Sotheby's is honored to present Chinese art and European decorative art from the collection of Lucie and Walter Rosen, a prominent New York couple best-known today for founding Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York. The works on offer were acquired by the Rosens to fill both their New York City residence on Rockefeller Row as well as the Rosen House, their home on the Westchester County estate that today is the site of Caramoor. Today these objects illustrate a unique moment in the first half of the 20th century, when a small number of pioneering American collectors began to acquire magnificent works of art and objects from around the globe.

Sotheby's will offer property from the Rosen’s collection in two dedicated auctions in New York this spring: the first on 16 March offering Chinese Art during Asia Week, and the second on 12 April offering European Decorative Arts during Decorative Arts Week. The full proceeds of the sales will support the ongoing care of Rosen House and the fine and decorative art housed there. A dedicated sale of Chinese Art from the Rosen House will feature a broad range of Liao to Qing Dynasty ceramics and works of art, many of which were acquired by the Rosens in the mid-20th century. The sale will be led by an exceptional selection of Imperial enameled metal wares dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

In April, Sotheby’s will hold a dedicated auction of European decorative arts from Caramoor. Walter and Lucie Rosen purchased these works during their trips overseas, and their passion for collecting is seen throughout the extensive group. This assemblage most closely focuses on 18th-century furniture from England, Italy, and Germany, with mid-18th century Venice being particularly well-represented. A highlight of the furniture selection is a German Rococo Silvered and Gilt-Gessoed Bombé Commode, created in Dresden or Potsdam in the mid-18th century (estimate: $70,000 - $100,000).


Auctions

Chinese Art from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
15 March | 2:00 PM
Sale Total: 2,360,177 USD

European Decorative Arts from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
12 April | 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sale Total: 1,351,833 USD

European Decorative Arts from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
A SWISS TAPESTRY DEPICTING THE STORY OF SAMSON AND DELILAH CIRCA 1510-1520, BASEL
Lot Sold: 274,000 USD
European Decorative Arts from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
A GERMAN ROCOCO POLYCHROME-DECORATED AND PARCEL-GILT COMMODE POSTDAM OR DRESDEN, MID-18TH CENTURY
Lot Sold: 70,000 USD
Chinese Art from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PAIR OF BEIJING ENAMEL 'PEACH AND BAT' VASES
QIANLONG MARKS AND PERIOD
Lot Sold: 274,000 USD
Chinese Art from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
A RARE AND IMPRESSIVE CLOISONNE-ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE FIVE-PIECE ALTAR GARNITURE (WUGONG)
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Lot Sold: 550,000 USD
Chinese Art from Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF GILT-BRONZE AND PASTE-SET LANTERNS
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Lot Sold: 670,000 USD