Skinner to present property from Astors’ Beechwood, Oct. 1
One such collection up for bid is that of Carita and Stuart Kadison, who began collecting Wedgwood in the late 1950s. Their early area of focus was Wedgwood and Bentley and the other fine wares of the 18th century. As time went by they also included Wedgwood majolica and amassed one of the finest collections of Wedgwood majolica in the country. Much of the collection is illustrated in Robin Reilly’s two-volume Wedgwood dictionary. The collection includes more than 230 lots and is highlighted by a pair of Wedgwood solid blue jasper tea urns from the late 18th century. The pair is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.
From the Astors’ Beechwood mansion in Newport, R.I., comes nearly 100 lots of material from one of the most famous names in American social history. Originally owned by Mr. and Mrs. William B. Astor, the historically rich items offered in the sale reflect the level of detail and decoration Mrs. Astor looked for in decorating her “cottage.” One highlight of the collection is William Parsons Winchester Dana’s The U.S. Frigate Constitution Chased by an English Squadron, July 1812, purchased on the couple’s honeymoon trip. The painting is estimated at $20,000 to $40,000.
Fine Silver offerings, which represent just less than half the total offerings of the sale, include the extensive Sataloff Collection of Chinese export silver. Of note within this varied collection is a large gold-washed Chinese silver model of a scene at a gate. The work is estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Fine silver offerings from various consignors are highlighted by an impressive pair of Tiffany & Co. Renaissance Revival boat-shaped sterling fruit compotes estimated at $7,000-$9,000. The sale is also ripe with fine examples of furniture and decorative arts. Featured examples include a fine pair of early George III carved mahogany library armchairs, circa 1765, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, and a set of 10 Mintons pate-sur-pate decorated plates estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30, from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 1, from noon to 5:30 p.m. For details visit www.skinnerinc.com or call 508-970-3000.
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