DALLAS – Two important Dallas estates, plus other fine consignments in a wide variety of categories, will come up for bid in a two-day, online and absentee-only auction planned for the weekend of September 11 and 12 by J. Garrett Auctioneers, based in Dallas. Start times both days will be 10 am Central time. Nearly 1,000 quality lots will be offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Headlining the auction is the collection of oil magnate Jimmy Musselman. “Mr. Musselman has a knack for finding oil, and he found accidental celebrity when he starred in the movie Big Men, produced by Brad Pitt,” said Julie Garrett VanDolen, an officer with J. Garrett Auctioneers. “We are honored and privileged to be selling the contents of his Dallas mansion home in the auction.”
The other major estate is that of Onesia Rigney (1940-2020), the renowned interior designer whose husband, the late Frank Rigney, founded Anderson’s Furniture in Dallas in the 1960s. “Ms. Rigney was known for her timeless interiors and for maintaining a portfolio of classical traditional design,” VanDolen said. “We are pleased to offer the contents of her Dallas home.”
Onesia Rigney graduated from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in Interior Design. She was hired as a trainee designer by Anderson’s Studio and was elevated to developing residential and commercial clients. In 1976 she married Frank Rigney and carried on his family business. Ms. Rigney was a member of the American Association of Interior Designers (ASID).
The auction will feature important 19th-century oil paintings; a large collection of rose famille porcelain; Reed and Barton Francis I and other fine silver; two pristine Lalique Bacchantes bowls; a Steinway piano, a pair of cloisonne pagodas; designer jewelry by names such as Cartier, Gurhan, Kurt Wayne and Tiffany; plus wonderful decorative items.
Session 1 highlights will feature an oil-on-panel marine painting by Edward Potthast titled Blue Boats (circa 1920s), estimated at $100-$25,000; and a large, early-to-mid-20th-century Italian oil-on-canvas landscape, signed lower right Belle Firenze (Beautiful Florence), bearing the same estimate.
French furniture will be offered in abundance, and will include these star lots:
An exceptional roll-top desk by Henry Dasson, stamped “Henry Dasson 1889” and estimated at $100-$50,000.
A pair of 19th-century carved walnut bergeres (armchairs having an unusually low and deep seat, with cane woven back and sides), boasting custom designer upholstery, estimated at $100-$25,000.
An early 20th-century parcel gilt settee, with custom chinoiserie motif upholstery and bolsters, estimated at $100-$25,000.
Decorative arts offerings lead with a 19th-century Italian marble statue of a young fisherman, signed on the base “Sol Corelli, Firenze” (Florence), estimated at $100-$50,000. Also sold will be a 19th-century French bronze and marble jardiniere centerpiece featuring cherubs and horses with a fish form base, estimated at $100-$25,000.
On to day two of the auction, in which jewelry will be spotlighted. Among the head-turning lots is an Elizabeth Gage necklace with baroque South Sea pearls set in heavy molten 18K gold shell caps to each end, estimated at $70,000-$120,000; and a pair of diamond solitaire stud earrings, about three carats each, set in platinum with screw backs, estimated at $30,000-$50,000.
Glamorous home fixtures on offer include a monumental, 7-ft-by-5-ft chandelier made from rock crystal and cut crystal prisms, estimated at $100-$25,000. From France comes a custom-made and stenciled Louis Vuitton trunk, with the original label affixed and all hardware present, plus the original interior tray and one key, estimated at $20,000-$35,000.
Asian lots on September 12 will feature a Chinese cloisonne brazier in pagoda form resting on a tripodal imperial Nara deer base, on a 20th-century pedestal, the whole estimated at $100-$25,000; and a monumental early 20th-century Chinese lacquer floor screen depicting a large town scene flanked by dragons and town scenes, estimated at $100-$50,000.
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