News-Antique.com - Jun 20,2013 - Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on July 12th and 13th in its Boston gallery. Session I of the two-day sale opens with The Bent Family Collection: Furniture and Decorative Arts from Quattro Venti. Session II features sculpture, pottery, and porcelain and presents The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection of 18th Century English Pottery.
The Bent Family Collection
The July 12th session of the auction features furniture, decorative arts, glass, and silver from a variety of estates and collections. The auction opens with The Bent Family Collection: Furniture and Decorative Arts from Quattro Venti. Designed and furnished in the Mediterranean Revival style, Quattro Venti is the last great private residence in Annisquam Village, a small fishing hamlet near Gloucester, Massachusetts. Quincy Bent, vice president in charge of production at Bethlehem Steel at the turn of the last century, built the summer retreat around 1912 and his wife, Deborah Norris Bent, oversaw the design and decorated the interior.
Highlights of the Quattro Venti offerings epitomize the eclectic Mediterranean Revival style and include: an Italian rococo inlaid walnut chest of drawers (lot 63, estimated between $4,000 and $6,000), a pair of Spanish Colonial-style wrought iron gates (lot 90, $3,000 to $5,000), a verdure tapestry (lot 87, $4,000 to $6,000), a pair of Italian Renaissance-style bronze torchieres (lot 85, $4,000 to $6,000), a portrait of Deborah Norris (Brock) Bent by William McGregor Paxton (lot 6, $10,000 to $15,000), and a pair of Italian Renaissance demilune walnut console tables (lot 5, $3,000 to $5,000). The home’s sterling silver, including a magnificent six-piece Hunt & Roskell Ltd. sterling silver tea service (lot 83, $8,000 to $12,000) and an extensive dining suite retailed by Caldwell & Co. that includes a set of 18 sterling silver dinner plates (lot 13, $15,000 to $20,000), illustrates the lavish lifestyle the Bent family maintained at Quattro Venti.
European Furniture and Decorative Arts
The Friday night auction will also present a variety of European furniture, as well as Bohemian glass, bronze candelabras, carved ivory items, and textiles. Furniture highlights include an impressive Dutch Colonial late baroque-style silver-mounted hardwood cabinet on a stand (lot 298, $10,000 to $15,000), a pair of Venetian baroque-style carved walnut armchairs (lot 221, $2,000 to $4,000), and a Louis XV-style ormolu-mounted two-tier guéridon (lot 170, $1,500 to $2,500). Forty lots of Bohemian glass, including a pair of tall Bohemian Moser-type vases (lot 358, $1,500 to $2,500) come to auction from a private collection in Delaware. Other noteworthy items include a Continental carved ivory relief plaque depicting the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (lot 220, $6,000 to $8,000), a figural wool tapestry from Northern Europe (lot 317, $3,000 to $5,000), and a three-panel marquetry floor screen by Paul Spindler (lot 290, $3,000 to $5,000).
Bronze, Marble, and Alabaster Sculpture
Session II of the auction begins with an assortment of sculpture in marble, alabaster, and bronze. The sculpture offerings include over 80 lots from the private collection of a Midwest gentleman. Highlights include: