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The Flower Family Collection

Thu, Dec 08, 2022 at 10am EST |
New York
2022-12-08 10:00:00 2022-12-08 18:00:00 America/New_York The Flower Family Collection Comprises Lots 372-437 in Doyle+Design: Session II on December 8. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle [email protected]
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Comprises Lots 372-437 in Doyle+Design: Session II on December 8

Exhibition Dates
Sat, Dec 03
12pm – 5pm

Sun, Dec 04
12pm – 5pm

Mon, Dec 05
12pm – 5pm


Doyle New York
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New York,  NY  10128

  • Auction of the Flower Family Collection on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 10am
  • Comprises Lots 372-437 in Doyle+Design: Session II on December 8

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to auction The Flower Family Collection on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 10am as a special section of Doyle+Design: Session II. This exceptional collection showcases rare ceramic figures by Martin Brothers, Art Nouveau vases by Amphora Pottery Company, Art Deco figures by Charles Vyse, Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre porcelain, and a diverse variety of colorful art glass by prominent American, French, and British makers, including Tiffany Furnaces, Quezal, Daum, Burgun Schverer et Cie., and Thomas Webb & Sons.

Featured in the fine art is an important work by artist and sculptor Varujan Boghosian. From 1975, Memory is representative of Boghosian’s Surrealist-tinged assemblages, clever and mysterious found object pieces that show the influence of Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell.

Edward & Marilyn Flower 

Edward FlowerSome people are born with the “collector’s gene”. Our dad, Edward Flower, began his collecting life by spending all his allowance, every Saturday, on postage stamps, Modern Library Classics and theater tickets. Among his memorabilia is the silver certificate his father found on the steps of the hospital the day he was born, in 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression.

Edward found the perfect life partner in our mother, Marilyn. They met and married in the 1950’s. Together they shared a passion for collecting that became the driving force of their leisure time activities. When we were very young, they collected American paintings, like John Twachtman’s Tulip Trees, an early memory from our childhood home. That collection was sold to make way for American, European and Japanese prints, netsuke, sculpture, rare books, postcards and advertising memorabilia of all kinds. In the 21st century they turned their attention to ceramics, especially Majolica, their last and greatest collection, consisting of more than one thousand individual pieces. As active members of the Majolica Society, they enjoyed the camaraderie of like-minded friends with common interests. They loved introducing fellow Majolica members to Manhattan. Of course, a trip to New York often included an invitation to view their wonderful collection!

Marilyn and Ed were also great patrons of the arts. They loved discovering and encouraging new talent and budding artists as they travelled the world, from Manhattan to Cape Cod, to London, Paris, Europe and beyond. There was always something new to discover, some new avenue of collecting to pursue.

The Flower Family Collection was built up in layers over many decades, with much love and devotion. For us children and grandchildren, their collection is full of happy stories and lasting memories. After mom passed away, our father would enjoy sitting in his living room admiring old favorites and latest acquisitions. He was delighted to contribute extensively to the three volume Majolica Mania publication and to provide 26 outstanding Majolica pieces to the Bard exhibition currently touring the U.K. 

It's both a privilege and a pleasure for us to share some of our parents’ treasures with the contemporary art world. Ed and Marilyn loved nothing better than to inspire new patrons of the arts to begin the collector’s journey.

Stephanie and Andrew Flower

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