. It surpassed its estimate of $5,000-7,000, selling for $11,250.
The silver section of the auction offered a pair of circa 1820 George IV figural candlesticks each designed as a grapevine standard surrounded by a trio of putti, by Benjamin Smith, London, height 12 1/4 inches. The candlesticks doubled their estimate of $6,000-8,000, fetching $13,750.
Highlighting the Old Master paintings section of the sale was a portrait of a dashing young gentleman in a red coat by the English artist Francis Cotes (1726-1770) that sold for $18,750, doubling its estimate of $7,000-10,000. Cotes was one of the most sought-after portrait artists of the era and in 1768 was a founding member of the Royal Academy.
All prices include the buyers' premium.
Next Auction of Old Master Paintings and English & Continental Furniture: January 2016
Consignments are currently being accepted for Doyle's next auction of Old Master Paintings & Drawings and English & Continental Furniture & Decorations scheduled for January 2016. 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:
Peter Lang, Furniture & Decorations, 212-427-4141, ext 274, [email protected]
Elaine Stainton, Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext 249, [email protected]