The results of the Arts of Europe sale of English and Continental Furniture and the Decorative Arts, were highlighted by the prices for pieces from the different disciplines. A striking pair of Italian mother-of-pearl inlaid tulipwood, kingwood and marquetry commodes sold for £269,000, and a set of George III engraved mahogany, sycamore and tulipwood library steps, attributed to Mayhew and Ince, circa 1785 achieved £107,500. Further highlights of the sale included an impressive Louis XIV ormolu mounted turtleshell pedestal clock by Antoine Gaudron, a charming Meissen silver-gilt mounted yellow tea and coffee service, circa 1735-40, and a pair of Dutch silver double lipped sauceboats by Jan Diederik Pont, which sold for £87,500, £40,000 and £50,000 respectively.
This sale will include an evocative range of predominantly European items from the 18th through to the early 20th century, including English and Continental Furniture, Silver, Vertu, Tapestries, Clocks and Ceramics.
The English and Continental furniture includes striking pieces of workmanship, from the 18th and 19th centuries, including a George III mahogany commode, circa 1775, attributed to Mayhew and Ince; a near pair of gilt-bronze-mounted stained sycamore, tulipwood, kingwood, amaranth and parquetry commodes, Louis XV/XVI, Transitional, circa 1778; an Italian gilt-bronze mounted ivory and hardstone inlaid marquetry ebony cabinet, circa 1875; together with seat furniture and some unusual chandeliers. The silver section includes a range of pieces including a Victorian silver three-piece table garniture, Hunt & Roskell, London, 1848, and America is represented by a rare set of six pomegranate-form salts, Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, RI, 1890. There are some beautiful items of Vertu including a gold and enamel snuff box, J.F Bautte & Cie, Geneva, 1826-1837, and a pair of gold and pietre dure buckles, Johann Christian Neuber, German, circa 1770.
Tapestries woven depicting detailed landscapes with pastoral scenes are particularly well represented by four Flemish `Tenier’s’ Tapestries, after David Teniers the Younger, Brussels workshop of Jasper van der Borcht and Jeroen Le Clerc, from the 17th century, depicting the Kermesse, Gipsy Fortune Teller, Return from the Harvest and Milking scene.
The clock section includes good English clocks by Samuel Watson, Brounker Watts, George Prior and Eardley Norton. French clocks include a Directoire gilt and enamel table regulator, a fine gilt commemorative Napoleonic clock and a Louis XIV boulle pedestal clock. The ceramics section is represented by pieces of Minton, Meissen, Doccia Ginori, Paris, Samson, Ludwigsburg, Sèvres and Bottger stoneware, and there is a Pilkington Royal Lancastrian lustre wall charger by Walter Crane and William S. Mycock, dated 1918.