ESTATE OF LEE B. ANDERSON


 

Auction

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10am

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DOYLE NEW YORK'S AUCTION OF PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LEE B. ANDERSON ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 SURPASSES PRE-SALE ESTIMATE

Tiffany Studios Arrow Head Lamp Base Achieves $98,500

Sale Totals $870, 545, Surpassing the Pre-Sale Estimate of $486,475-758,375

Auction Showcased American Gothic Revival Furniture, Decorative Arts, Paintings and Objects by Tiffany Studios


On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Doyle New York auctioned property from the Estate of Lee B. Anderson (1918-2010), one of the most prominent collectors of American Gothic Revival furniture. The sale showcased over 600 lots of 19th century furniture, decorations and paintings from Mr. Anderson’s historic townhouse in New York’s Renwick Triangle.

Featured in the auction was furniture from his collection that was included in the landmark 1976 exhibition, The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-1870, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Also noteworthy were Mr. Anderson’s collections of objects by Tiffany Studios and 19th and early 20 century landscapes and still lifes.

The top lot of the sale was an unsigned Tiffany Studios bronze, favrile glass and mosaic Arrow Head lamp base of bulbous form, height 6 7/8 inches. Estimated at $3,000-5,000, the lot sold for a staggering $98,500.

Also noteworthy were two early 19th century Sevres porcelain cabinet cups and saucers in the Gothic taste by Jean-Claude Rumeau. One was decorated with a scene from Sleeping Beauty and the other with a depiction of the tomb of El Cid, after a print from Alexander de Laborde’s Voyage pittoresque et historique en Espagne. Offered as two separate lots, each was estimated at $12,000-15,000 and sold for the identical price of $34,375.

Furniture offerings were highlighted by a circa 1850 American Gothic Revival carved mahogany pier table by the New York firm of J. & J. Meeks estimated at $7,000-9,000 that achieved $13,750.

Painintings in the sale featured an 18th century English School depiction of the Meeting between General Clive and the Nawab Mir Jafar after the Battle of Plassey. The painting relates to a series of four decorative canvases painted in 1762 by Francis Hayman for the Rotunda of Vauxhall Gardens. The defeat in 1757 of the Nawab of Bengal and his French Allies by the British at the Battle of Plassey confirmed the dominance of the British East India Company in South Asia for the next century. International bidding sent the painting far past its estimate of $2,000-4,000 to achieve $18,750 from a buyer in the United Kingdom.

With competitive bidding from the bidders in the salesroom, on the telephones, and live on the Internet, the sale totaled a strong $870,545, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $486,475-758,375 with an exceptional 87% sold by lot and 95% by value.

LEE B. ANDERSON
Mr. Anderson’s love for the Gothic style began after serving in World War II when he visited Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole’s 18th century Gothic villa in England. Upon his return to the States, Mr. Anderson, an art education teacher, began collecting American school paintings and eventually, Gothic Revival furniture. Over the years, his passion for the style lead him to become a prolific collector, amassing hundreds of highly romantic and elaborate pieces. His opulently decorated rooms became the mise-en-scène for memorable parties, which drew such friends as Halston and Lee Radziwill.

Mr. Anderson’s collection has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, House & Garden, The World of Interiors, Art in America, Art & Antiques, and The New York Observer, among others. He also shared his knowledge with other collectors, including Cher, who visited Mr. Anderson and toured his home, drawing inspiration for her own collection of Gothic furniture.

LEE B. ANDERSON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Property from the Estate of Lee B. Anderson is being auctioned for the benefit of the Lee B. Anderson Memorial Foundation, whose mission is to support programs that advance the understanding of and appreciation for the decorative arts.

ADDITIONAL PAINTINGS FROM THE ANDERSON COLLECTION
Additional paintings from the Estate of Lee B. Anderson will be offered on NOVEMBER 19 in Doyle New York’s auction of American Furniture, Decorative Arts & 19th Century Paintings.  (more)

Images and interviews are available upon request.

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TIFFANY STUDIOS

Lot 1381
Unsigned Tiffany Studios Bronze, Favrile Glass and Mosaic Arrow Head Lamp Base
Early 20th century
Of bulbous form. Height 6 7/8 inches.


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Sold For $98,500
Lot 1367
Unsigned Tiffany Studios Bronze and Leaded Favrile Glass Turtle Back and Geometric Hanging Shade
First quarter of the 20th century
In mottled green and opalescent glass. Height 6 3/4 inches, diameter 16 inches.


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Sold For $18,750
Lot 1365
Tiffany Studios Bronze and Leaded Favrile Glass Nautilus Shell Lamp
Early 20th century
The shade in mottled green and opaque white glass, mounted on a bifurcating knopped stem ending in a leaf decorated domed circular foot, base stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 28628. Height 13 1/8 inches.


