In honour of Friday the 13th – in the month of Halloween, no less – we have selected the thirteen spookiest objects on offer in Sotheby’s upcoming furniture and decorative arts auctions. From creepy clowns to model ships built out of bones, we have something for every nightmare. Click ahead to satisfy your curiosity and discover our favourite macabre decor. Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics and Objects of Vertu 19 October | New York Collections: European Decorative Arts 27 October | New York
Although nearly unknown when it was unexpectedly bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1975, the Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection came to be regarded as one of the finest collections of French and German 18th-century decorative arts ever assembled. Starting in the late 1920s, the couple made many acquisitions together; for decades after her husband's death, Emma Sheafer meticulously added to the holdings with her keen eye and careful connoisseurship. Among the objects being sold from this exceptional collection on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum to benefit its acquisitions fund are fanciful Meissen figures, an ornately carved oak Louis XV style cabinet, and more. Click ahead for a look at these works of prestigious provenance. Collections: European Decorative Arts 27 October | New York
NEW YORK – Wunderkammers, perhaps better known today as cabinets of curiosities, are a phenomenon noted across history, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance to the Victorian era. The creator of a wunderkammer, which literally means “wonder room” or “room of wonder,” generally wanted to showcase their wealth and knowledge by gathering and classifying a variety of naturalia (natural objects), arteficilia (man-made objects) and scientifica (scientific objects to control or order nature). AN ARRANGEMENT OF SILVER AND CERAMICS FROM THE UPCOMING COLLECTIONS & CURIOSITIES AUCTION.
The allure of the cabinet of curiosities – or Kunstkammer – an encyclopedic display for all manner of treasure, rarity and relic – has endured from the Renaissance to the pages of today’s home decor magazines. Whimsical and worldly, these eclectic collections – or even just a few of your favourite objects – can be incorporated into any home, with the right eye. To show us how to live with historical objects in modern ways, we turned to Judy Kim, food stylist, photographer and floral designer, who curated objects from our upcoming Collections & Curiosities and Collections: European Decorative Arts auctions to create eight Kunstkammer-inspired vignettes. Click ahead to find ways to style everything from a gem-set ostrich figure to deep-sea-inspired silver settings. Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics & Objects of Vertu 19 October | New York Collections: European Decorative Arts 27 October | New York
Perhaps you’re feeling a bit out of sync with your stars due to the lingering effects of August's eclipse. No need to worry – the Furniture & Decorative Arts team has looked into your horoscope and found the perfect objects to help you recalibrate this month. From globes that will inspire an energetic Capricorn to a soft rug for a nesting Aries, our fall sales are filled with furniture, silver, ceramics and more to satisfy every star sign. To view these treasures in person, visit the exhibition in our New York galleries from 13 October to 27 October. Collections & Curiosities: Silver, Ceramics and Objects of Vertu 19 October | New York Collections: European Decorative Arts 27 October | New York
2017 so far has seen exceptional prices for British and European Ceramics at Sotheby’s including this rare and unrecorded Sèvres déjeuner painted by Charles-Nicolas Dodin in 1775 which achieved £150,000.
Sotheby’s is now accepting consignments for our London and New York sales to be held in Autumn/Winter 2017. For a valuation please contact one of our specialists.
A Venetian Legacy – An Italian Private Collection
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