Aubusson tapestries, carpets starring in Heritage sale Dec. 4

Aubusson tapestries

French Aubusson carpet, 19th century, 175 x 136 inches. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Across the spectrum of highlights on offer in Heritage Auctions’ Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on Friday, Dec. 4, is a selection of rare Aubusson tapestries  – an ideal complement to the five special sessions in the sale. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Rarities from three important private collections, as well as themed sessions titled “The Holiday Table” and “The Holiday Gift” comprise the sale, which will be held in real time.

Aubusson tapestries

Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted Sèvres-style porcelain side table, 19th century. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Heritage Auctions image

Leading the auction’s selection of fine furniture is a stunning, 19th century Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted Sèvres-style porcelain side table (est. $15,000-$25,000) from the Dallas collection of R. Douglas Houser. The 60-piece collection presents a François Linke gilt bronze mounted mahogany bureau plat (est. $12,000-$18,000) and a gorgeous 62-piece St. Louis Thistle pattern glass stemware service (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Aubusson tapestries

François Linke gilt bronze mounted mahogany bureau plat, France, late 19th century, 30½ x 51 x 28in. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Heritage Auctions image

The auction’s selection of six, rare Aubusson tapestries, hand-selected to complement the furniture and decorative arts on offer. The Aubusson tapestry has a rich and storied history. Recognized for their beauty and artistry, Aubusson tapestries are featured in the collections of museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the V&A Museum in London, and of course the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie Aubusson in Aubusson, France.

Heritage is fortunate to have several superb examples in this Friday’s auction. From the Houser collection, several monumental Aubusson carpets are available, ranging from a custom-designed 20th century example to earlier pieces. From the Dr. David Mehler collection, an exquisite mid-18th century Aubusson tapestry representing a bird hunting scene will be another jewel in the auction, having been featured in a Christie’s Paris auction in 2017. Other highlights include an Aubusson upholstered bench and a Napoleon III Aubusson carpet.

Aubusson tapestries

French Louis XV-style Aubusson tapestry, mid-18th century, 107 x 95in. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Heritage Auctions image

Also on offer is a stunning pair of Meissen allegorical porcelain figures with gilt bronze and porcelain candelabra mounts, depicting Africa and America (est. $10,000-$15,000). From the Houser collection, a Steinway & Sons Model M grand piano with Louis XV-style case and stool showcases Houser’s eye for excellence (est. $7,000-$10,000).

The tapestries and carpets pair perfectly with a French François Linke gilt bronze mounted mahogany bureau plat (est. $12,000-$18,000) as well as a pair of monumental Neoclassical-style partial gilt bronze seven-light candelabra (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Also on offer is a stunning pair of Meissen allegorical porcelain figures with gilt bronze and porcelain candelabra mounts, depicting Africa and America (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Aubusson tapestries

Meissen allegorical porcelain figures with gilt bronze and porcelain candelabra mounts: Africa and America, 19th century, each 15¼ x 16 ¾ x 11in each. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Heritage Auctions image

From the Houser collection, a Steinway & Sons Model M grand piano with Louis XV-style case and stool showcases Houser’s eye for excellence (est. $7,000-$10,000).

 

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