Socialite’s estate items stand out in Heritage Auctions sale Dec. 7-9

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A Six-Piece Reed & Barton Francis I Pattern Silver Tea & Coffee Service with a Wallace Four Pattern Silver-Plated Ladle, Taunton, Massachusetts, designed 1907, manufactured 1951; Wallingford, Connecticut, 20th century

DALLAS – Selections from the Holiday Table, the Holiday Gift and the Estate of Colletta Ray McMillian are among the lots expected to generate the highest demand in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Auction Dec. 7-9. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

 “We are happy to offer three collections within this auction, including the Estate of Colletta Ray McMillian, as well as items from The Holiday Table and The Holiday Gift,” said Karen Rigdon, Heritage Auctions’ silver and decorative art director. “In addition, this auction includes a strong array of modern and contemporary art, which gives this sale a wide range that will appeal to collectors of all levels and with varied areas of collecting interest.”

A native of Houston, Colletta Ray McMillian was known for her devotion to assorted charities, working on numerous boards, including the Baylor College of Medicine. Her lavish but conservative homes, created together with decorators Michael Baker and Herbert Wells, served as the centerpiece for her entertaining.

Among the exquisite lots from her collection is a six-piece Reed & Barton Francis I pattern silver tea and coffee service (estimate: $8,000-12,000). Designed over a century ago and manufactured in 1951, the set includes a teapot, coffee pot, covered sugar server, a creamer with gilt washed interior, a waste bowl, tray and ladle—all in silver.

Also from the collection is a large French 13-panel chinoiserie grisaille wallpaper room screen, 19th century (estimate: $5,000-$7,000) mounted later to canvas. The panels stand 95½ inches high and measure 243 inches wide.

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Large French 13-panel room screen. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Heritage Auctions image

From the Holiday Gift segment of the auction, a Tiffany & Co. 14K gold cigarette case, New York, 20th century (est. $5,000-$7,000) weighs 4.92 troy ounces. The case, which is marked “TIFFANY & CO, 14K,” once belonged to iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Robert Mapplethorpe’s Tiffany & Co. 14K gold cigarette case. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Heritage Auctions image

A spinach jade, 14K varicolor gold, diamond, guilloché enamel and cabochon-mounted egg on stand with bouquet surprise in the manner of Fabergé, late 20th century (est. $5,000-$7,000) stands 9 1/8 inches high and weighs 30.4 ounces. The egg on the stand hinges open to an integral bouquet surprise, and is housed in a fitted box.

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Spinach jade 14K vari-color gold, diamond, guilloché enamel and cabochon-mounted egg on stand. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Heritage Auctions image

A 1981 Salvador Dalí Peace Menorah is a silvered bronze (est. $3,000-$5,000) from an edition of 250 that stands 20 inches high. It is inscribed to the reverse “Salvador Dali, H.C.” and is incised to the base “Jerusalem Stone.”

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Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989), ‘Peace Menorah (Silver),’ circa 1981. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Heritage Auctions image

The Holiday Table segment features 14 Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica pattern porcelain table articles, Copenhagen, Denmark, 20th century (est.$8,000-$12,000). The set includes a dinner plate, two dinner plates with pierced rims, two luncheon plates, a salad plate, two flat demitasse cups with saucers, two oval-handled pickle dishes, a triangular cake plate, a square salad serving dish, a small round wine cooler/cache pot and one large sugar bowl with a lid.

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Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica pattern porcelain tableware, 14 pieces. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Heritage Auctions image

A 42-piece Saint Louis Thistle pattern partial gilt glass stemware service for eight, Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France, designed 1913 (est. $7,000-$9,000) and marked “Crystal, St Louis, France.” A decanter is the tallest item in the set, standing 15¼ inches high. The set also includes a pitcher, eight water goblets, eight continental goblets, eight burgundy wine glasses, eight hock wine glasses and eight champagne coupes.

Other top lots include:

– An English school portrait of a gentleman in Turkish dress, traditionally thought to be Edward Wortley Montagu (estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

– A Veryl Goodnight (American, b. 1947), ‘Cares For Her Brothers,’ bronze, 1985 (estimate: $8,000-$12,000).

– A Chinese carved white jade goose plaque, Yuan-Ming Dynasty, 1279-1644 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

– A Gustavo Montoya, Dos Ninos Mexicanos, 24-by-20-inch oil on canvas painting, 1967 (estimate: $6,000-$8,000).

– A Portuguese Baroque-style carved walnut cabinet on stand, 19th century (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).