Our 6 June auction of 19th Century Furniture and Decorative Art realized $2.4 million. Leading the sale was a life size carved Carrara marble sculpture representing "Apollo and Daphne" after Gian Lorenzo Bernini, circa 1900 that sold $245,000, well above the pre-sale estimate of $40,000 and shown here.
Also performing strongly was a François Linke's gilt bronze mounted kingwood veneered vitrine made in paris in the early 20th century that sold for $209,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $100,000.
Continuing to offer the pieces made by the best cabinet makers and firms of the 19th century, this spring Sotheby’s is delighted to present to the international market several established private collections. We are excited to offer “An extensive collection of E.F. Caldwell articles from the Property of Albert R. Nesle”; a highlightofthis group, made at the turn of the century in New York, is a large galvanoplasty mounted red velvet cigar trunk made for Benson & Hedges. We are also pleased to offer “Property from a Private Midwest Collection” of 19th century furniture and sculpture, as well as “A Private Midwestern Collection of Micromosaics”.Another highlight of this sale is a group of four life size carved mahogany allegorical figures, which once flanked the grand stairway of the Maison Krieger stand at the 1889 Paris Exhibition Universelle.