a pair of gilt-bronze and ivory musicians after Auguste Moreau (lot 500, $3,000 to $5,000), an unsigned marble figure of a boy with a fish (lot 590, $2,000 to $4,000), a marble bust of Diana the Huntress by Giuseppe Carnevale (lot 535, $2,000 to $3,000), and a bronze and ivory dancer with castanets by Henri Fugere (lot 599, $3,000 to $5,000). Other noteworthy lots in the sculpture section include a Napoleon III figural ormolu and patinated bronze brule-parfum (lot 555, $5,000 to $7,000) and a figure of a seated woman by Allan Clark (lot 575, $3,000 to $5,000).
A wide array of porcelain and pottery is on offer. Vienna and Meissen porcelains are well represented and feature an extensive display from a private Delaware collector, including a Meissen porcelain figural group of three children (lot 683, $1,200 to $1,800) and a pair of Vienna porcelain covered urns with allegorical scenes (lot 662, $2,000 to $4,000). Other fine ceramic highlights include KPM plaques and figures, a set of eight Limoges plates designed by Mary Bacon Jones based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (lot 627, $2,000 to $4,000), and a collection of Gouda, Dresden, Royal Bonn and other Continental ceramics. English porcelains include Worcester, Royal Worcester, and an impressive Brown-Westhead and Moore handpainted vase (lot 867, $700 to $900).
Fine pottery will also be offered, including an assortment of Delft and delftwares from England and Holland, a large collection of Royal Doulton flambé, a Martin Brothers tobacco jar (lot 896, $10,000 to $15,000), and a very nice assortment of Wedgwood. Twenty-three pieces of fairyland lustre are sure to stun Wedgwood collectors and enthusiasts. A collection of Portland vases in a wide range of sizes and colors will be offered, featuring a subscription edition with inscription executed for Charles Bellows in 1913 (lot 977, $2,000 to $4,000). Excellent ceramic works ranging from black basalt to majolica to Queen’s wares decorated by Emile Lessore, jasperwares, Victoriaware, ordinary lustre, and more will also be offered.
The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection
Rounding out the sale is the Harry A. Root Jr. Collection of 18th Century English Pottery composed of roughly 370 lots including early creamwares, tortoiseshell wares, and salt glaze. This collection also includes an impressive display of early cow creamers. For over forty years Harry Root assembled his collection with a keen eye and unmatched enthusiasm, and scholars will be pleased to know that a portion of the Root Collection has been donated to the Art Institute of Chicago. For collectors everywhere, Skinner is proud to offer many rare and early examples of English pottery, including a Staffordshire enameled white salt-glazed stoneware sauceboat (lot 1377, $2,500 to $3,500).