Auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts on March 27, 2019
Featuring an 1899 View of Venice by Thomas Moran Formerly in The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
And an American American Aesthetic Movement Table by Herter Brothers
NEW YORK, NY -- On March 27, 2019, Doyle held a successful auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts. The sale showcased 18th and 19th century American furniture and decorative arts, including silver, ceramics, mirrors, Folk art, Chinese Export porcelain and rugs. This auction category is Doyle’s premier venue for 19th and early 20th century American paintings, with the March 27 sale showcasing examples of Hudson River School landscapes, Western and Regional art, still lifes, portraits, nautical scenes and Folk paintings.
Highlighting the sale was an 1899 view of Venice by Thomas Moran (1837-1926) that achieved $193,750, far surpassing its estimate of $100-150,000. Moran is one of America’s most revered artists of the western landscape. While at the height of his creative powers in the 1880s and 90s, he traveled to Venice, where the views of that brilliant city would inspire him for the rest of his career. Property from the Estate of Joan Harmon Van Metre, the painting captured the dramatic light and vibrant colors of Venice. Read More & View Video
A special section of the sale was devoted to paintings from the Collection of William and Abigail Gerdts. Bill Gerdts and his wife Abbie collected mid-to-late 19th century still life paintings by American artists for more than fifty years. The selections from the Gerdts Collection offered in the sale comprised lots 72-96 and reflected the couple’s lifelong careers as scholars of American painting and sculpture. Read More About the Collection
American Furniture & Decorative Arts
The section of the sale devoted to American furniture and decorative arts attracted strong competitive bidding that resulted in a successful total of $430,844, well over the estimate of $271,250-409,700, with an exceptional 91% sold by lot and 98% by value.
Furniture offerings featured an American Aesthetic Movement table made in the early 1870s by Herter Brothers in New York that fetched $28,125, exceeding its estimate of $12,000-20,000. Similar in form to an example in the Cleveland Museum of Art, the table combined Japanese-inspired structure and ornament with a fine floral marquetry top probably imported from Paris.
From the Estate of James W. Smith was a rare hand-painted porcelain turkey platter created for the Rutherford B. Hayes White House State Dinner Service by Haviland & Co., Limoges, 1884-1889, that doubled its estimate of $6,000-9,000, achieving $17,500.
In 1815, Samuel Kirk opened what has become America’s oldest silversmith. The firm created a style of intricate floral repoussé, known as “Baltimore Silver,” an early example of which was an 1828 tea service from a Connecticut Collector that realized $8,175 against an estimate of $7,000-10,000. The tea service was elaborately decorated with birds and butterflies surrounded by flowers and foliage.
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Paintings: Bill Fiddler, 212-427-4141, ext. 249, or paintings@Doyle.com
Furniture and Decorative Arts: David A. Gallager, 212-427-4141, ext. 271, or american@Doyle.com
Silver: Todd Sell, 212-427-4141, ext. 269, or silver@Doyle.com