Grogan February Auction to feature Chinese Porcelain Grogan and Company will host their first auction of the 2011 season on Sunday, February 13th at 12 noon. Featuring over 700 lots of Fine art and Antiques, there is something for everyone.
News-Antique.com - Feb 08,2011 - Dedham - The auction, comprised of American and European Paintings, Prints and Sculpture, 18th and 19th century Furniture and Decorations, Silver, Jewelry and Oriental Rugs and Carpets, will aslo include property three important estates and collections: the Damon Family Collection of Decorative Works of Art, Maps and Books from the Ottoman Empire and the Near East; an Important Collection of Chinese Decorations from a Prominent Massachusetts Collector and Antiques and Fine Art from the Estate of Marcella Clark McCormack, Newport Rhode Island.
Chinese decorations include an Important Collection assembled in the 1970’s by a Prominent Boston Doctor, featuring a Chinese Egg Shell Porcelain Raspberry Red Flared Rim Beaker, bearing Yongzheng (1723-1735) reign mark, Qing Dynasty, 5 3/8 inches. Estimated at $20,000-30,000, the beaker was formerly in the collection of James Frederick Oiesen, the Danish Ambassador to the Chinese court in the late 19thcentury. A Pair of Chinese Porcelain Blue and White Bowls, Qing Dynasty, are estimated to bring $10,000-20,000 and a Chinese Porcelain Turquoise Glazed Hu Vase, Qing Dynasty, acquired at Parke Bernet, is estimated at $12,000-18,000.
Comprised of 150 lots, the Damon Collection was begun by Cambridge born Theron Damon, a writer and Harvard graduate, who taught at Robert College in Constantinople from 1906-1909. After the First World War, Damon befriended the art critic, Bernard Berenson, who he accompanied on many expeditions in the Middle East. In 1929, Damon opened an antiquities shop in New York City titled Old and Near Eastern Art. Six years later, due to the Great Depression, Damon closed the shop and moved to Massachusetts. A member of the Hajji Baba Club of New York, highlights from Damon’s collection include a late 19th century Tabriz Carpet, Persia, 13’9” x 11’6”, estimated at $10,000-15,000 and a 19th century Mid Eastern Mother of Pearl and Ivory Inlaid Settee, acquired from the family of Mohsen al Bakir al Barazi, former prime minister of Syria, estimated at $5,000-10,000. A first edition of Caspard Fossati’s Aya Sofia including 25 lithographs documenting the restoration of the Hagia Sophia, as ordered by the Sultan Abdul Medjid in 1852, is estimated at $3,000-5,000 and a large selection of Antique maps featuring Turcici Imperii Descriptio, by Abraham Ortelius, dated 1584, estimated at $700-900 and Graecia, a map by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, dated 1650, is estimated at $500-700. Theron’s son, George (Hunt) Damon, also a Harvard graduate, added an important selection of Islamic Tiles to the collection while assigned in Ankara, Turkey during the Second World War. Tiles rescued from an old bathhouse in the process of being demolished, included a Fragmentary Turquoise and Black Mosaic Tile, Turkey, 13th century, a Hexagonal Tile, from the 15th century, two Cuerda Seca Tiles, Safavid, 17th century and a fragment of a Cuerda Fish and Bird Decorated Tile, Safavid, 17th century. The estimates for the tiles range from $700 to $4,000.
Property from the Estate of Marcella Clark McCormack of Newport, Rhode Island, features a large selection of furniture, fine art and decorations. The daughter of popular Broadway