EUROPEAN FURNITURE & DECORATIVE ARTS TO BE AUCTIONED BY SKINNER, JULY 12TH IN BOSTON FEATURING CERAM Skinner, one of the nationís leading auction houses, today announced its upcoming European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction will take place on Saturday, July 12th in its Boston gallery. More tha
News-Antique.com - Jun 26,2008 - Skinner, one of the nationís leading auction houses, today announced its upcoming European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction will take place on Saturday, July 12th in its Boston gallery. More than 900 lots will be sold, featuring an extensive offering of ceramics.
English ceramics are well represented in this sale with Wedgwood, as always, a feature and includes approximately seventy lots from the Frank and Eleanor Elsner Wedgwood collection of black and white jasper. The Elsnerís are well known from their many years of attendance in the Wedgwood International Seminars (WIS). Also consigned are forty lots of a variety of Wedgwood wares from the Frank and Shirley Coleman collection. The Colemanís were also longtime participants in the WIS as well as the Boston Wedgwood Society. In addition there are also lustre wares, black basalt, and a fine private collection of yellow and black jasper.
A major selection of Royal Doulton from the Piper collection will also be offered. Lee Piper, a past president of the Royal Doulton International Collectors Club, New England Chapter, began collecting, specializing in Charles Dickens, Cecil Aldin, Kingsware, Flambe, Samuel Johnson and especially Doulton animals following a career in dealing antiques. The Charlton book of animals, in fact, revised their format to include new color ways and photos from his collection.
Over 150 steins from a private Chicago area estate are also featured, and include early German stoneware and faience, Royal Vienna porcelain and numerous Mettlach and character steins. Good early toby jugs, hand-painted Royal Worcester, jeweled Coalport, fine Mintons Marc Louis Solon pate-sur-pate decorated porcelains and an important English porcelain hand-painted luncheon service round out the sale.
The saleís cover lot is a finely painted KPM porcelain plaque of Judith (lot 616, est. $4/6,000) after the painting by August Riedel, retailed by Shreve, Crump & Low. Other highlights include two carved ivory figures of Napoleon (lots 584 and 585, est. $1,2/1,500 and $1,5/2,000 respectively) and a very impressive gilt bronze figural Shakespeare-themed clock (lot 750, est. $15/20,000) from the late 19th century.
The sale also offers a nice group of large and decorative bronze figures, including Diana the Huntress by Marthurian Moreau (lot 756, est. $3/5,000); a pair of Commedia dellíArte figures by Paul Dubois (lot 811, est. $8/12,000); and Emile Louis Picaultís figure of a Renaissance solider (lot 840, est. $4/6,000). Other bronzes of note include an alluring figure of a lady disrobing by Ernst Seger (lot 564, est. $8/1,200) and a Russian bronze figure of a speeding troika (lot 678, est. $1,2/1,600).
A fine selection of Meissen porcelain figures adds to the sale with a variety of subjects such as a perched eagle (lot 444, est. $1/1,500); a dandy playing badminton (lot 682, est. $6/800); and two blue and white figural groups (lot 861, est. $8/1,200).
Also being offered are a variety other European ceramics, including a French Aesthetic Movement faience charger (lot 760, est. $5/700); a Royal Copenhagen ďFlora DanicaĒ tureen and platter (lot 542, est. $2,5/4,000); and a pair