Heritage Auctions serves up rare flatware service May 28

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Sixty-piece Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica pattern gilt silver and porcelain flatware service for 12. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions’ Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on May 28 includes strong ceramics collections and counts among its highlights an array of lots from five private collections: the Virginia Cook Collection, the John Robert Clark Collection, both from Dallas, Texas, the Estate of Randall J. Moskovitz, M.D., and the Sir Arthur Bryan Collection. Also featured is a fine selection of ceramics from the Collection of the Birks Museum at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

“This auction brings together some remarkable private collections, with choices for collectors of all levels,” said Karen Rigdon, Heritage Auctions silver and decorative arts director. “There is also a particularly fine selection of ceramics in the sale, including Sèvres, Meissen pâte-sur-pâte, Wedgwood Black Basalt and KPM plaques that ranges from romantic to religious, and a wide range of Royal Copenhagen’s Flora Danica including the coveted ice cream dome.”

A 60-piece Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica pattern gilt silver and porcelain flatware service for 12 (above), Copenhagen, Denmark, mid-late 20th century (estimate: $20,000-$30,000) comes from an important Miami collection and is marked “A. MICHELSEN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, STERLING,” (crown-AM), 925S. The flatware service was made to accompany Royal Copenhagen’s Flora Danica porcelain service. Now in the 230th anniversary of its introduction, it is one of the oldest patterns still in production.

The pair of rare Neoclassical gilt bronze mounted mahogany, tulipwood and fruitwood parquetry commodes, third quarter 19th century, (estimate: $20,000-$30,000) merge beautiful materials with rare craftsmanship, marked “JME, A LECLAIRE, PARIS.” The pair has a fascinating past. The 18th century mark “JME” (Jurande des Menuisiers- Ébénistes) is struck to the top of each leg. The legs were later skillfully incorporated into the making of this pair in the 19th century; presumably by Jean-Eugene Leclaire (granted Master prior to 1855), whose mark is struck to the underside.

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Pair of LeClaire Neoclassical gilt bronze mounted mahogany, tulipwood and fruitwood parquetry commodes. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Heritage Auctions image

A John Henry Belter Fountain Elms pattern carved and laminated rosewood sofa and side chair, New York, circa 1860 (estimate: $15,000-$20,000) is the most famous pattern by Belter, the popular German-born American furniture maker and designer. Belter, who reached the height of his popularity in the 1850s, was revered for his signature technique of processing laminated rosewood in many layers to achieve thin panels that, once shaped in molds through steam heating, were finely carved.

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John Henry Belter Fountain Elms pattern carved and laminated rosewood sofa and side chair. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Heritage Auctions image

A rare early Victorian chinoiserie ironstone fireplace surround, circa 1830-1850 (estimate: $15,000-$25,000) includes an apple green ground to body with a serpentine mantel with partial gilt floral garland encased between solid gilt banding. Positioned below the mantel are a pair of polychromed foo lion heads, and the upper hearth apron includes two inset painted medallions flanking an oversized scroll with painted avian, floral and court motifs, geometric legs inset with a variety of medallions and lozenges with conforming hand-painted floral decoration.

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Early Victorian chinoiserie ironstone fireplace surround, England, circa 1830-1850, marked: ‘China Chimney Piece., Mason & Co Patentees Staffordshire Potteries,’ 49 x 62 5/8 x 11¼in. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Heritage Auctions image

An important pair of Baccarat cut crystal and gilt bronze five-light candelabrum, France, late 19th century (estimate: $15,000-$20,000) is stunning in both design and size. Standing 23¼  inches high, each features Baccarat marks to crystal drip pans.

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Pair of Baccarat cut glass and gilt bronze five-light candelabra, France, late 19th Pair of Baccarat cut glass and gilt bronze five-light candelabra, France, late 19th century. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Heritage Auctions image century. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Heritage Auctions image

Other highlights include:

– A pair of French Louis XV-style marble and gilt bronze mounted commodes (estimate: $12,000-$18,000).
– A four-part French Louis XV-style gilt bronze bed after the model by François Linke (estimate: $12,000-$18,000).
– A Ferdinand Barbedienne and Achille Collas Louis XV-style figural three graces gilt bronze clock on a giltwood pedestal, mid-late 19th century (estimate: $10,000-$15,000).
– A French Louis XV-style three-piece gilt bronze and cut crystal clock garniture (estimate: $10,000-$15,000).
– Audrey Flack Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters, 1988 (estimate: $15,000-$20,000).

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