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Lot 1364
Tiffany Studios Bronze and Leaded Favrile Glass Nautilus Shell Lamp
Early 20th century
The shade in aquamarine and opaque white glass, mounted on a bifurcating knopped stem ending in a leaf decorated domed circular foot, base stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK D480 and with the T.G.D. CO. logo. Height 13 3/4 inches.


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Lot 1388
Tiffany Studios Bronze and Turtle Back Glass Desk Lamp
First quarter of the 19th century
The domed swivel shade inset with two green iridized panels lined in opaque white, mounted on a bifurcating stem ending in a 'jeweled' domed circular foot, stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS, NEW YORK 408. Height 13 3/4 inches.


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Lot 1362
Tiffany Studios Bronze and Favrile Glass Four-Light Blow-Out Candelabrum
First quarter of the 20th century
Of branch form, each floriform shade in opalescent, green and amber colored glass, signed L.C. Tiffany-Favrile, supported on a bulbous socket in green glass and ending in a 'jeweled' domed foot, signed L.C.T. TIFFANY STUDIOS, NEW YORK, D556 14 and T.G.D. CO. logo. Height of shade 5 1/4 inches, height overall 17 1/8 inches.
Literature:
This model is identified as 1315 in Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalwares.


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Lot 1384
Tiffany Favrile Glass Vase
Circa 1905
Of calyx form, in green, opalescent and amber colored glass, gold iridized, signed L.C.T. M446. Height 17 1/4 inches.


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Lot 1378
Tiffany Studios Bronze and Favrile Glass Turtle Back Telescopic Candlestick Lamp
First quarter of the 20th century
The floriform standard with a bulbous socket, stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK S982 and 434; Together with a Quezal Ribbed Glass Shade. Of bell form, in white with green leaf decoration banded in gold. Height of base 14 1/4 inches, height of shade 4 3/8 inches.


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Lot 1377
Tiffany Studios Bronze and Favrile Glass Turtle Back Inkwell
First quarter of the 20th century
Of bulbous form, with a hinged cover and 'jeweled' body, on three curved legs, stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1067. Height 4 inches.


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Sold For $5,938

DECORATIVE ARTS

Lot 1430
Sevres Porcelain Cabinet Cup and Saucer
Jean-Claude Rumeau, early 19th century
In the Gothic taste, painted with a scene from Sleeping Beauty on a burgundy ground decorated with a gilt trellis pattern centering fleur-de-lys, blue factory marks, the saucer inscribed 1 er juin BT. Height 5 3/4 inches.
Literature:
The Sevres Porcelain Manufactory: Alexandre Brongniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry, 1800-1847, p. 356, fig. 142a.


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Lot 1429
Sevres Porcelain Cabinet Cup and Saucer
Jean-Claude Rumeau, early 19th century
In the Gothic taste, painted with the Tomb of El Cid after a print from Alexander de Laborde, Voyage pittoresque et historique en Espagne (1807-1818), on a red ground with cream foliate scrolls, blue factory marks, the saucer inscribed 9A Gn 24.7bre. Height 5 3/4 inches.
Literature:
The Sevres Porcelain Manufactory: Alexandre Brongniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry, 1800-1847, p. 357, fig. 142b.


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Lot 1449
Pair of French Empire Revival Gilt and Patinated-Bronze Two-Light Figural Candelabra
Each in the form of a kneeling nude maiden surmounted by two cornucopia-form candle nozzels. Height 16 1/2 inches.


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Lot 1258
Pair of Battersea Enamel Wine Labels
Probably printed by Simon Francois Ravenet, after a design by James Gwin, mid 19th century
Length 2 1/2 inches.


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Sold For $6,875

FURNITURE

Lot 1428
American Gothic Revival Carved Mahogany Pier Table
J. & J. Meeks, New York, circa 1850
The rectangular portor marble top above a plain ogee-shaped frieze with a crenelated apron, raised on shaped square columnar supports flanked by four thin full columns centering a mirrored back, and joined by a serpentine platform shelf stretcher, and ending in square feet, original Meeks label. Height 36 inches, width 41 inches, depth 20 inches.
Literature:
Katherine S. Howe and David B. Warren, The Gothic Revival Style in America 1830-1870, see no. 65 for mate to present model.


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Lot 1233
American Gothic Revival Carved Rosewood Mirror Backed Etagere
Circa 1850
The elaborately carved and pierced cathedral superstructure with six spires surrounding an arched mirror flanked by two tiers of shelves, raised on a marble top pierced base continuing to fluted legs. Height 6 feet 8 inches, width 32 inches, depth 15 inches.


