This season Sotheby's is pleased to offer an extensive selection of fine European decorative arts in a three-session auction that will span over two days on March 30 and 31, 2011 after the sale Property of a Palm Beach Private Collector. The sale will include furniture and decorative objects not only from the European continent but also from England, and will additionally feature silver, porcelain, tapestries, and European and oriental carpets. Two single-owner collections will also be included in the auction: the collection of the iconic American interior designer Albert Hadley and the property of a New York Collector.
Furniture highlights of the sale include a pair of delicately-carved Louis XV giltwood fauteuils by René Cresson (lot 334), a monumental George IV mahogany center table in the manner of Gillows (lot 434), a Franconian early Rococo console table decorated with whimsical satyr masks (lot 689) and two fine pairs of Louis XVI ormolu three-branch wall lights (lots 730 and 733). Other notable lots are a pair of George II silver eagle-head sauce boats by Isaac Duke with matching ladles formerly in the collection of Mrs. Antenor Patiño (lot 552), a set of four George III silver candlesticks by Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill after a design by James Wyatt (lot 576), a seventeenth-century Brussels historical tapestry from the workshop of Geraert van der Strecken (lot 307), and a Charles X Aubusson carpet (lot 494)