Auction of English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts on October 30, 2019
Special Section of the October 30 Auction of Old Master Paintings, Russian Works of Art and English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the January 2020 Auction of English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction on October 30, 2019 presented a broad selection of elegant English and Continental furniture and decorative arts, including Georgian silver, porcelain, mirrors, clocks, chandeliers, tapestries and rugs. The selection of Old Master paintings and drawings offered landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
Featured in the sale was a group of elegant 18th century giltwood mirrors, highlighted by an Irish George III mirror by John Booker, circa 1775, that achieved $43,750, many times its estimate of $8,000-12,000. The firm of Francis and John Booker, sons of John Booker (d. 1750), 'Looking-glass manufacturer,' Essex Bridge, Dublin, took over their father's business after his death and was one of two principal glass sellers in Dublin in the third quarter of the 18th century. It appears that the firm did not make the frames for their mirror plates until after Francis's death in 1772, when John advertised himself as 'Looking Glass-seller, Carver and Gilder, No 6 Essex-bridge.'
From The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection was a handsome Victorian burr-walnut and part-ebonized kidney-shaped desk by Gillows, the craftsman John Barrow, that sold for $25,000, doubling its estimate of $8,000-12,000. 'An Oak Pedestal and Kidney Table' is found in the Gillows' Estimate Sketch Books, dated 1840, the back also fitted with three shelves. John Barrow was the son of W. J. Barrow, whose name appears in the Gillow records between 1800-1840.
A George I ebony-veneered and brass-mounted table clock by Daniel Quare & Stephen Horseman, London, No. 277, circa 1725, fetched $21,250, many times its $3,000-5,000 estimate. Daniel Quare (c. 1648-1724) was a maker of great repute and once held the Royal appointment as watch and clockmaker to George I, despite his refusal to take the oath of allegiance to the King, as he was a Quaker. He is credited with the invention of the repeating watch and various scientific instruments. He was a Master of the Clockmaker's Company in 1708 and took Stephen Horseman as an apprentice in January 1701. Horseman was free in 1709 and entered into a partnership with Quare in 1718. Quare died in 1724 but Horseman continued to sign his work 'Quare & Horseman', even after the former's death in 1724, also using his serial numbers on clocks and watches. Horseman was made bankrupt in 1730.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
Old Master Paintings / Russian Works of Art
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Consignments are currently being accepted for the January 2020 auction. 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:
Furniture & Decorations, Peter Lang, 212-427-4141, ext 274, [email protected]
Silver: Todd Sell, 212-427-4141, ext 269, [email protected]
Rugs, Carpets & Tapestries: Mark Topalian, 212-427-4141, ext 243, [email protected]