Auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts on October 8, 2019
Rare Example of a Circa 1877 Sterling Silver Ice Bowl by Tiffany & Co. Designer Edward C. Moore Achieves $125,000
Join Us in January 2020 for Americana Week: The Estate of a Prominent Collector of Important American Folk Art
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's October 8, 2019 auction showcased fine American furniture and decorative arts, including silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, quilts and samplers, in addition to Chinese Export porcelain and rugs. Also featured were Audubon, Currier & Ives and topographical prints.
With competitive bidding in the salesroom, on the telephones, and via the Internet the auction totaled a successful $1,202,006, surpassing its estimate of $765,750-1,185,950, with an exceptional 88% sold by lot and 94% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a rare Tiffany & Co. parcel gilt sterling silver ice bowl, circa 1877, by Tiffany designer Edward C. Moore that soared past its estimate of $25,000-35,000 to achieve a staggering $125,000. The unusual design incorporating polar bears and dragonflies embraces the contemporary fashion for Japanese design and the 1867 Alaska Purchase. In the time before refrigeration, chilled drinks were a Gilded Age extravagance afforded to only the wealthiest of Americans. The serving of ice was a grand spectacle that Tiffany & Co. perfectly presented with this stunning ice bowl. Tiffany designer Edward C. Moore will be the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co., opening in July 2020.
For one year only in 1883, the silver firm Gorham experimented with a line they called Banko Iron Ware that used a rough textured iron body onto which were applied silver and/or copper dragons, figures and natural elements. The auction featured a rare Gorham Banko iron and sterling silver vase applied with a writhing dragon, crabs and trails of sand that fetched $13,750, well over its $5,000-8,000 estimate.
This sale category is Doyle's premier venue for American paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries, including fine examples of portraiture; Hudson River, Western and regional landscapes; marine paintings and still lifes.
Highlighting the paintings section of the was a circa 1830/40s view of the Catskills by Thomas Cole (1801-1848), who is recognized as the founder of the Hudson River School. This masterful landscape with its dramatic lighting and exaggerated sense of space belied its rather diminutive size of 8 1/2 by 12 inches. Determined bidders drove the landscape to an exceptional $112,500, more than doubling its estimate of $30,000-50,000.
Property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art featured Gilbert Stuart’s circa 1806 portrait of the Massachusetts surgeon, politician and statesman William Eustis (1753-1825). William Eustis spent his life dedicated to public service as a military surgeon during the American Revolution, a member of the U.S. Congress, Secretary of War under James Madison, Minister to the Netherlands, and Governor of Massachusetts. His Boston mansion, the Shirley-Eustis House is a National Historic Landmark. The portrait attracted strong competition, driving the price over the $12,000-18,000 estimate to realize $28,125.
The section of the sale devoted to Dogs in Art & Sporting Art included a painting by British artist Richard Ansdell (1815-1885) from the Estate of a Long Island that realized $17,500, surpassing its $10,000-15,000 estimate. Trained as a portraitist, Ansdell soon found success as a painter of livestock and sporting subjects, often emphasizing the individual personalities of the animals. Featured in the sale was The Slackened Girth from 1882, which depicted a huntsman stopping to adjust his saddle girth while his horse and two hounds interact like companions in the field. Read More
Silver from the Collection of Patricia Jay Reiner
Patricia Jay Reiner loved silver and was an avid collector, dealer and appraiser. Early in her career she was a Wall Street professional, but silver became her passion. She built her own collection with beautiful antique silver objects that caught her discerning eye. Patricia was a true “people person” and soon began working with other collectors to enhance their silver collections, as well as with interior designers to supply silver for their clients. Patricia was Vice President of the New York Silver Society, Inc., and in her role as Editor of the NYSS Newsletter she not only worked with contributors on their own articles, but also wrote many features herself. She was instrumental in planning events and get-togethers for the Society, including the popular annual dinner and lecture. Property from the Collection of Patricia Jay Reiner will be offered in select auctions during the 2019/2020 auction season, beginning with lots 263 through 302 in the October 8 auction. View Lots
The Collection of Claire Tracy and Frank Glaser
A special section of the auction was devoted to the Collection of Claire Tracy and Frank Glaser of Greenwich, Connecticut. Comprising over 100 lots in the sale, this remarkable collection was assembled beginning in the late 1960s and offers a wide range of early Americana, Maritime Art and Folk Art. Among the offerings were paintings, weathervanes, folk art and over 20 lots of Nantucket baskets dating from the late 19th century to the early 21st century with examples by Jose Formoso Reyes, Bill and Judy Sayle, and Stanley Roop. Read More
The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection
Doyle is honored to present The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection in select auctions throughout the Fall season. A civic leader and philanthropist, Marian championed outdoor community spaces across New York and led a nonprofit organization responsible for restoring the 42nd Street theatres. She was instrumental in the 1972 campaign to create the Gateway National Recreation Area, a 26,000-acre park with scattered beaches and wildlife refuges around the entrance to the New York-New Jersey harbor. For 34 years, she worked as a Director of The New York Times, where her grandfather, father, husband, brother, nephew and grand-nephew served as successive publishers. Her work at the newspaper focused on educational projects. In 1965, Marian married Andrew Heiskell, the Chairman of Time Inc., whose philanthropies included the New York Public Library. Property from the Collection comprised a selection of silver in the October 8 sale. View Lots
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
Americana Week: January 2020
Doyle is honored to auction property from the Estate of a Prominent Collector of Important American Folk Art. The landmark single-owner sale will take place in January 2020 during Americana Week. Assembled over many decades by a sophisticated connoisseur, this remarkable and extensive collection comprises American paintings, folk art, toys, samplers, rugs, furniture and more. Details to be announced.
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for future auctions. 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:
Paintings: Bill Fiddler, 212-427-4141, ext. 249, or [email protected]
Furniture and Decorative Arts: David A. Gallager, 212-427-4141, ext. 271, or [email protected]
Silver: Todd Sell, 212-427-4141, ext. 269, or [email protected]