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Lot 1307
American Gothic Revival Carved Rosewood Recamier
Possibly J. & J.W. Meeks, New York, circa 1850
The arched tufted upholstered side and padded straight crest above an open back with eleven barley twist columnar supports, over a padded seat and crenelated apron, raised on short octagonal feet. Height 40 inches, width 6 feet 7 1/2 inches.
Provenance:
By repute, this recamier was owned by the Gracie family in New York City
Exhibited:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1976, The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-70
Literature:
Katherine S. Howe and David B. Warren, The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-70 p. 31, no. 54 illus.


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Lot 1566
American Gothic Revival Carved Rosewood Curio Cabinet
Circa 1850
Of lancet form, with a spire finial, above a glazed door enclosing wood shelves, flanked by clustered columnar supports continuing to a plinth. Height 8 feet, width 34 inches, depth 18 1/2 inches.


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FINE ART

Lot 1008
English School
18th Century
Meeting between General Clive and the Nawab Mir Jafar after the Battle of Plassey
Inscribed indistinctly F.M. Wor... R.A. on stretcher
Oil on canvas
20 x 23 3/4 inches
Provenance:
Mr. Heywood, UK, by 4 April 1959
Spink & Son, London, acquired from the above by 7 September 1961
Possibly Edward T. Pawlin, Esq., Wickersham Gallery, New York
Literature:
The Times of London, Apr. 4, 1959, illus. pg 9 (as attributed to Mather Brown)
This painting relates to a series of four decorative canvases painted in 1762 by Francis Hayman for the Rotunda of Vauxhall Gardens. The defeat in 1757 of the Nawab of Bengal and his French Allies by the British at the Battle of Plassey confirmed the dominance of the British East India Company in South Asia for the next century.


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Lot 1127
Edmonia Lewis
American, 1845-1907
Portrait Medallion of Wendell Phillips
Signed EDMONIA LEWIS and inscribed and dated ROMA 1871 (ll)
Marble
Diameter 18 1/8 inches

Although Lee Anderson believed that this portrait medallion depicted the likeness of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marilyn Richardson, author of a biography of Edmonia Lewis forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press, has identified the subject as Wendell Phillips (1811-1884).

When she moved to Boston in 1863, Edmonia Lewis found favor with the abolitionist community, including Phillips, who was active in the campaign against slavery and was also an advocate for the rights of Native Americans. Lewis first depicted Phillips in 1864-65, when she created a group of portraits of abolitionist leaders; the current location of these works is not known.

This portrait medallion will be reproduced in the forthcoming biography of the artist, The Indomitable Spirit of Edmonia Lewis. A Narrative Biography, by Harry Henderson and Albert Henderson, to be published in the Fall, 2012. We thank Marilyn Richardson and Albert Henderson for their very kind assistance in documenting this relief portrait.


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Lot 1018
Casimir Clayton Griswold
American, 1834-1918
Italianate Landscape with Classical Ruins, Rome
Signed C. C. Griswold and dated 1879 (lr)
Oil on canvas
14 x 24 1/2 inches


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Lot 1050
Augustus Saint-Gaudens
American, 1848-1907
Robert Louis Stevenson, 1887
inscribed To Robert Louis Stevenson/Youth now flees on feathered foot/faint and fainter sounds the flute [the full poem by Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verses and Underwoods].../MDCCCLXXXVII/Augustus Saint-Gaudens (uc); inscribed Copyright by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (lc)
Bronze bas relief with brown patina
17 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches


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Lot 1014
Otis A. Bullard
American, 1816-1853
Landing the Boat, 1853
Signed O. A. Bullard and dated 1853 (lr)
Oil on canvas
22 1/4 x 27 1/8 inches


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Lot 1176
Pavel Tchelitchew
Russian/American, 1898-1957
Three Indian Acrobats, 1938/1939
Inscribed To...Edward/a Merry Christmas. and Happy/New Year/from Pavlik (cl), Weston/Nov 1938/Norwalk (lr), sucess/amour/glory/forever (ll) and dated 1939 on the ball at center
White ink and watercolor on black paper
12 7/8 x 16 1/8 inches
Provenance:
Edward James Collection; Sold Christie's New York, 6 Oct., 1988, lot 98


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Lot 1138
Max Kuehne
American, 1880-1968
Gloucester Harbor
Signed Kuehne (ll)
Oil on board
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches
Provenance:
Ferargil Galleries, New York, NY


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Lot 1039
Attributed to Thomas Birch
Crossing the Ford
Oil on canvas laid to panel
24 1/4 x 35 3/4 inches
Exhibited:
New London, Connecticut, Lyman Allyn Museum, American Romantic Paintings of the 18th and 19th Centuries From the Collection of Lee Anderson, Feb. 26-Mar. 26, 1961, no. 7


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