Asian bronzes, jade, woodblock prints featured Dec. 8 at Woodbury
Principal among the highlights is a fine Asian gilt bronze figure of Tara, as well as an Asian gilt bronze seated water buffalo. Both descended from the painter Edmund A Tarbell, and the water buffalo bronze was featured in a painting by Tarbell which is still in the family of the painter. The bronzes carry modest pre-sale estimates in the mid-hundreds.
Other Asian decorative arts lots include several assorted jade pieces, including a fine carved boulder jade piece on stand, and several carved jade pendants. Asian jewelry includes a rare Chinese carved jade Guanyin figure mounted with a diamond in pendant form. Many Japanese woodblock prints are also being offered, including a rare triptych woodblock of a Geisha bathhouse.
Another highlight lot is a fine pair of Dutch round delft chargers, 19th century with floral decoration, 12¾in in diameter, from a Connecticut estate, estimated at $300-$400. Other porcelain lots of interest include an English porcelain hand painted dessert set, comprising 18 pieces, a rare Staffordshire porcelain bird feeder, and many other lots of Staffordshire, pearlware, creamware and other Continental and Asian porcelains.
Top lot of the several silver lots in the sale is a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver service for twelve in the Wave Edge pattern, circa 1891, presented together with four additional Tiffany hollow ware items, all cased in a custom Tiffany & Co. sycamore fitted case. The service, which weighs 198.5 troy ounces, is expected to fetch $10,000.
Other early silver includes an American coin-silver engraved teapot by John C. Moore (Am. 1825-1845), of tapering octagonal form, with spurred spout and handle and domed lid with similarly shaped and engraved knop, marked on bottom “New York” and pictorial marks for John C. Moore, 7in high, 5in body diameter. Continental silver includes a fine Dutch silver tea caddy, circa 1750-1760, lid with lion finial, heart shaped makers mark with initials ES flanking a tree. Weight 9.740 troy oz., 6in high, 4in wide.
Mid-century furniture and decorations are also on offer, including two different pairs of modernist brass lighting devices. First is a pair of Finnish brass lamps designed by Paavo Tynell, Finnish, 1890-1973, circa 1950, produced by Taito, each with six lights, two wirework finials over oval shades with cutout star ornamentation on two crossed supports and round bases. The lamps are stamped on top of fixture with conjoined double “T” logo, “Taito NM 713 B made in Finland,” 70 1/2in high, 19 1/2in wide. Second is an unusual pair of 1950’s brass and wood tripod lamps with brass and caged wood central column on bulbous body, wood and brass tripod bases, with custom suede and brass grommet shades. 28 1/2″ high, 11in diameter.
Fine period furniture lots include a French carved 18th century coffer, a George III carved mahogany silver cabinet, an English oak welsh dresser, a gilt and decorated Adam demi-lune console table, and a South German baroque walnut veneered pine three drawer commode, mid 18th century, with crossbanded serpentine top above similarly shaped drawers, raised on a scalloped base and bracket feet. 32 1/2in high, 44in wide, 24in deep.
A fine framed oil on canvas by Helene Girod de L’Ain (Fr. b.1926), is one of the star fine art lots. The painting is signed lower left “Girod de L’Ain,” signed and titled verso “Girod de L’Ain Les Bleuets,” and bears a paper label on stretcher “NY Circulating Library of Paintings Inc.” Sight size: 31in high, 31in wide.
A New York estate yielded a rare Max Ernst (Ger. 1891-1976), “Figure” lithograph proof print, inscribed, signed in ink lower border, “Eprouve d’essai sur la bon a tirer! La figure – apparat en bleu sous – gleiche Max Ernst.” Sight: 24 1/2in high, 18in wide; Frame: 31in high, 24in wide. According to family tradition, this print is a proof of a lithograph that was meant to be included in a portfolio of lithographs to be sold to fund the International Rescue Committee, an organization which was conceived by the estate representative’s father. For some reason Ernst never completed his contribution, but the proof print remained with the family until now.
Many fine jewelry lots are included in the sale, including an 18K gold eight loop puzzle ring, several 14K and 18K gold bracelets and necklaces, many pearl and diamond jewelry pieces from a West Coast estate, and other estate and Chanel costume jewelry. Many couture furs are also being offered in the sale.
The sale also includes a large selection of estate oriental carpets including Persian and Caucasian room and scatter sized rugs, and other regional Asian rugs of varying sizes. Featured carpet lots include two fine Shirvan rugs, a Persian Tabriz garden rug, a palace size Indo-Persian rug, and a multi-colored Chinese room size carpet.
For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Woodbury Auction at 203-266-0323.
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