BELLE EPOQUE: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY DECORATIVE ARTS


Auction

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10am

CONSIGNMENTS ARE CURRENTLY
BEING ACCEPTED

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Including Property From

Estate of a Titled Lady
Estate of Ann Thayer
Estate of Charlotte London
Estate of Delores D. Di Paola
Estate of Dina Dellale
Estate of Dorothea Austin
Estate of Eleanor Kingsbury
Estate of Ernest Shapiro
Estate of Helen K. Ouerbacker
Estate of Helen S. Cooper and Herman E. Cooper
Estate of Jacqueline Arango
Estate of Margaret Ferree
Estate of Michael Melnitzky
Estate of Mildred Robbins Leet
Estate of Mrs. Avery Fisher
Estate of Sonny Turner
Estate of Sydney L. Shaper
Estate of Sylvia Sleigh and Lawrence Alloway
Estate of Varue W. Oishei
Property from a New York City Collection
Property from an Upper East Side, New York Estate
Property of a Collector, formerly from his Paris apartment
Property of a Lady
Property of a New York Estate
Property of a New York Lady


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Important Tiffany Settee Achieves $422,500 at Doyle New York's Belle Epoque Auction on February 8, 2012

Sale Totals $1,775,439, Surpassing the Pre-Sale Estimate of $964,100-1,456,900

A Showcase of Opulent Furniture, Decorations and Paintings of the Fin de Siecle

We Invite You for a Complimentary Auction Evaluation of Your Collection


Doyle New York's Belle Epoque auction on February 8, 2012 showcased fine and decorative arts reflecting the opulence of the Belle Epoque. Elegant furniture and decorations of the Louis XV and XVI Revivals, Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras were offered, as well as art glass, porcelain, silver, marble statues, bronzes, ivories, clocks, sconces, chandeliers, rugs, and a selection of Tiffany Studios articles. Complementing the furniture and decorations were an assortment of fin de siecle paintings.

With competitive bidding from the salesroom, the telephones and the Internet, the sale totaled $1,775,439, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $964,100-1,456,900, with 86% sold by lot and 95% sold by value.

IMPORTANT TIFFANY SETTEE
The top lot of the day was an important Aesthetic Movement settee by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Samuel Colman commissioned for the Fifth Avenue mansion of famed collectors Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer and descended in the family. Estimated at $125,000-175,000, the circa 1890-91 carved and parcel gilt ash settee sold for a staggering $422,500.

Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer were influential and enthusiastic art collectors and patrons during America's Gilded Age. Henry Osborne Havemeyer (1847-1907) made his vast fortune in sugar refining, and his second wide, the former Louisine Waldron Elder (1855-1929) was a suffragette, philanthropist and art collector, whose taste was influenced in part by her close friend Mary Cassatt. The imposing Havemeyer mansion on Fifth Avenue at 66th Street, completed in 1892, featured interiors by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Samuel Colman. Their designs would herald a uniquely American Aesthetic style, incorporating exotic elements from Japanese, Indian, Islamic and natural motifs in unusual and fresh applications.

ART GLASS
The selection of art glass in the auction featured a circa 1912 Tiffany Studios favrile glass calla lily paperweight vase measuring 16 1/2 inches in height that sold for $40,625, far exceeding its $10,000-15,000 estimate. An early 20th century Galle acid etched cameo glass lamp decorated with clematis blossoms sold well over its $12,000-18,000 estimate, achieving $37,500. A circa 1900 silver gilt mounted acid etched and wheel carved cameo glass bud vase by Daum sold for $22,500, many times its estimate of $3,500-4,500. Also fetching for $22,500 was a Tiffany Studios bronze and favrile glass ten-light lily lamp that sold within estimate.

DECORATIVE ARTS
Highlighting the decorative arts was a pair of unusual early 20th century Asian style gilt-bronze mounted bamboo lamps by F. Barbedienne, that, despite condition issues, achieved a staggering $28,125, far surpassing the estimate of $2,000-3,000.  A pair of Louis XVI style gilt-bronze figural lamps estimated at $1,200-2,000 sold for an exceptional $10,625.

