English & Continental Furniture / Old Master Paintings
Auction of English & Continental Furniture, Decorative Arts & Silver and Old Master Paintings & Drawings on February 5, 2020 at 10am
Featuring a Large-Scale Portrait of Pauline Bonaparte by Marie-Victoire Lemoine (1754-1820)
Property from Prominent Estates and Private Collections Across the Country
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 10am will present 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 will offer landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
Old Master Paintings
Marie-Victoire Lemoine (1754-1820) was born into a family of artists and came of age at the center of the Parisian art world. After studying with a pupil of François Boucher, she went on to specialize in portraits and genre subjects. A lovely, large-scale portrait of Napoleon’s younger sister Pauline Bonaparte at the age of 19, a ravishing testament to the artist’s powers, was exhibited at the Salon in 1799 (est. $40,000-70,000).
Furniture & Decorative Arts
Highlighting the selection of English furniture is an elegant George III mahogany secretaire-cabinet on stand attributed to Thomas Chippendale. This example exhibits characteristics found in Thomas Chippendale's designs in The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1762, for A China Case, A Lady's Writing Table & Bookcase and A Library Bookcase. Although Chippendale incorporates remnants of 'Chinese,' 'Gothick' and rococo taste in the 1762 edition of the Director, he is starting to use newly-popular 'Antique' elements. These motifs were advocated by the architect Robert Adam, who had spent almost four years on the Grand Tour studying Roman architecture and design elements. Adam worked with Chippendale most notably at Harewood House and his influence is seen in Chippendale's use of urn-from finials and panels with patera-mounted inset corners to the flanking cabinets, tapering square legs carved with husks, and block feet (est. $40,000-60,000).
Also noteworthy are a pair of George III satinwood, tulipwood and marquetry semi-elliptical pier tables in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, circa 1775. The use of marquetry shares affinities with the work of Thomas Chippendale and his son, Thomas Chippendale Junior. The husk swags on the frieze are similar to pier tables made by Thomas Chippendale Jr. for Denton Hall, and the Antique profile portrait resembles a pier table made by Chippendale in 1775 for Harewood House (est. $20,000-30,000).
From the Estate of Leonard and Elaine Silverstein of Bethesda, MD, are two Elizabethan needlework panels of bed hangings from Cassiobury House embroidered with vignettes of pastoral life and exotic animals, including an elephant, crocodile and a monkey (est. $2,000-3,000).
Continental offerings feature an impressive French purplewood and giltwood console on winged sphinx supports by Jeanselme, third quarter of the 19th century. The Jeanselme Père et Fils association was composed in 1856 of Joseph Pierre François and his son Charles Joseph Marie (est. $8,000-12,000).
Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith produced some of the finest silver in early 19th century London. From 1802-1807 they were principal suppliers to Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, the official Jeweller, Gold and Silversmiths to the Crown. The sale offers a pair of marvelous George III sterling silver-gilt mounted cut glass claret jugs dated 1806 (est. $3,000-5,000).
Highlighting the silver flatware services is an extensive Puiforcat service in the Noailles pattern comprising a large number of different utensils with quantities up to 72 pieces each (est. $40,000-60,000).
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for the May 2020 auction of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts and Old Master Paintings. 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]
Old Master Paintings: Elaine Stainton, 212-427-4141, ext 249, [email protected]
Rugs, Carpets & Tapestries: Mark Topalian, 212-427-4141, ext 243, [email protected]