English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts / Old Master PaintingsWed, Oct 25, 2017 at 10am EDT |
Auction of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts, Including Old Master Paintings & Drawings on October 25, 2017 at 10am in New York
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted
We Invite You to Contact Us for a Complimentary Auction Appraisal of Your Collection
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will hold an auction of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts and Old Master Paintings & Drawings on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10am. The sale will present a broad selection of furniture and decorative arts, including Georgian silver; English, Continental and Chinese export porcelain; sculpture; clocks; chandeliers; tapestries and rugs. Old Master paintings and drawings offer landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
Old Master Paintings
Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724–1806) excelled at portraying the beloved pets of the 18th century French nobility. The sale offers an engaging picture of two pugs, which shows the dogs at play rather than formally posed – the convention earlier in the century – allowing us to see just how appealing his animal portraits could be (est. $8,000-12,000).
Furniture & Decorative Arts
Continental furniture in the sale offers a transitional Louis XV/Louis XVI commode that reflects the very high quality work of Simon Oeben, maître in 1769, and his brother, Jean-François, who was named ébéniste du roi in 1754 (est. $25,000-35,000). These characteristics include the cube parquetry and rectangular breakfronted form, known as à la qrecque, developed around 1760, as well as the gilt-bronze mounts. Two of their important clients were the Marquise de Pompadour and the Duc de Choiseul, for whom they almost exclusively produced many commodes à la grecque.
A fine George III mother-of-pearl inlaid mahogany tea chest, circa 1760, is fitted with two tea canisters and a sugar canister (est. $4,000-6,000). The unusual mother-of-pearl-sided canisters with their engraved decoration relate to several known examples, including two George III ‘aventurine’ tea chests, one by the London goldsmith James Cox (circa1723-1800), with almost identical canisters. The country of origin of the engraved mother-of-pearl panels seems to be unknown.
Silver in the sale is highlighted by a magnificent George II cake basket dated 1742 by Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751), undoubtedly England’s greatest silversmith (est. $150,000-250,000). The basket form appealed to English aristocrats’ sense of whimsy, a reference to England’s agrarian past and the source of much of their wealth. Although we know them as “cake baskets,” they would have been used at the dining table for serving breads. This stunning example is from a selection of silver that has been in the collection of a prominent Philadelphia family for at least three generations
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for the October 25 auction of Old Master Paintings & Drawings and English & Continental Furniture & Decorations. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction appraisal. 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, Furniture@Doyle.com
Elaine Stainton, Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext 249, Paintings@Doyle.com
Todd Sell, Silver, 212-427-4141, ext 269, Silver@Doyle.com
Mark Moehrke, Russian Works of Art, 212-427-4141, ext 272, Russian@Doyle.com