BRONZES
Bronzes sold very strongly at the auction. An Art Deco gilt-bronze and ivory figure titled Dance of Carthage cast and carved from a model by Claire-Jeanne Roberte Colinet estimated at $3,500-4,500 sold for a surprising $23,750. Selling for $16,250 was a bronze figural group titled Crossing the Balkans after a model by Eugene Lanceray that had been estimated at $1,500-2,500. A bronze figure of Fanny Elssler cast from a model by Jean-Auguste Barre, dated 1837 and cast by L Richard Eck et Durand, achieved $11,250 against an estimate of $6,000-9,000.

SILVER
The extensive silver section of the auction saw strong prices. This section was highlighted by a circa 1886 Russian silver tankard with maker's mark J.F.A., Moscow, height 9 1/2 inches, from the Estate of Charlotte London, that sold for $20,000, well over its estimate of $3,000-5,000. A circa 1896-1908 Russian silver tea service by Varvara Baladanova, Moscow, retailed by I.E. Morozov, St. Petersburg, from the same estate, fetched $12,500, doubling its estimate of $5,000-7,000.

A Georg Jensen sterling silver tea service designed by Johan Rohde in the Cosmos pattern achieved $16,250 against an estimate of $8,000-12,000. A 19th century assembled Tiffany & Co. sterling silver partial flatware service descended in the family of former New York City mayor Thomas F. Gilroy sold for $11,250, well over its estimate of $5,000-7,000. Also by Tiffany & Co. was a sterling silver coffee and tea service, pattern no. 18389, estimated at $6,000-9,000 that fetched $10,000.

PAINTINGS
Highlighting the selection of fin de siecle paintings was a 19th school French School work titled Marchande du Fleurs au Caire from the Estate of Michael Melnitzky that was the object of much speculation and interest among bidders on both sides of the Atlantic. Estimated at $2,000-4,000, it achieved a stunning $31,250. By Giuseppe Castiglione (Italian, 1829-1908) was The Cardinal's Court, a view of a Cardinal and his guests being entertained by minstrels, that sold within its estimate at $16,250. British artist George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) was represented by a Female Nude with Blue Chair, dated 1928, that fetched $12,500, many times its estimate of $2,000-4,000. Monkeys as Judges of Art, a droll statement depicting a group of simians attributed to Gabriel Von Max, soared past its estimate of $1,000-2,000 to achieve $10,000.

All prices include the Buyers' Premium.


NEXT BELLE EPOQUE AUCTION: June 6, 2012
Consignments are currently being accepted for the June 6 Belle Epoque auction. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please contact Malcolm MacNeil at 212-427-4141, ext 218, or email BelleEpoque@DoyleNewYork.com

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FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS

Lot 439
Louis Comfort Tiffany and Samuel Colman Aesthetic Movement Carved and Parcel Gilt Ash Settee
Designed for the Music Room in the Louisine and Henry Osborne Havemeyer mansion, New York, circa 1890-91
In the Near Eastern style, the double arched crest densely decorated with peacocks nestled and feeding amongst meandering stylized tendrils, leaves and various species of blossoms, above a reeded spindle back flanked by conforming stiles, continuing to gently curved arms and a padded seat, raised on tapering reeded legs joined by stretchers and conforming side spindles and ending in claw and glass ball feet. Height 33 3/8 inches, width 67 3/4 inches, depth 27 3/4 inches.

Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer were influential and enthusiastic art collectors and patrons during America's Gilded Age. Henry Osborne Havemeyer (1847-1907) made his vast fortune in sugar refining, and his second wife, the former Louisine Waldron Elder (1855-1929) was a suffragette, philanthropist and art collector, whose taste was influenced in part by her close friend Mary Cassatt. The imposing Havemeyer mansion on Fifth Avenue at 66th Street, completed in 1892, featured interiors that were a marked departure from the French revival styles preferred by the Havemeyer's social peers. They chose New York designers Louis Comfort Tiffany and Samuel Colman to create interiors that would showcase their extensive and diverse collection. The resulting design would herald a uniquely American Aesthetic style, incorporating exotic elements from Japanese, Indian, Islamic and natural motifs in unusual and fresh applications.

