NEW YORK – A trio of sales presented at Doyle on October 19 and October 20 met with marked success. English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts, held on October 19; Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings, conducted on October 20; and a sale of English & Continental Silver, Vertu & Faberge, also taking place on October 20, all performed admirably.
Doyle’s auction of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts on October 19 saw strong prices for traditional English and Continental furniture, porcelain, mirrors, clocks, chandeliers and fine rugs from prominent collections and estates.
Competitive bidding drove an Italian Renaissance patinated-bronze salt cellar or inkwell far above its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to achieve an impressive $28,350. Bearing the distinguished provenance of the Barons Alphonse and Nathaniel de Rothschild, Vienna, the bronze depicted a dramatic scene of a trident astride a sea monster with an open mouth.
From a Park Avenue private collection came a circa-1810 pair of Regency satinwood banded rosewood side cabinets that realized $16,380, many times their estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
Topping the porcelain offerings was a late 19th-century Worcester porcelain covered two-handled urn by Flight Barr and Barr that soared past its estimate of $1,000-$1,500 to achieve $10,710.
The second sale Doyle presented was an auction of Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings, conducted on October 20. Showcased were a wide range of works including landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance through the 19th century.
Highlighting the sale was a portrait by the English Regency artist Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) that surpassed its estimate, realizing $15,120. Portrait of Mary-Anne Capel, Later Lady Carrington, depicting the daughter of a friend of the artist, was executed in 1827, near the end of Lawrence’s life.
Old Master drawings featured a fine example by Pier Francesco Mazzuchelli, called il Morazzone (Italian, 1573-1625/26) from the estate of fashion designer Herbert Kasper. Depicting the betrothal of the Virgin, the drawing soared above its estimate of $2,000-$4,000 to achieve $13,860.
Doyle presented an auction of English & Continental Silver, Vertu & Faberge on October 20. The sale offered a wide range of silver spanning the 18th through 20th centuries featuring English, French and Italian silver by prominent makers, as well as objects by Faberge.
Highlighting the sale was a Faberge nephrite double photograph frame by workmaster Henrik Wigstrom from the estate of Sara Roosevelt Wilford that achieved $34,650, exceeding its $15,000-$25,000 estimate. Consigned from the same estate was a Faberge nephrite single photograph frame by workmaster Victor Aarne that surpassed its $7,000-$10,000 estimate to earn $12,600.
Silver in the sale featured a pair of sterling silver bottle coolers that sold for $34,650, far above the $15,000-$25,000 estimate. Created by Sheffield silversmiths Waterhouse, Hodson & Co. in 1833, they were modeled after the famed Warwick Vase, a monumental Roman vase unearthed at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli about 1771 and currently in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland. The Warwick Vase was reproduced in contemporary engravings by Piranesi and in decorative pattern books, inspiring intricate copies such as this exquisite pair.
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