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New York, NY, United States
DoneWed, Feb 8, 2006 2:00 PM GMT

Belle Epoque 19th/20th Century Decorative Art

Highlighting the February 8 Belle Epoque auction is an important Russian gilt silver table service from the Estate of Ambassador Nicholas Ruwe (lot 2220). This 180-piece service was made by I.E. Morozov, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917. Other Russian offerings include gilt silver, champlevé and plique-à-jour dinner and coffee services from the Ruwe estate (lots 2221 and 2222), bronzes, and a large silver presentation Kovsch (lot 2234). Highlighting the silver section are flatware services by Tiffany & Co., Georg Jensen, Gorham and Whiting; and a Samuel Kirk & Sons Chinoiserie decorated coffee service. Also featured is a Tiffany & Co. gold and nephrite jade circular covered box that was exhibited at the 1893 Columbian Exposition (lot 2235). Among the furniture and decorations are six Marcel Kammerer designed chairs for Thonet (lot 2470), Steinway pianos, and a collection of micro-mosaic and pietra dura plaques, including a micro-mosaic plaque attributed to Lucietto Paesaggio con Cerro (lot 2107). Art Deco cold-painted bronze and ivory figures include works by Ferdinand Preiss, K. Lorenzl and S. Lipchytz. A collection of Austrian cold-painted bronze figures and lamps includes examples by Bergman. The sale also features porcelain by Meissen, KPM, Dresden, Limoges, Mettlach and Jacob Petit and art glass by Argy-Rousseau, Lalique, Gallé, Daum and Schneider. Representing Tiffany Studios are four important bronze and favrile glass stalactite chandeliers (lots 2677, 2678, 2679, 2685), a Morning Glory paperweight vase (lot 2715), and two favrile pottery vases.