On October 26, 2012 Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a fine assortment of furniture and decorations, works of art, ceramics and carpets as well as a large selection of silver and vertu in its Important English and European Decorative Arts sale. Works of French, English, German, Italian and Swedish origin from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century will be included in the sale. Highlights from the auction are a pair of important George II painted marble top pier tables in the manner of William Kent, circa 1730, a fine Louis XV ormolu-mounted Kingwood bois satiné and tulipwood parquetry commode by Mathieu Criaerd, circa 1745-49, an important Louis XIV ormolu-mounted and tortoiseshell-veneered barometer and thermometer, circa 1700, a fine George II silver two-handled cake basket by Paul de Lamerie, 1732, a magnificent German gold and mother-of-pearl snuff box, possibly Dresden, circa 1745, a pair of Meissen Herring Gulls, circa 1750, formerly in the Rothschild Collection, a Beauvais Chinoiserie tapestry panel, depicting 'The Empress's Tea', from a series of The Emperor of China, a fine Ziegler Mahal Carpet, late 19th century, and a rare Kum Kapi prayer rug by the master-weaver Avedis Tamishjian.
Please note that the box is stamped at the back interior rim with Cartier number 4405.
Please note that the lead in should read: A gold snuff box, probably German.
Please note that the pair to this basket is in the Gans Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Please note that the property designation for this lot should read: Property of a Lady (Lots 158-159)
Please note that this carpet has been reduced in length.
Please note that the correct estimates for this carpet are $25-35,000.
Please note that this property contains restricted materials that may be subject to restrictions regarding import or export.
Please note this lot is incorrectly labeled as lot 199 in the printed catalogue. It is correctly shown on exhibition.
Please note this lot is incorrectly labeled as lot 198 in the printed catalogue. It is correctly shown on exhibition.
Please note that the guarantee line should read: A pair of white-painted pine marble top pier tables in the manner of William Kent
Please note that the property designation for this lot should read: Property of a Lady (Lots 214-215)
Please note that the black knight is missing from the set of chessmen.
Please also note that this property contains restricted materials that may be subject to restrictions regarding import or export.
Please note that this lot is lacking the ormolu-mounted porcelain basket. Please also note that the estimates for this lot have been amended to $6,000-$9,000.
Please note that one claw of one of the parakeets has been broken off, but has been retained.
Please note that this tapestry was made in Antwerp by the Wauters factory after a design by Abraham van Diepenbeeck.
Please note the provence includes:
By repute the collection of John Pierpont Morgan
Thence by descent to his daughter Mrs. Juliet Hamilton (Morgan)
The Collection of Helene E. Merrick
Purchased from the above by the present owner
Please note that this tapestry depicts Apollo and the Hydra rather than Saint Geroge and the Dragon as published in the catalogue.