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Berlin’s Historia Auktionshaus presents superb European furniture, art, jewelry, Aug. 23-26

Art Deco buffet, French, 1920s. Est. $4,250-$5,700


BERLIN – Headquartered in the center of culturally vibrant Berlin, Historia Auktionshaus is a company led by experts with a passion for art and a commitment to retaining tradition while at the same time utilizing the latest technological innovations. Over the four-day period from Aug. 23-26, the firm will take a giant step forward on the international stage by introducing its customers to absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

Each session during the four consecutive days of selling will focus on a different specialty. Fine jewelry, silver and silver-plated goods will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 23, with fine art, furniture and carpets slated for Thursday, Aug. 24. On Friday, Aug. 25, Historia Auktionshaus will showcase beautiful porcelain, glass, clocks and sculptures. The Saturday, Aug. 26 closing session will be devoted to Asian art and a wide variety of collectibles, from dolls to wine to musical instruments.

Owned by professional furniture conservationist Christian Gundel and businessman/art collector Vincent ten Vergert, Historia Auktionshaus employs seven top art historians to oversee their paintings, porcelain, glass, silver and vintage collectibles departments. The company places a priority on excellent customer service, both on the consignor and buyer end of each transaction. Additionally, they stress the importance of ethics and have worked with the German government in high-profile cases to ensure long-missing artworks were returned to their rightful owners. Historia Auktionshaus is a place where collectors can buy with confidence every step of the way.


Brilliant-cut diamond ring with 1.60 carat solitaire. Est. $5,850-$7,800


The Aug. 23 jewelry and silver selection consists of more than 800 lots of rings, pendants, earrings, brooches and necklaces. Fine-quality diamonds and a myriad of other precious and semi-precious gemstones are represented.


Turquoise, opal and crystal bracelet. Est. $6,380-$8,500


More than 1,000 lots of fine art, furniture and carpets will cross the auction block on Aug. 24. For those who like grand style, there’s a complete, carved solid oak dining ensemble that consists of a long oval table, 12 upholstered chairs, ornate 4-door buffet, console, and even a lavishly decorated tall-case clock.


Grand 19th-century dining room suite, complete with tall-case clock. Est. $30,000-$40,000


If European Art Deco is more to your taste, Historia Auktionshaus has a tempting suggestion: a 1920s French buffet with glass sliding doors (shown at top of page). Its chic design makes it a statement piece, and it mixes well with period Deco, Moderne or mid-century furniture.


Affortunato Gory (b. Florence, Italy; flourished 1895-1925), gilded Art Deco sculpture of an Oriental dancer on marble plinth. Est. $23,000-$30,700


Over 800 lots of porcelain, glass, clocks and sculpture are waiting in the wings for the Friday, Aug. 25 session. Leading the formidable list of highlights is an Affortunato Gory (b. Italy; active 1895-1925) sculpture of a graceful dancer in an Oriental costume. A master of his medium, Gory studied in Florence with Augusto Rivalta and in Paris with Victorien-Antoine Bastet.


Late-19th-century French clock, gilt bronze with historical figures, enameled face. Est. $6,900-$9,200


The fourth and final session, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26, features Asian treasures and vintage collectibles. A stunningly beautiful late-18th to mid-19th century Qing Dynasty (Chinese/Manchurian) shrine throne is an artistic marvel to behold. Constructed of carved and lacquered, partially gilded wood, it is profusely decorated with lotus and other floral embellishments, vegetal ornaments, and phoenix, crane and lion motifs. It is estimated at $17,700-$23,600.


Important late-18th to mid-19th century Chinese/Manchurian Qing Dynasty shrine throne. Est. $17,700-$23,600


Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available for all for sessions through LiveAuctioneers. Enquiries: 011 41 76 484 3772

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