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Doyle sees success with Old Masters, French sculpture

Left, Henry Raeburn’s portrait of Commander John Henry Cochrane, $20,160; Right, a French marble figure of Victory, $34,650. Images courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers
Left, Henry Raeburn’s portrait of Commander John Henry Cochrane, $20,160; Right, a French marble figure of Victory, $34,650. Images courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Doyle enjoyed success with back-to-back auctions on January 24 and January 25. The first showcased Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings, and the second focused on English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts.

Highlighting the January 24 sale was a marvelous portrait by Henry Raeburn, RA, RSA (1756-1823) of Commander John Henry Cochrane, RN, that achieved $20,160, more than double its $5,000-$8,000 estimate. Raeburn is today considered the best of the Scottish portraitists working at the turn of the 19th century. The likeness of Commander John Henry Cochrane of the Royal Navy embodies all of the characteristics of his style: a carefully studied realism, dramatic lighting effects and a forceful evocation of what appears to have been the commander’s proud and confident character.

Henry Raeburn’s portrait of Commander John Henry Cochrane, $20,160. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers
Henry Raeburn’s portrait of Commander John Henry Cochrane, $20,160. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

The classics were back at Doyle’s English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on January 25. The sale saw strong prices for traditional English and Continental furniture, porcelain, mirrors, clocks, chandeliers and fine rugs from prominent collections and estates.

Detail of a French marble figure of Victory, $34,650. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers
Detail of a French marble figure of Victory, $34,650. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Highlighting the sale was a dynamic 19th-century French marble figure of Victory that soared past its estimate of $4,000-$6,000 to earn a stunning $34,650. Property from the estate of a Park Avenue lady, the marble figure measured 57 inches in height and was set on a 33-inch pedestal.

George I marble top giltwood side table, $12,600. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers
George I marble top giltwood side table, $12,600. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

Furniture in the sale was led by a George I marble top giltwood side table from the second quarter of the 18th century that more than doubled its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to sell for $12,600.

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