The suite of carved and gilded furniture designed by Tiffany and Colman for the Havemeyer mansion's Music Room was inspired by Near Eastern design and decorated with elaborately carved floral patterns recalling Indian motifs. Although the mansion was razed in 1930, the craftsmanship and artistry of Tiffany and Colman can still be appreciated in the current settee from the Music Room, which has descended in the family to the consignor.

Six other items from the Tiffany and Colman designed suite of furniture from the Music Room are known to survive. An identical settee, rectangular table, square table, armchair and side chair are now in the collection of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. The Shelburne Museum was founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960), the youngest of the Havemeyer's three children. These pieces were gifted in 1974 to the museum by her nephew, George G. Frelinghuysen (1911-2004), son of the eldest of the Havemeyer's children, Adaline, and her husband, Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen. A third settee is reputedly still in the family.

A pair of armchairs from the Havemeyer mansion's Rembrandt Room survive, one of which is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

An additional offering from the same consignor and also formerly in the Havemeyer Collection is an exquisite pastel and chalk rendering of a Venetian palazzo by James A. M. Whistler, to be featured in the auction of American Art on May 9.

Provenance:
Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer, by descent to their daughter
Adaline Havemeyer Frelinghuysen, by descent to her son
The Honorable Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen, by descent to his son
Peter Frelinghuysen


Sold For $422,500
Lot 437
Tiffany Studios Favrile Glass Calla Lily Paperweight Vase
Circa 1912
Of floriform, with an elongated body and bulbous mouth, in colorless glass, inlaid with green and brown leaves and three white blossoms with brown and green centers, pearl iridized, signed 3002 G L.C. Tiffany-Favrile. Height 16 1/2 inches.


Sold For $40,625
Lot 413
Galle Acid Etched Cameo Glass Lamp
Early 20th century
The domed shade in frosted colorless and amber colored glass, cased in plum colored glass, decorated with clematis and leaves, supported on a metal mount, the illuminated ovoid base with conforming decoration. Height 15 1/2 inches, diameter of shade 10 3/8 inches.
Provenance:
Macklowe Gallery

C Property of a New York Estate
Sold For $37,500
Lot 299
Pair of Asian Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Bamboo Lamps
F. Barbedienne, early 20th century
Each of cylindrical form, with lacquer decoration and inscription. Height 23 3/4 inches.


Sold For $28,125
Lot 453
Art Deco Gilt-Bronze and Ivory Figure Titled Dance of Carthage
Cast and carved from a model by Claire-Jeanne Roberte Colinet, numbered 19
In a forward leaning stance with a snake wrapped around her arm, on a portor marble base. Height 12 1/4 inches, width 13 7/8 inches.
See Bryan Catley, Art Deco and Other Figures, p. 115, for an illustration of this model


Sold For $23,750
Lot 438
Tiffany Studios Bronze and Favrile Glass Ten-Light Lily Lamp
First quarter of the 20th century
Modeled as a cluster of tall thin stems with drooping heads ending in ribbed lily blossom shades, in translucent amber colored glass with gold iridescence, continuing to a circular base formed as a cluster of lily pads in various stages of growth, base stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 381, seven shades signed L.C.T., one shade signed L.C.T. Favrile, one shade unsigned. Height 20 inches, height of tallest shade 4 3/8 inches.
Provenance:
Macklowe Gallery

C Property of a New York Estate
Sold For $22,500
Lot 391
Daum Silver Gilt Mounted Acid Etched and Wheel Carved Cameo Glass Bud Vase
Circa 1900
Of tapering rectangular form, in pale yellow and frosted colorless glass cased in dark blue, decorated with centaurea blossoms, gilt collar. Height 8 1/2 inches.


Sold For $22,500
Lot 462
Bronze Figural Group Titled Crossing the Balkans
After a model by Eugene Lanceray, modern
Of three Russian cossacks and four horses on mountainous terrain, on a green marble oval base. Height 17 1/2 inches.


Sold For $16,250
Lot 305
Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Figural Lamps
Each in the form of two cupids and Psyche climbing a stalk, on a stepped circular base. Height 24 inches.

