Fine furniture from Phila. estate leads lineup at Kamelot, Feb. 20
PHILADELPHIA – Exceptional consignments are ready to be showcased at Kamelot Auctions’ first major sale of 2010, featuring more than 650 lots. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Philadelphia auction house will present an important offering of furniture that includes Mid-century Modern, Art Deco, Jansen, French and English designs.
Bidders may choose from upholstered settees, chairs, beds, armchairs and dining sets, and much more. Complementing the furniture will be selections of French porcelain, bronze, sterling silver flatware and hollowware, and vintage glassware, mostly originating from a single estate in the upscale Main Line Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd. Framed oil paintings and prints will round out the sale along with some great collectibles, and several groupings of classic and modern lighting.
The family of Phillip Lloyd Powell has consigned several original pieces by the famed Pennsylvania designer and craftsman who died in 2008. Among the Powel furnishings to be auctioned are a tall stylized table lamp, two small tables and a round, marble-topped dining table. Additionally, Kamelot will offer two other Powell lots: a cheese board and a pair of salt and pepper shakers.
Powell, who studied under George Nakashima and mentored Paul Evans, is well known for his elegant, sculptural woodwork, but he was not prolific in his output. The total number of pieces he produced over a 50-year period is said to be under a thousand, significantly less than his contemporaries. Kamelot Auctions’ owner, Jeff Kamal, remarked, “I know our customers will appreciate the opportunity this presents, and I am really pleased to be bringing a few of this great local artisan’s designs into the marketplace for the first time.”
Other 20th-century highlights include elegant Art Deco furniture attributed to the ambitious Flemish design and manufacturing company De Coene Freres. An ebonized card table with four slides fitted with drink holders, trimmed in bronze and having a top with rounded corners stepped slightly inside its apron, displays the distinctly European styling that characterizes so much of the Kuntswerkestede aesthetic of 1930.
There is also a decorative console attributed to De Coene Freres, fitted as a dressing table, with hinged top and two drawers over a base with mirrored back panel and graceful, scrolling front legs. These lots, as well as a very attractive set of four armchairs by De Coene are entered in the sale with individual estimates of $1,000 to $3,000 each.
The Bala Cynwyd estate is predominantly of a tradition taste and is laden with French and English furniture, but it also includes superb collectibles such as vintage Steiff animals with original tags. The estate also includes numerous decorative cocktail table accessories and vintage barware, antique Chinese porcelain, candlesticks, crystal and silver.
For additional information on any item in the sale, call Kamelot Auctions at 215-438-6990. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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