Aubusson tapestry and furniture showcasing lapis lazuli tantalize bidders at Freeman’s Hindman Feb. 8

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CHICAGO — More than 400 lots of fine European and Continental furniture and decorative arts dating from the 17th to 20th centuries will be offered at Freeman’s Hindman on Thursday, February 8. The sale also includes ceramics, sculpture, lighting, clocks, glass, tapestries, and Chinese Export material. The catalog is now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Leading the sale’s estimates at $30,000-$50,000 is a set of four Louis XVI giltwood fauteuils, or open-sided armchairs. Created by Jean-Baptiste Claude Sené circa 1780, each chair is stamped G. SENÉ on the rear seat rail, and all are fitted with gilt-tooled leather upholstery. Sené was a master furniture-maker during the reign of Louis XVI who created items for the Palaces of Versailles, Fontainebleau, and Saint-Cloud. His works are highly prized today. This set previously sold at Christie’s London in 1995.

Three matching lots of 20th-century Empire-style furnishings featuring lapis lazuli are also prime contenders at Hindman, each carrying an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. A pair of gilt bronze pedestals, a gilt bronze center table and a round table almost demand they go home with the same buyer.

Previously sold at Sotheby’s New York in May of 1986, this ‘possibly’ 17th-century Northern Italian gilt bronze figure of Fortitude stands 8.5in in height and has been in a local Chicago collection. It is reasonably estimated at $600-$800.

Aubusson tapestries hail from the upper valley of the Creuse in central France, and can be traced back to the 14th century. It was in the 18th century when Aubusson textiles really came into their own, which also happens to be the time that this 9ft roughly square tapestry was created. Fresh from a Little Rock, Arkansas collection, the Aubusson has an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
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Set of four Louis XVI giltwood fauteuils, estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Hindman.
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Pair of Empire-style gilt bronze mounted lapis lazuli pedestals, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Hindman.
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Empire-style gilt bronze mounted lapis lazuli center table, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Hindman.
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Empire-style gilt bronze and lapis lazuli round center table, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Hindman.
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North Italian gilt bronze figure of Fortitude, estimated at $600-$800 at Hindman.
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Aubusson wool tapestry, estimated at $15,000-$25,000 at Hindman.
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Full range of ancient art, antiquities and militaria presented at Apollo Sept. 24

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LONDON – Collectors of antiquities, ancient art and material culture know the Apollo Art Auctions name stands for quality and authenticity. The firm’s next event, an Ancient Art, Antiquities and Militaria Auction scheduled for Sunday, September 24, features a wealth of works spanning most of recorded history. Bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A top prize is the is 2ft 4in Roman marble figure of Cupid (Eros) holding a large bunch of harvested grapes. Finely carved in the round circa 200 A.D., it showcases the artist’s great skill at translating human anatomy to stone. With a provenance to several British and Continental galleries and collections, the estimate is £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735).

The aesthetics of the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.) are captured with exceptional elegance and vitality in a 17in terracotta rider on a horse. With a thermoluminescence report confirming its age, it is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($4,995-$7,490).

The Gandharan school, which produced the first sculptural representations of the Buddha in human form, is hailed for its artists’ realistic and natural depiction of features “in perfection.” The Kushan period, circa 200-300 A.D., is regarded as its apex. From that timeframe comes two schist carvings: a standing Buddha figure with a halo similar to another in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a relief triad portraying Buddha Shakyamuni attended by the bodhisattvas Brahma and Indra. They are estimated at £12,000-£20,000 ($14,980-$24,975) and £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735), respectively.

Form and function unite sympathetically in a 12in red-figure amphora made in the 4th century B.C. in Apulia, Magna Graecia. Its decorative program includes images of a young lady of fashion leaning on a pedestal fountain, and a nude, winged Eros holding a phiale and tambourine. The vessel’s line of provenance indicates prior ownership by two ancient art galleries and the estate collection of Tony Gilyard in New York in addition to inclusion in a 2020 sale at Skinner. The estimate is £6,000-£9,000 ($7,490-$11,340).

Armaments of ancient warriors and battles, including many swords, helmets, daggers and spearheads, await collectors in this auction. A circa-1st century B.C. to 1st-century A.D. Roman bronze Montefortino helmet is one depicted in numerous reference books and in the catalog for Christie’s 2002 sale of the legendary Axel Guttmann Collection of Ancient Arms and Armour. It is estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735).

A mighty Viking forged iron sword with a broad blade used to pierce armor or deliver devastating blows in battle has a European provenance that includes the F Haushau collection formed in Germany in the 1970s-80s. Its assigned estimate is £2,500-£3,000 ($3,120-$3,745).

A popular category in every Apollo Art Auctions sale is ancient jewelry. Bursting with history and exquisitely crafted, many pieces are also wearable.

A circa-500-400 B.C. gold ring with a lozenge-shape bezel engraved with a detailed image of a bull is estimated at £6,000-£12,000 ($7,490-$14,980) while a 1st century B.C. Romano-Egyptian hollow-form gold bracelet designed with a Hercules knot and set with a garnet cabochon is estimated £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490).

Specialist Dr Ivan Bonchev said: “Egypto-Roman gold jewelry serves as a testament to the cultural exchange and artistic fusion that occurred during the historical period when Egypt was under Roman rule. Combining Egyptian and Roman elements, unique pieces such as this bracelet encapsulate the artistic sensibilities and symbolic motifs of both civilizations.”

