The Noel & Harriette Levine CollectionWed, Jan 17, 2018 at 10am EST |
Sale of the Noel and Harriette Levine Collection on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10am EST
Exceptional Collection of Important English Furniture and Decorations
Contents of the Levine's Elegant Apartment on New York's Park Avenue and Their Country House in Bedford, New York
NEW YORK; NY -- Doyle is honored to auction the Noel and Harriette Levine Collection on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10am. This remarkable collection comprises important English furniture, silver and decorations from the Levine’s elegant home on Park Avenue and their country house in Bedford, New York.
Generous patrons of the arts, Noel and Harriette Levine were longtime donors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, both of whom have galleries named in their honor. They donated their extensive and renowned collection of Photographs to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, whose Photography Department bears their name.
The Levine Collection is that of the consummate connoisseur. Mrs. Levine was a stylish and sophisticated interior designer who possessed a discerning eye for quality and had unerring judgement in her choice of the best, whether it be furnishings or jewelry.
Highlights include a handsome pair of George II walnut armchairs that once formed part of a larger suite at Wimpole Hall, a 17th century house in Cambridgeshire. Wimpole Hall was altered by the Palladian architect Henry Flitcroft, who created a sixty-foot long gallery in the west wing in 1742, about the same time that the chairs would have been created (est. $250,000-350,000).
Designed for use in a bedroom, an important George III cabinet was intended for the display of precious porcelains. The form is described as a 'China Cabinet' by Thomas Chippendale in The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director of 1754, which illustrates several examples with similar glazing bars. The serpentine lower section is fitted with a brushing slide for clothes stored in the drawers below (est. $100,000-200,000).
Jewelry from the Levine Collection
Jewelry from the Noel and Harriette Levine Collection offers a dazzling array of exquisite creations by such prestigious makers as Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb and Cartier. Jewelry and Fine Watches will be offered in the sales of Fine Jewelry on February 20 and Important Jewelry on April 16.