European decorative arts include a fine French skeleton clock by Ridel of Paris, an Italian neoclassical chest, a fine Italian micro mosaic scene of the canals of Venice measuring 11” x 7 ½”, a Dutch baroque chest of drawers, a George III Welch dresser, a Russian imperial etched crystal goblet and a pair of Louis Vuitton trunks, one with full wardrobe interior. Also of interest is a selection of early Delft including a pair of ribbed jars and a 15” charger with Adoration of the Magi scene.
A good grouping of Chinese art includes early porcelains and plaques. Of particular note is a 13” dragon charger, probably Ming, a 10” Mille Fleur ginger jar and a Kangxi covered jar. A large framed temple wall fragment, measuring 40”x36” should also attract bids. Two Chinese robes, carved 19th century ivories and enameled silver will also be sold.
Of particular interest is a very rare Maori Tupapaku (bone box), 47” long, carved with a stylized face, ribs and arms. These boxes were filled with the dried and painted bones of senior members of the Maori tribe and hung in caves.
The collection of Dr. Mary Miller, of Roxbury, Connecticut will be featured in a 320 lot sale devoted to Native American art in the afternoon session May 6th at Fairfield Auction. Dr. Miller collected a wide array of Native American items including Inuit sculpture, pueblo pottery and baskets, pre-historic pottery, jewelry, Navajo rugs, Northwest Coast, Plains beadwork and other artifacts.
The auction will take place Sunday, May 6th at 11am. Viewing is available auction week Thursday through Saturday 11am to 4pm and auction day 9am-11am. The gallery is located at 707 Main Street, Monroe, Connecticut and can be contacted at (203) 880-5200 or online at www.fairfieldauction.com.