Sale 22CN05 | Lot 1126

Fabergé Enameled Gold and Silver-Gilt Mounted Nephrite Photograph Frame

Catalogue: Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings / English & Continental Silver, V
Fabergé Enameled Gold and Silver-Gilt Mounted Nephrite Photograph Frame

Lot Details

Lot 1126
Fabergé Enameled Gold and Silver-Gilt Mounted Nephrite Photograph Frame
Workmaster Victor Aarne, St. Petersburg, 1899-1904, scratched inventory number 8590
Of rectangular form, with outset corners, with a rectangular aperture, the bezel enameled in translucent red and mounted with opaque white crossed ribbons at intervals and set with pearls at the corners, surmounted with a later gold ribbon-tied floral swag, one side set with a gold-mounted pearl, above later gold foliate sprays at the lower corners, with a hinged silver-gilt and simulated ivory back and silver-gilt scroll strut. Height 3 1/4 inches (8.26 cm), width 4 3/16 inches (10.64 cm).

Sara Roosevelt Wilford (1932-2021) was the first of two daughters born to Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney (1908-1998) and James Roosevelt (1907-1991), the son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) and Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962). Mrs. Wilford's adoptive father was John Hay "Jock" Whitney (1904-1982), born to one of the most prominent American families of the twentieth century.

Mr. and Mrs. Whitney, in addition to managing their many business and philanthropic interests, amassed an important collection of Impressionist and Modern art, which included works by Sargent, Degas, van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Following Mrs. Whitney's death, many of the works were dispersed to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Sara Roosevelt married Anthony di Bonaventura (1929-2012), a pianist and Professor of Music at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. She later married Ronald Wilford (1927-2015), the president of Columbia Artists who managed the careers of some of the world's finest conductors and performers, including Herbert von Karajan, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Horowitz and Mstislav Rostropovich.

As a member of the Sarah Lawrence College faculty, Mrs. Wilford taught courses connecting child development theory to educational practice and developed or led a number of programs at the college in the areas of children, childhood, and education.

Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Wilford served as a frequent keynote speaker at seminars and conferences on early childhood development, contributed to numerous scholastic articles, and authored three books on childhood learning.



C The Estate of Sara Roosevelt Wilford

Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Sold for $12,600 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Areas of damage and losses to enamel; one crossed ribbon with losses; gold foliate mounts on front are later additions; right side and lower border now lacking pearls


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Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Sold for $12,600 (includes buyer's premium)

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Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings / English & Continental Silver, V

Thu, Oct 20, 2022 at 10am EDT
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