Diamond opened A Room with a Vieux Antiques in the 1980s, making bi-monthly buying trips to France to seek out 18th- and 19th-century French furnishings and decorative works of art for his clients throughout the United States.
“I have never stopped feeding my addiction for the very best in French decorative objects and furniture,” said Diamond. “Interestingly, my French dealer friends who have visited me in Boston over the years have marveled at the collection that was assembled.”
Despite closing their two retail locations, Diamond will continue to operate Restorers without Borders, a furniture restoration business located in Brookline that specializes in the repair and restoration of all styles of new, vintage and antique furniture.
Diamond’s 30 years of passionate collecting has resulted in an impressive collection of French furnishings in the taste of all French styles: Henry II, Napoleon III, Empire, Louis XV, Louis XVI, and French provincial. The inventory boasts over 30 armoires, 20 marble top commodes, 40 cabinets, 70 tables, 30 carved giltwood mirrors, 50 chandeliers and sconces, 50 beds, and a selection of seating including settees, canapés, bergeres and fauteuils. A large assortment of decorative works of art includes ormolu-mounted marble cassolettes, desk accessories, floor lamps and lamp bases, fireplace accessories, cast-iron hall trees, garden sculptures and porcelain-inset stoves.
Highlights include an impressive French Louis XVI-style finely carved walnut dome-top armoire with a mirrored center door, bronze candelabra and side cabinets. The massive 114 by 82-inch armoire is estimated at $10,000-$20,000 and features a figural and putti carved motif with bird and flame finials and painted cartouche. Included, as well, is an 84-inch-tall Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry inlaid and ormolu-mounted 2-part vitrine-top cabinet, estimated at $5,000-$10,000; and a Louis XVI-style fruitwood marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted marble-top cylinder desk estimated at $2,000-$4,000. One of the finer cabinets in the auction is a Napoleon III-style marquetry-inlaid and ormolu-mounted meuble d’appui, estimated at $5,000-$10,000 and measuring 45 x 39 x 17 inches.
A selection of more than 40 period Art Deco offerings is highlighted by a burled walnut dining room set, $3,000-$6,000, comprised of an impressive sideboard, table with leaves, and six dining chairs. A Pierre Cardin Art Deco burled walnut demilune desk, estimated at $8,000 to $10,000, has two pedestals with three drawers each and a leather inset writing area; while a 3-piece, circa-1930 Art Deco figural bronze and rouge marble clock garniture is estimated at $800-$1,200.
Highlights among the decorative works of art include a Barbedienne bronze and rouge marble clock garniture featuring a reduced version of Psyche by Eugene Aizelin mounted on a rouge marble clock base with figural bronze reliefs, accompanied by a pair of two-handled chalices on rouge marble bases. The three-piece set is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Ceramic offerings include a selection of majolica and faience items, as well as two large, glazed-earthenware urns. A collection of prints by Louis Icart and two oils on canvas, one after 18th-century French artist Francois Boucher, appear late in the sale.
For enthusiasts of unusual objects, a very large and fanciful iron birdcage on stand, over 8 feet tall, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. A winged figural lamp used as a prop in a 20th-century French opera is estimated $200-$300, and a midcentury Italian chrome and plastic mushroom-shape lamp, $400-$600, was used in the recent film American Hustle.
The auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. All items will be offered without reserve. Everything must go. For more information on any item in the sale, call 781-461-9500.
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