C Estate of Mildred Robbins Leet
Sold For $10,625
Lot 131
Bronze Figure of Fanny Elssler
Cast from a model by Jean-Auguste Barre, dated 1837, cast by L Richard Eck et Durand
The ballerina in a lace dress holding castanettes, on a circular base with foliate motifs. Height 17 1/8 inches.


Sold For $11,250

SILVER

Lot 291
Russian Silver Tankard
Maker's mark J.F.A., Moscow, circa 1886
Of cylindrical form, with a C-shaped handle and stepped domed cover with figural finial, decorated on the sides with a continuous cityscape scene, on a stepped circular foot. Height 9 1/2 inches, approximately 24 ounces.

C Estate of Charlotte London
Sold For $20,000
Lot 278
Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Tea Service
Designed by Johan Rohde, post 1945
In the Cosmos pattern, comprising a coffee pot, teapot, covered sugar bowl, milk jug, creamer and a tray. Height of coffee pot 9 1/2 inches, length of tray 23 inches, total approximately 155 ounces, all in.


Sold For $16,250
Lot 292
Russian Silver Tea Service
Varvara Baladanova, Moscow, circa 1896-1908, retailed by I.E. Morozov, St. Petersburg
Comprising a teapot with a colorless glass insert, tea glass holder, footed cup, saucer, two-handled sugar bowl with a hinged cover, creamer and an oval swing handle cake basket, each engraved with foliate motifs, fitted oak case. Together with an Associated Group of Russian Silver Flatware Articles. Comprising a caddy spoon, lemon fork, strainer, solid handled stirring spoon and pair of sugar tongs. Height of teapot 5 5/8 inches, width of basket 8 7/8 inches, total approximately 56 ounces;

C Estate of Charlotte London
Sold For $12,500
Lot 192
Assembled Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Partial Flatware Service
19th Century
In the Vine pattern, comprising eight dinner forks (wheat), six luncheon forks (daisy), eleven dessert spoons (raspberry), nine teaspoons (gourd), four vegetable serving spoons (grapevine), and a soup ladle (tomato); Together with a Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Asparagus Server. In the Wave Edge pattern, mahogany fitted case. Total approximately 82 ounces.
Provenance:
Estelle M. Mulqueen
By descent to her daughter

According to the family, this flatware service was owned by Estelle M. Mulqueen (1893-1970), daughter of Michael J. Mulqueen (1855-1924), a prominent figure in New York politics and Irish American society, and his wife, the former Mary Gilroy (1866-1938), whose father was the Honorable Thomas F. Gilroy (1839-1911), Mayor of New York City from 1893-94


Sold For $11,250
Lot 222
Tiffany & Co. Makers Sterling Silver Coffee and Tea Service
Pattern no. 18389
Comprising a hot water kettle on stand, coffee pot, teapot, two-handled covered sugar bowl, creamer, waste bowl and a two-handled shaped rectangular tray, the latter stamped no. 20677. Height of kettle on stand 12 1/2 inches, length over handles of tray 26 inches, total approximately 272 ounces.

C Property of a Lady
Sold For $10,000

PAINTINGS

Lot 31
French School
19th Century
Marchande du Fleurs au Caire
Bears signature J. Portielje and dated 1870 (lr); bears monogram FG (lr) and inscribed as titled on the reverse
Oil on canvas
44 3/4 x 30 1/4 inches

C Estate of Michael Melnitzky
Sold For $31,250
Lot 19
Giuseppe Castiglione
Italian, 1829-1908
The Cardinal's Court
Signed G. Castiglione (ll)
Oil on canvas
28 x 43 7/8 inches


Sold For $16,250
Lot 89
George Spencer Watson
British, 1869-1934
Female Nude with Blue Chair
Signed G. Spencer Watson and dated 1928 (lr)
Oil on canvas
38 x 20 inches
Provenance:
Louise Whitford Gallery, London


Sold For $12,500
Lot 54
Attributed to Gabriel Von Max
Monkeys as Judges of Art
Oil on canvas
34 x 41 1/2 inches


Sold For $10,000