Auctions at Showplace to offer collection of James Mont furniture, Jan. 23

James Mont Asian Mid-century Modern low cabinet in cherry ombre lacquer and gold leaf in the Chinese Modern taste, est. $2,000-$4,000

James Mont Asian Mid-century Modern low cabinet in cherry ombre lacquer and gold leaf in the Chinese Modern taste, est. $2,000-$4,000

NEW YORK – Showplace in New York continues the winter 2022 auction season with an exciting grouping of 280 lots from New York City estates on January 9. The sale includes fine art, jewelry and silver along with an impressive collection of James Mont furniture from an Upper East Side residence furnished by Mont. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights begin with an 1890 pastel on paper portrait of a woman by the famous French Impressionist artist Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, 'Portrait de Femme', est. $8,000-$10,000

Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, ‘Portrait de Femme’, est. $8,000-$10,000

Equally stunning is Joan Miro’s La Pluie Matinale au Clair de Lune (Morning Rain in Moonlight), a lithograph numbered 48 of 300. It carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

 Joan Miro, ‘La Pluie Matinale au Clair de Lune (Morning Rain in Moonlight),’ est. $2,000-$3,000


Joan Miro, ‘La Pluie Matinale au Clair de Lune (Morning Rain in Moonlight),’ est. $2,000-$3,000

Certain to strike a chord with bidders is a circa-1891 Steinway & Sons Victorian grand piano, serial number 71205, with an upholstered piano bench. Its estimate is $5,000-$10,000. 

Circa-1891 Steinway & Sons Victorian grand piano, est. $5,000-$10,000

Circa-1891 Steinway & Sons Victorian grand piano, est. $5,000-$10,000

But the January 23 sale is centered around a spectacular collection of mid-century furniture designed by James Mont. He was among the most iconic designers of his era, blending the styles of Asia with mid-century modern and Hollywood Regency design. 

The section opens with a pair of ebonized James Mont Asian Mid-century Modern D-shaped small consoles with carved ornamentation, parcel gilt decoration and with glass tops, which were designed circa 1960. Also worthy of note is a James Mont Asian Mid-Century modern low cabinet in cherry ombre lacquer and gold leaf in the Chinese modern taste, incorporating a Chinese carved giltwood figural panel. It carries an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.

James Mont Asian Mid-century Modern pair of table lamps in cherry lacquer and carved wood, est. $2,000-$3,000

James Mont Asian Mid-century Modern pair of table lamps in cherry lacquer and carved wood, est. $2,000-$3,000

The James Mont lighting choices open with a pair of table lamps in cherry lacquer and carved wood, each mounted with a Japanese carved wood figure, with the original wooden shades. Designed in circa 1960, the pair is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Just as worthy is a circa-1900 Art Nouveau ormolu and molded blue painted glass plafonnier shaped ceiling light fixture with shell shaped glass shades, originally supplied by James Mont and identified as ‘Lalique Chandelier’ on the original receipt.

Also included is a James Mont ebonized and parcel gilt molded composition table lamp in shape of an Egyptian canopic jar, designed circa 1960, and a pair of James Mont table lamps in cherry lacquer and carved wood, each mounted with a Japanese carved wood figure, with the original wooden shades, designed in circa 1960.

All auctions can be previewed at Showplace 40 West 25th Street in Manhattan 10 days prior to each sale. Showplace can be reached by telephone at 212-633-6063. 

 

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