SOTHEBY’S TO OFFER HIGHLY IMPORTANT ENGLISH FURNITURE FROM THE COLLECTION OF TOM DEVENISH On April 24, 2008, Sotheby’s New York will offer the sale Tom Devenish: The Collection, Highly Important English Furniture.
News-Antique.com - Feb 13,2008 - SINGLE OWNER SALE WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 24, 2008 IN NEW YORK
New York, New York -- On April 24, 2008, Sotheby’s New York will offer the sale Tom Devenish: The Collection, Highly Important English Furniture. For some forty years, Mr. Devenish, who died in October of 2002, was one of the leading dealers in English furniture and decorative works in New York. His gallery on Madison Avenue had an impressive stock remarkable not only for its uniqueness but also for its incomparable quality and original condition, reflecting Mr. Devenish’s passion for assembling the best objects in the world. The presale estimate for the Collection is $13.8/20.6 million*.
Tom Devenish’s son, Clive Devenish, says of his father, “There was no denying his eye, his taste and his vision. He was a collector first and dealer second, focusing only on pursuing objects that excited him personally. Every piece was his favorite.”
Simon Redburn, Senior Vice President, English Furniture at Sotheby’s, said, “This important sale offers a unique opportunity to acquire exceptional pieces acquired by a man of great taste and knowledge with the true soul of a collector, but who realized that his passion could only be fulfilled by becoming a dealer. It is therefore the most significant collection to appear at auction in years, either in Europe or New York.”
A highlight of the sale is the Highly Important George II Carved Mahogany Open Armchair (est. $800,000/1.2 million, pictured above) bearing the Barrington family arms, circa 1755, purchased from a small New York salesroom in the early 1970s. Previously in the noted collections of Marsden J. Perry and William Randolph Hearst, its pair is now in the Untermyer Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The sale also includes other rare examples of seat furniture including four unusual mahogany chairs with pearwood carved ornament from Hagley Hall, and pairs in giltwood from Houghton Hall, Norfolk and Nuneham, Oxfordshire, together with several pairs of library arm chairs and sets of dining chairs.
Also in the sale are several exceptional pieces of case furniture including fine library bookcases and cabinets and a Superb George I Scarlet and Gold Japanned Bureau Cabinet, circa 1720 (est. $400/600,000, pictured above) with a carved giltwood decorated cornice, together with a Queen Anne rare diminutive example in burr walnut.
From the George III period is an unusual marquetry-inlaid demilune commode incorporating a secretaire which, together with several similarly inlaid pembroke tables, pier tables and games tables, includes a pair in the French taste from Stowe House attributed to John Cobb, fully displaying the consummate skill and artistry of the English craftsman of this period. This Pair of Gilt Metal Mounted Marquetry Inlaid Satinwood Card Tables (est. $500/700,000) circa 1775, is pictured at right. Other tables include a notable Irish example in mahogany, its apron centered by a finely modelled lion’s mask, a George I example in carved gilt-gesso, and one in carved giltwood with a mahogany top after a design by Thomas Chippendale published