GROGAN & COMPANY CELEBRATES TWENTY-FIVE YEARS Twenty-five years ago this past March, Michael Grogan conducted the Inaugural Auction of his new company, Grogan & Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers. To commemorate this milestone, Grogan an
1870, in the manner of Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley. This popular model is a copy of a table supplied in 1771 for Louis XVI’s garde meuble. The original is in the permanent collection of the Musee de Versailles. With an elaborate marquetry inlaid and stained top representing the mythological figures of Urania and Calliope along with their instruments of astronomy and poetry, the table has a presale estimate of $5,000-8,000.
A pair of historically interesting Chinoiserie copper relief architectural panels, measuring 125 inches, is another highlight of the auction. The circa 1914 panels, commissioned by Mrs. Alva Vanderbilt and designed by the architectural firm Hunt & Hunt of New York, were inset in the walls of the Japanese tea house on the grounds of Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island. The panel, which was originally a two-sided panel featured at the main entrance to the tea house, was blown into the ocean during the devastating Hurricane Carol in 1954 and believed to be lost forever. Fortunately, it was salvaged and later surfaced at Goldberg Antiques in Boston where it was purchased by the current owner's father in the 1960s. The owner had the two sided panel separated into two one sided panels and framed in copper, as they are today. The panels are expected to fetch $30,000-50,000.
An interesting American highlight is a Printed Textile Panel depicting George Washington after a 1789 engraving by Cornelius Tiebout (ca. 1773-1832), after a design by Charles Buxton (1768-1833). Estimated at $2,000-3,000, the 26 ½ x 19 inches textile depicts Washington atop the pedestal in New York’s Bowling Green Park, that supported a statue of King George III prior to the Revolution. A collection of L. C. Tiffany and Tiffany Studios lamps from a Massachusetts collector includes a Tiffany Studios Patinated Bronze and Leaded Glass Two Light Students Lamp, estimated to fetch $8,000-12,000.
Silver and Jewelry highlights from a private collection include two 18k yellow gold, diamond, and enamel pendant watches. One by Patek Philippe has a fleur de lis decoration and the other by Tiffany & Co. bears a dragonfly. They are expected to fetch $3,000-5,000 each. A Gorham Martele Silver Three Handled Loving Cup, made by Nels N. Haarklou and Emil Strasbery, circa 1905, weighing 38.5 ozs. should fetch $5,000-10,000.
Grogan, who graduated from Boston College with a degree in Art History, began his career at Sotheby's New York. First, he served as the head of the Oriental Rugs and Carpets Department, then as the Director of Sotheby's Appraisal Company and finally as Director of Sotheby's Arcade Auctions. Moving to Boston to open his own auction company twenty-five years ago has been an exciting journey for Grogan. In 1990 Grogan & Company assisted The Holyoke Massachusetts Public Library in de-accessioning over one million dollars of fine art and antiques. American Painting highlights from that auction included Eastman Johnson’s Kite Flying, ($99,000) and William Chadwick’s, Hamburg Cove ($93,500); the latter selling to the Springfield Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts.