BOSTON – Skinner Inc. will conduct an auction of European furniture and decorative arts on July 14 in its Boston gallery. The sale features a broad array of Continental and British ceramics, silver, glass, statuary, clocks, paintings and prints, lighting, rugs, textiles, and antique furniture. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding at the auction of more than 800 lots. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. EDT.
Wedgwood will be represented by more than 250 lots. A large selection of jasperware is highlighted by a three-color jasper dip diceware jardinière (lot 132A, estimated between $1,500 and $2,500). Smaller examples of jasperware are available in black, dark blue, yellow and crimson. A pair of gilded and bronzed Victoriaware vases with covers from the late 19th century (lot 206, $8,000 to $10,000) will also be offered.
Lusterware is the most prolific of the Wedgwood types. The July auction will feature more than 20 examples of important Fairyland Luster including an antique center bowl with hand-painted and printed Woodland Elves designs on both the interior and exterior (lot 256, $5,000 to $7,000); and a covered vase decorated with the jeweled tree pattern with a cat and mouse and copper trees (lot 272, $5,000 to $7,000).
Also available is a wide selection of other Wedgwood items, including black basalt, encaustic-decorated wares, dry body wares, moonlight luster, Emile Lessore-decorated wares, and pieces finished with experimental glazes.
Victorian majolica is well represented with nearly 100 lots of fine and unusual pieces produced by Minton, George Jones and other manufacturers. Highlights include a Minton heron and fish ewer, dated 1866 (lot 306, $5,000 to $7,000) and a Victor Barbizet Palissy barbotine wall plaque (lot 372, $2,000 to $4,000) with fish, various amphibians, and insects on a mottled blue ground. Vases, tureens, garden seats, figures and centerpieces represent only a few of the forms included in the sale.
Rounding out the selection of primarily British ceramics are two Clarice Cliff collections with a variety of hand-painted wares including tea sets, vases and tablewares. An eight-piece Fantasque Bizarre ware partial tea set decorated in the Gibraltar pattern (lot 406, $800 to $1,200), and a Bizarre ware lotus vase in the Forest Glen pattern (lot 425, $600 to $800) are representative of these two fine collections. An assortment of 18th century Dr. Wall period Worcester porcelains will also be offered.
Notable sculptures include an Italian Carrara marble sculpture depicting an amorous couple (lot 689, $10,000 to $15,000), and another Italian Carrara marble sculpture of a child reaching for his mother’s locket (lot 652, $18,000 to $22,000).
The well-rounded selection of English and Continental antique furniture features a group of French Gothic Revival pieces, including a fine carved walnut choir stall chair (lot 537, $1,000 to $1,500), and a court cupboard with tracery work (lot 643, $2,000 to $4,000). Another lot of note is a Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze and Sevres-style porcelain-mounted guéridon depicting Louis XVI surrounded by oval plaques painted with the portraits of prominent court ladies (lot 462A, $8,000 to $12,000).
Decorative arts highlights include an English enamel snuff box with a portrait of George Washington (lot 803, $800 to $1,200), a large Russian church icon depicting the Dormition of the Virgin measuring over 45 inches tall (lot 484, $4,000 to $6,000), and two 19th century Meissen porcelain ewers emblematic of fire and water (lot 715, $10,000 to $15,000).
In addition, there are 25 lots of mostly high glaze Gouda pottery vases, chargers, and jars from a variety of manufacturers, including Arnhem Lindus, Zuid Holland, Holland Utrecht, and Rozenburg den Haag on offer.
For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com.
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