Mansion on Boston's North Shore and its contents of mostly French antiques will be sold July 1-2 The 12,000-square-foot, 30-room Georgian mansion known as Seven Pines, located on Boston’s North Shore, plus its entire contents of European antiques and other fine items, will be sold July 1st & 2nd.
News-Antique.com - Jun 17,2016 - WENHAM, Mass. – The 12,000-square-foot, 30-room Georgian mansion known as Seven Pines, located on Boston’s North Shore, plus its entire contents of European antiques and other fine items, will be sold without reserve on Friday, July 1st, and Saturday, July 2nd, by John McInnis Auctioneers, based in Amesbury. The auction will be held on-site, at 97 Larch Row in Wenham.
For those unable to attend either session in person, Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Seven Pines is a Georgian Colonial brick manor home that was designed by Joseph D. Leland and built in 1927 on 30 picturesque acres on Larch Row, a prized location in Wenham, Mass. The home has been lovingly maintained, updated and expanded over the years, and enjoys close proximity to the village center, rail lines and aviation, parks, golf courses and equestrian trails.
The contents are being called The Henry D. Audesse Collection, referring to Seven Pines’ most recent occupant. Offerings will include 19th century French furniture, porcelains, bronzes, fine decorative objects, clocks, paintings and other works of art, mosaics and lighting. Start times for both auction days will be 12 o’clock noon Eastern time. The home will be sold at 3 pm July 1st.
Session I, on Friday, July 1st, will feature over 400 lots of high-end decorative items, to include Bell Epoque, 19th century decorative furniture, porcelains, bronzes, paintings, lighting and more.
Two items in Session I should be strong candidates for top lot of the auction. One is a pair of 19th century Sevres vases, 35 inches in height, ormolu mounted cobalt ground porcelain with two handles on each side and mythological reserves. The vases are both signed “Dapoigny / Sevres” and both come in their original mahogany cases. The lot is expected to fetch $15,000-$25,000.
The other is a French 19th century Louis XVI-style pedestal clock with gilt bronze and porcelain face signed “Leroy A Paris.” The ormolu mounted inlaid kingwood and mahogany clock stands an impressive 88 inches tall and features a bell striking movement and a drum case mounted with playful putti with garlands of flowers amid billowing clouds. It should realize $12,000-$18,000.
One of the more intriguing and historically significant lots will be a porcelain monogrammed gilt banded dinner service, made in France by Vierzon (Hache Julien & Cie). The lot's provenance sheet reads: “Set of Limoges porcelain ordered and given by Napoleon III to Michael Smythson upon his return as ambassador to France from England in 1886”. It should bring $1,200-$1,800.
Other star lots from Session I will include a fine, circa-1870 French Egyptian Revival ormolu mounted rouge marble urn on a gilt and silvered bronze quatrapied stand, with mythological creatures, 27 ½ inches tall (est. $5,000-$9,000); and a circa-1900 French Louis XV-style bombe cabinet with parquetry and green marble top and mounted figures of putti (est. $3,000-$6,000).
Session II, the following day, on Saturday, July 2nd, will be packed with over 500 lots of 19th