Manolovici estate George II armchairs, Faberge donkey carving stand out at Doyle Jan. 24-25

George II walnut armchair attributed to Giles Grendey, estimated at $40,000-$60,000 at Doyle New York.

NEW YORK – Three exceptional George II-period chairs lead the line in the Thursday, January 25 Old Masters, English & Continental Furniture auction at Doyle. They are among the English furnishings from the Manhattan Upper East Side apartment of Wall Street research analyst Gerard Manolovici (1937-2020). There are 23 lots from the estate in this sale, with paintings and Asian works of art to be included in subsequent auctions.

A circa-1735 armchair attributed to the London cabinetmaker Giles Grendey (1693-1780) is considered one of the great models of the period. It has a shell-carved crest rail, arms with lion head terminals, and cabriole legs with shell-carved knees and claw-and-ball feet. Several examples from a once large and impressive set are known, including the celebrated chair from the Percival Griffiths collection, now in the Bryan collection in Illinois. Doyle’s chair is stamped I, with the Bryan chair numbered XIII. It is estimated at $40,000-$60,000.

A single George II walnut side chair after a similar muscular Grendey model is estimated at $30,000-$50,000. It is one of two chairs in the Manolovici dispersal previously in the great English furniture collection formed by Samuel Messer. Heeding the advice of the authority Robert Wemyss Symonds, both were acquired by Messer in the 1950s and sold as part of Christie’s sale of his collection in 1991.

This period of English furniture also ushers in the age of mahogany and the English rococo. Also with a Messer provenance is a mahogany armchair dating to circa 1750 with an elegant ‘French’ serpentine frame, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. The maker is unknown, but the design is among those that feature in the eight Books of Ornament published annually in London from 1741 by William de la Cour (1700-1767). Again, the chair was once part of a larger set; other examples were sold at Christie’s in both New York and London in 2006, hammering for $150,000 and £72,000 (roughly $91,200) respectively.

Thirteen lots of French faïence from the estate of Sidney R. Knafel are being sold to benefit the Detroit Institute of Arts. Knafel collected for close to 50 years, assembling the collection of tin-glazed earthenware illustrated in the 2016 reference book French Faience: The Sidney R. Knafel Collection.

Particular high points are a charming pair of 18th-century Marseille duck-form tureens and covers naturalistically modeled, colored as a male and female, and estimated at $30,000-$50,000; and a massive Nevers wine cistern decorated with mythological scenes and estimated at $10,000-$15,000. It was fitted with a pewter mask-head spigot at a later date, probably because at 22in high it was simply too heavy to pour.

The sale is preceded on Wednesday, January 24 by a Doyle auction of Fabergé & Vertu and English & Continental Silver. Of particular note is a Fabergé hardstone carving of a donkey worked in agate with diamond-set eyes. The 2in (5cm) model is a copy of another made in chalcedony in the Royal Collection, ordered by King Edward VII from Fabergé’s London shop in 1907 as part of the renowned Sandringham Commission. At the turn of the century, an Italian donkey was kept at Sandringham, the royal residence in Norfolk, and used by the young princes and princesses to draw a carriage. Offered in the original fitted wood case, the Fabergé donkey figure is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

A pair of William IV wine coolers dating to 1834, with marks for the royal goldsmith Benjamin Smith of London, has been consigned from ‘the collection of an international multi-generational family’ with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. The campana-form model on the theme of wine includes grape clusters and handles modeled as vine branches, with this pair engraved with the arms of the Ald family.

Bid Smart: Faberge compacts – good things come in small packages

A Faberge Henrik Wigstrom compact in enameled silver from the 1900s sold for €1,200, or $1,310 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of Piasa and LiveAuctioneers.
A Faberge Henrik Wigstrom compact in enameled silver from the 1900s sold for €1,200, or $1,310 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of Piasa and LiveAuctioneers.

A Faberge Henrik Wigstrom compact in enameled silver from the 1900s sold for €1,200, or $1,310 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2022. Image courtesy of Piasa and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Faberge began as a jewelry firm in 1842 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is famous for its Imperial Easter eggs. These jeweled and opulent works of art were mostly made between 1885 and 1917, with slightly more than 50 examples surviving today. While it has changed hands and now only focuses on jewelry and gemstones, the House of Faberge was also once well known for its luxury accessories, which ranged from clocks and silver trophy cups to smalls such as snuff boxes and compacts.

