Fine Furniture & Works of Art A selective sale comprising just 95 of the finest British and Continental furniture and works of art, to be offered on Wednesday 13th November 2013 at Dreweatt's Donnington Priory Saleroom.
News-Antique.com - Oct 30,2013 - It is speculated that, like Michelangelo’s Bacchus at the Bargello in Florence, the artist who created a sculpted ivory Faun (pictured) was inspired by Pliny the Elder’s description of a lost bronze sculpture depicting ‘Bacchus, Drunkenness and a satyr’.
The animated Faun is portrayed here in Bacchic revelry, typical of the early 18th century joie-de-vivre, when collectors desired non-religious, more humanist sculpture.
During this period ivory carving was undergoing an intense revival and this example is believed to have originated from one of the key ivory production areas at the time, either the Netherlands or South Germany.
The Faun has since been in a private Hampshire collection, inherited by family descent from a titled family. With an overall height of nearly 60cm, this impressive example is estimated at £6,000-9,000 [Lot 13].
Pick of the Georgian walnut furniture is a set of six museum quality red walnut chairs, circa 1740, believed to be attributed to a significant London maker, such as Giles Grendey. They are considered amongst the finest examples made during the period.
Observations have been made that the chairs also relate in design to American examples of the period, see Edgar G. Miller, American antique furniture (V.I) Dover Publications Inc., 1966, page 135(fig 69). They are expected to achieve £30,000–50,000 [Lot 21].
Given to the vendor’s parents as a wedding gift during the 1950s is a walnut chests on chest, circa 1740. The imposing piece is an unusal and much sought after design, with radiating sunburst parquetry decoration, it is estimated at £6,000–8,000 [Lot 1].
From Townley Hall, Ireland, is a mahogany side table that once stood in architect Francis Johnston’s ‘classical masterpiece’. The poet laureate Sir John Betjeman wrote; ‘I have seen many Irish houses, but I know none at once so dignified, so restrained and so original as Francis Johnston’s Townley Hall’.
The table, which pre-dates Johnston’s building, built in 1799, has lion mask decoration flanked by swags that bear a striking resemblance to some of the friezes from rooms in Johnston’s Townley Hall. Believed to have been amongst the furnishings from the original site, the side table was inherited by the current owners through family descent from the Townley Balfour family, it is estimated at £8,000–12,000 [Lot 17].
With the growing Chinese interest in Western antiques, an Anglo-Chinese huanghauali folding table circa 1735, from a private Sussex collection is estimated at £3,000–5,000. The table is made from huanghuali wood, one of the rarest, most desirable and synonymous with furniture of the highest quality from the Ming and early Qing dynasties [Lot 5].
The auction will be held at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury’s Donnington Priory Saleroom in Newbury on Wednesday 13th November at 10.00, with viewing from 8th November. Information about online bidding with no additional premium is available at http://www.dnfa.com/cms/pages/bid-live.