Dolphins were sacred animals to the ancient Greeks, who associated the marine mammals with the sun god Apollo. One of the earliest jewelry designs in the sale pays homage to the playful cetaceans: a pair of circa-4th century B.C. Greek Hellenistic gold filigree and lapis lazuli earrings that have a £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) estimate.
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Large Roman marble figure of Cupid holding grapes, circa 200 A.D., estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Apulian red-figure decorated amphora from Magna Graecia, dating to the 4th century B.C. and estimated at £6,000-£9,000 ($7,490-$11,340) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa-1st century B.C. Romano-Egyptian hollow-form gold ‘Hercules Knot’ bracelet set with a garnet cabochon, estimated at £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa 500-400 B.C. gold ring with an image of a bull, estimated at £6,000-£12,000 ($7,490-$14,980) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Greek Hellenistic gold filigree and lapis lazuli dolphin earrings, circa 4th century B.C., estimated at £3,000-£6,000 ($3,745-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Circa-1st century B.C.-1st century A.D. Roman bronze Montefortino helmet, estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Viking forged iron sword, circa 900-1000 A.D., estimated at £2,500-£3,000 ($3,120-$3,745) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Kushan period Gandharan schist standing Buddha figure with halo, circa 200-300 A.D., estimated at £12,000-£20,000 ($14,980-$24,975) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Tang dynasty terracotta rider on a horse, circa 618-907 A.D., estimated at £4,000-£6,000 ($4,995-$7,490) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Kushan period Gandharan schist relief triad portraying Buddha Shakyamuni, circa 200-300 A.D., estimated at £10,000-£15,000 ($12,490-$18,735) at Apollo Art Auctions.
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Santa Barbara socialite’s jewelry earned white-glove status at John Moran sale

David Webb 18K gold rock crystal and lapis lazuli bracelet, $28,125
David Webb 18K gold rock crystal and lapis lazuli bracelet, $28,125
David Webb 18K gold rock crystal and lapis lazuli bracelet, $28,125

LOS ANGELES — On March 29, jewelry collectors, dealers and enthusiasts participated in the Jewelry from the Estate of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree auction presented by John Moran Auctioneers. Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree was one of Santa Barbara’s most well-known philanthropists and a pillar of the community. The auction achieved one-and-a-half times the median estimate and earned white-glove status. The 85 lots offered included necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches and rings featuring gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, pearls, emeralds and, of course, diamonds.

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Nye & Co. makes holiday shopping a pleasure, Dec. 7-8

Marquis platinum and 6.1-carat diamond engagement ring with removeable gold cocktail jacket in a ribbed basket weave pattern, estimated at $50,000-$70,000
Marquis platinum and 6.1-carat diamond engagement ring with removable gold cocktail jacket in a ribbed basket weave pattern, estimated at $50,000-$70,000

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers will wrap up 2022 with a two-day auction featuring jewelry for holiday gift-giving. It will take place on Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8, with both sessions starting at 10 am Eastern time. The live-online Holiday Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction includes jewelry from three tri-state area consignors and other items imbued with holiday charm. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jewels of the Nile shine at Worcester Art Museum

Brooch featuring an ancient scarab in a modern winged mount, scarab is ancient Egyptian, (scarab) New Kingdom, about 1539–1077 B.C.; (gold mount) early 1900s, glazed steatite and gold (modern), Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs Collection, Worcester Art Museum, 1926.86
Brooch featuring an ancient scarab in a modern winged mount, scarab is ancient Egyptian, (scarab) New Kingdom, about 1539–1077 B.C.; (gold mount) early 1900s, glazed steatite and gold (modern), Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs Collection, Worcester Art Museum, 1926.86
Brooch featuring an ancient scarab in a modern winged mount, scarab is ancient Egyptian, (scarab) New Kingdom, about 1539–1077 B.C.; (gold mount) early 1900s, glazed steatite and gold (modern), Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs Collection, Worcester Art Museum, 1926.86

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) presents Jewels of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Treasures from the Worcester Art Museum now until January 29, 2023. It brings to light the exceptional collection of Egyptian jewelry assembled by Kingsmill Marrs and Laura Norcross Marrs and given to WAM by Mrs. Marrs in 1926.

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Designer Jewelry & Watches sale serves glamour 237 ways, May 10

Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold 20-motif Alhambra necklace in lapiz lazuli, est. $57,200-$62,400
Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold 20-motif Alhambra necklace in lapiz lazuli, est. $57,200-$62,400
Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold 20-motif Alhambra necklace in lapiz lazuli, est. $57,200-$62,400

NEW YORK – An 18K gold Van Cleef & Arpels 20-motif Alhambra necklace in lapiz lazuli, a Tiffany & Co. platinum, diamond and sapphire flower basket brooch, and a Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold and diamond Ludo Swann wristwatch will battle for top lot status at Jasper52’s Designer Jewelry & Watches auction, which will take place Tuesday, May 10, starting at 11 am Eastern time.

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Hermann Historica rounds up ancient animal-theme art for May 26 auction

Large glazed Tang dynasty horse figure, estimated at €24,000-€48,000
Large glazed Tang dynasty horse figure, estimated at €24,000-€48,000
Large glazed Tang dynasty horse figure, estimated at €24,000-€48,000

MUNICH – A wide-ranging lineup of extraordinary objects from all specialist areas represented by Hermann Historica will come under the hammer in its spring 2021 auctions. The first sale in the series is its 535-lot Works of Art, Antiquities auction, which takes place May 26. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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