Past Auction

Property of Mary Helen McCoy Fine Antiques and Interiors

Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 10am EDT |
New York
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One of the South's Most Important Design Resources for Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts

  • Auction of Property of Mary Helen McCoy Fine Antiques and Interiors on Thursday, June 11, 2020
  • Featured Section of the English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts Auction
  • This Sale Will Be Presented as a Live Auction Event with Safety in Mind

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle was honored to auction Property of Mary Helen McCoy Fine Antiques and Interiors of Memphis, Tennessee, one of the South's most important design resources for Continental furniture and decorative arts. The sale was presented as a featured section of the English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts auction on June 11, 2020.

The auction generated excitement in the antiques and design fields, and two influential figures shared their thoughts about Mary Helen McCoy in advance of the sale.

New York dealer Clinton Howell said, “She has served as an extraordinary ambassador to the world of the French decorative arts, recognized by her peers who nominated her to become a member of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires. That is no small honor for a dealer that does not live in France. She has earned the recognition by her peers that few get and even fewer deserve. She deserves this recognition wholeheartedly.”

Prominent interior designer Robert Couturier commented, “Mary Helen’s pieces are what I admire and like as they are perfect, original, elegantly simple but not simple by lack of something but simple by choice, sophistication and refinement. I have been lucky to buy some pieces from Mary Helen, which I now live with and will for the foreseeable future.”

Highlights of Mary Helen McCoy Fine Antiques and Interiors included an elegant pair of Louis XVI painted fauteuils à la Reine, circa 1775, that achieved $9,375, exceeding their estimate of $5,000-7,000. The fauteuils were stamped I. B. Boulard and covered with Aubusson tapestry upholstery. Jean-Baptiste Boulard (c. 1725-1789), whose workshop was on the rue de Cléry, Paris, worked primarily for the French Crown and supplied furniture for the palaces of Versailles, Fontainebleau, Compiègne and the Tuileries. A handsome Empire mahogany fauteuil de bureau attributed to Jacob Desmalter also fetched $9,375, well over its estimate of $4,000-6,000.

All prices include the Buyer's Premium.

In Conversation with Mary Helen McCoy

Specialist Peter Lang spoke to Mary Helen McCoy ahead of the auction to dive deeper into her passion for French antiques, ask her advice to antique collectors, and discover what’s next for the renowned dealer and interior designer.  Read More


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