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Superlative artistry on display at Doyle Faberge & Vertu sale, May 23

Gilt-mounted malachite revolving dial clock, estimated at $20,000-$30,000
Gilt-mounted malachite revolving dial clock, estimated at $20,000-$30,000
Gilt-mounted malachite revolving dial clock, estimated at $20,000-$30,000

NEW YORK – Doyle will hold an auction of Faberge & Vertu on Tuesday, May 23, beginning at 10 am Eastern time. The sale will present a range of objects dating from the 17th century to the 20th century, including Faberge, vertu, silver and icons. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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From art boxes to antique science books, Roland’s Feb. 4 auction delivers

Maitre verrier covered art glass box by Kyohei Fujita, estimated at $2,500-$3,500
Maitre verrier covered art glass box by Kyohei Fujita, estimated at $2,500-$3,500
Maitre verrier covered art glass box by Kyohei Fujita, estimated at $2,500-$3,500

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – An extremely rare two-volume set of books by Thomas Martyn (1760-1816) titled The Universal Conchologist, and a Japanese maitre verrier art glass box by Kyohei Fujita will both appear in Roland Auctions‘ Multi-Estates Auction on Saturday, February 4. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Thousands of treasures pour forth from Hermann Historica, May 16-20

Circa-1580 German morion, est. €10,000-€20,000

 

Circa-1580 German morion, est. €10,000-€20,000
Circa-1580 German morion, est. €10,000-€20,000

MUNICH, Germany – From May 16 to 20, Hermann Historica auction house will offer 4,000 highly diverse objects in a multi-day live auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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V&A hosts ‘Faberge in London: Romance to Revolution’

The Alexander Palace Egg, Faberge. Chief Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom (1862-1923), gold, silver, enamel, diamonds, rubies, nephrite, rock crystal, glass, wood, velvet, bone. 1908 © The Moscow Kremlin Museums
The Alexander Palace Egg, Faberge. Chief Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom (1862-1923), gold, silver, enamel, diamonds, rubies, nephrite, rock crystal, glass, wood, velvet, bone. 1908 © The Moscow Kremlin Museums
The Alexander Palace Egg, Faberge. Chief Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom (1862-1923), gold, silver, enamel, diamonds, rubies, nephrite, rock crystal, glass, wood, velvet, bone. 1908 © The Moscow Kremlin Museums

LONDON – Faberge in London: Romance to Revolution is the first major exhibition devoted to the international prominence of the legendary Russian goldsmith, Carl Faberge, and the importance of his little-known London branch. With a focus on Faberge’s Edwardian high society clientele, the exhibition shines a light on his triumphs in Britain as well as a global fascination with the joyful opulence of his creations. The largest collection of the legendary Imperial Easter Eggs in a generation are on display together as part of the exhibition’s dramatic finale, several of which are being shown in the UK for the first time. The show is on through May 8, 2022.

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Stephenson’s Jan. 1 auction laden with fine jewelry, Faberge, silver, furniture & decorative art 

Ruby, pearl, turquoise, sapphire, opal and emerald Mogul 14K gold choker. Estimate $3,000-$5,000

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – For sixty years, family owned and operated Stephenson’s Auctioneers has earned an impeccable reputation from its sales of fresh-to-market art and antiques from the Philadelphia area’s most elegant estates. Traditionally, their most anticipated event of the year is their New Year’s Auction, which, for 2022, will take place on January 1st and feature high-quality furnishings, art and personal property from residences in the Mid-Atlantic region. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Treasures from Jack Benny, Kirk Douglas estates headline at Abell, Dec. 5

Keith Haring, ‘Untitled #3,’ est. $8,000-$12,000
Keith Haring, ‘Untitled #3,’ est. $8,000-$12,000
Keith Haring, ‘Untitled #3,’ est. $8,000-$12,000

LOS ANGELES – Abell Auction Co. is proud to present an exquisite array of fine art, antiques, 20th-century design and fine jewelry on Sunday, December 5 at 10 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s presents Tiffany lamps, fine jewelry, Amphora pottery, American art, Dec. 7-8

Rare and exotic Tiffany Studios leaded, stained-glass and cast-bronze ‘Pomegranate’ prism table lamp decorated with 43 Favrile iridescent prisms and 22 Favrile iridescent gold Favrile ball-and-bronze-chain decorations. Urn base with four cat’s-paw feet. Signed shade and base. Excellent condition. Estimate $50,000-$70,000

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s 45,000-square-foot gallery never looks more beautiful than just before the company’s December Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. That’s the time of year when visitors are greeted by a breathtaking array of Tiffany Studios lamps, fine jewelry, paintings, both European and American pottery and glass, and many other superior-quality art objects carefully curated by Morphy’s specialists.

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