Woodbury celebrates with holiday estates auction Dec. 9
Also included in this 500-plus-lot sale are fine and decorative arts objects from several other estates and consignors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California. “This auction has a tremendous selection of great objects in many categories,” said Thomas Schwenke, owner/auctioneer.
Principal among the jewelry highlights is a pair of sterling silver spiral-form earrings by renowned local sculptor Alexander Calder, whose workshop was in Roxbury, Conn.
“This is the third sale in which we have had the privilege to offer items by Calder. These pieces originated from a local estate right here in Woodbury. Indeed, we know of many Calder pieces which are owned by local residents who received them as gifts from the artist,” said Schwenke.
Over 80 additional lots of fine jewelry from high-end jewelry designers such as Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany, Steuben, Mauboussin, Chaumet, Elizabeth Gage and many more are included in this holiday auction. Also, bidders will have the chance to compete for a mint Louis Vuitton small coach trunk, brought in by a local consignor. Other noteworthy lots from local sellers include two original oils on canvas by noted American painter Emile Albert Gruppe, both of which are accompanied by the original 1963 and 1964 bills of sale from the artist to the consignor’s grandmother.
Of special holiday interest is an extensive sterling silver flatware service by Gorham in the Tuileries pattern. The set consists of over 175 pieces including several serving pieces, and tipping the silver scale at over 175 troy ounces. “The service was consigned from a client in Fairfield County just two days before the catalog was posted,” said Schwenke.
The estate of Georgiane Ducas includes several Henry Kohler watercolors and unique lithographs inscribed by the artist and presented to Ducas. In addition, three original naturalistic bronze statues by American sculptor Walter Matia are up for bid from the Ducas collection, as well as two equestrian bronzes by sculptors Carroll K. Bassett and Barry Foley. Additional groups of fine art from other estates and consignors are being offered, including 17 paintings consigned by a California collector including works from Baudet, Manfredi, Dureuil, Warndof and Waterman.
The estate of Julian Bach yielded many fine pieces of English 18th and 19th century furniture, including a fine George II leather upholstered wing chair, several pieces of decorated Sheraton furniture, an inlaid George III oval urn stand, and several fine tea and occasional tables. The estate also includes miniature watercolor portraits, silhouettes, toleware, crystal, fireplace grates, artwork, lighting and an Italian pietra dura plaque.
Designer handbags are also represented in this sale from designers such as Judith Leiber, Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Also featured is a large group of fur coats and designer clothing from Badgsley Mishka, Pucci and Etro.
The sale also includes a large selection of leatherbound and other fine books, including art reference works, and many estate Oriental carpets including Persian and Caucasian room and scatter-size rugs, and other regional Asian rugs of varying sizes.
Absentee and phone bidding are available for this live gallery auction, and the sale will be broadcast live through LiveAuctioneers.com. To register or arrange for absentee or phone bidding, Woodbury Auction at 203-266-0323.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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