WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Fans of MacKenzie-Childs – the manufacturer of ceramics and retailer of hand-painted imported furniture and home decor, founded in 1983 by Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs – will have an opportunity to add to their collections in an auction slated for Wednesday, November 16, at Auction Life, starting promptly at 2 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The 513-lot sale is loaded with art glass, crystal, fine art, handbags, jewelry, porcelain and sculptures, but also features an entire estate of material from perhaps the biggest MacKenzie-Childs fan ever. That person procured all of the Courtly Check checkerboard, polka dots, stripes, and faux marbling patterned pieces that were available at the time.
Artist Anna Davis, a fellow MacKenzie-Childs devotee, was commissioned to transform the collector’s home to express their affinity for the Courtly Check and other patterns that M-C was famous for. “This is a rare opportunity to acquire retired MacKenzie-Childs pieces and one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by MacKenzie-Childs that are very hard to find,” said Tarek Eljabaly, the manager of Auction Life and an auctioneer.
One item expected to do particularly well is the MacKenzie-Childs Poppy Keepsake coffee table, from the 2014 Poppy collection, estimated at $3,000-$6,000. The piece is hand-decorated with a plethora of patterns and the table top has rectangular glass to center with faux marble trim around the top, red and black trim sides which transition into Courtly Check corners leading to legs that feature alternating patterns reflecting the M.C. aesthetic.
A MacKenzie-Childs lidded bin with a Greenhouse rose pattern, rendered in resin wicker woven into an iron frame, boasts beautifully colored sections and is estimated at $500-$1,500. The indoor-outdoor container features rose bud and leaf decorations mounted to the front and back above a brass M-C tag and the finial-handle.
A cute MacKenzie-Childs porcelain bunny rabbit table base featuring five white rabbits surrounding a central pedestal and base, decorated in a combination of patterns (Courtly Check checkers, Taylor flowers, stripes and lines, and Rose Cottage criss-cross lines, roses and stripes), with M-C hallmarks and impressions, carries an estimate of $1,000-$3,000.
A pair of MacKenzie-Childs Greenhouse wicker chairs, hand-woven in a colorful outdoor Polyurethane wicker material and designed to withstand harsh outdoor elements, has an estimate of $1,500-$3,000. The chairs have the Greenhouse rose pattern resin wicker woven into an iron frame.
Two MacKenzie-Childs style floral benches made by Anna Davis (American and Armenian, b. 1948-), will be offered as separate lots, each estimated at $300-$600. The funky benches complement, and were commissioned to accompany, the M-C Poppy Keepsake table, which also appears in the auction. The benches combine faux marbling, Courtly Check-style checkers and floral designs decorating both the seat planks and backrest chevron cutouts.
Other items in the auction will include a Chinese blanc de chine, or white glazed porcelain, statue of Quan Yin (the goddess of compassion, also known as Guanyin or Kuan Yin). She is shown sitting atop a lotus blossom among thorny stems, water waves and seashells. The cartouche with calligraphy hallmark of the 16in-tall statue reads “Dehua” and “He Chaozong.” Its estimate is $1,000-$10,000.
Also on offer is a bronze sculpture on a black marble plinth by Isaac Kahn (Lithuanian, b. 1950-), titled Maternity. It depicts a nude woman and child, is signed “I. Kahn,” numbered (“3/4”) and designated “A.P” (for artist proof), and bears an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.
Another bronze sculpture on a black marble plinth by Isaac Kahn, titled Eurythmics, also depicting a female nude figure, has an identical estimate to that of Maternity.
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