This October, Sotheby’s is pleased to offer to the international market a wide selection of 19th century furniture, decorative arts and sculpture, with a special section devoted to silver. One of the sale’s most outstanding lots is an art-case grand piano à queue by Joseph-Émmanuel Zwiener with a musical instrument by Steinway and Sons. The piano was produced in Hamburg in 1902-1904 and the quality and sculptural artistry of the mounts suggest that they were made by either Otto Rohloff or Léon Messagé, two of the most gifted artists to work with Zwiener. Also included in the sale are exceptional works by renowned furniture makers François Linke, Antoine Krieger, Henry Dasson and Paul Sormani and firms such as Cristalleries de Baccarat, Christofle & Cie and E.F. Caldwell & Company. A notable example of the furniture offering is a cylinder desk attributed to Paul Sormani. The desk is the same design as one that he exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, produced after an eighteenth-century model currently in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (accession number 1043:3-1882).
Highlights from the 24 October sale of 19th Century Furniture and Decorative Arts included an art-case grand piano a queue by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener with a musical instrument by Steinway and Sons, which achieved $422,500, well above the high estimate of $300,000. A very fine pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted sevres style cobalt blue ground porcelain vases brought $104,500, nearly three times the high estimate of $35,000.