This April, Sotheby’s is pleased to offer to the international market a wide selection of 19th century furniture, decorative arts and sculpture including offerings from several important private collections. The sale begins with a selection of lots from the collection of Carl DeSantis, including several fine examples of micromosaics and sculpture. Lots 111 through 125 are from a private New York collection that includes work by Léon Messagé, François Linke, Joseph Emmanuel-Zwiener, Henry Dasson and Cristallerie de Baccarat. Lots 85 through 91 are property of a private European collector and features a Louis XVI style commode after a model by Jean-Henri Riesener.
Finally, lots 51 through 60 are from the preserved turn-of-the-century interior of the Harold Brown Villa in Newport, Rhode Island. Harold Brown, descendent of Chad Brown, one of the founders of Rhode Island and uncle of Eileen S.S. Gillespie Slocum, purchased the estate following his marriage to Georgette Wetmore Sherman. He subsequently contracted Dudley Newton to design the Scottish baronial style exterior in 1893-1894. Upon returning from a honeymoon in Paris spent acquiring period Napoleonic furnishings, the Browns contracted the celebrated architect and designer Ogden Codman and co-author of Edith Wharton’s Decoration of Houses to design a suitable interior in which to display their new collection. After revising the interior layout to replicate the more formal mode of eighteenth-century French architecture, Codman decorated the spaces with the finest contemporary Louis XVI and Empire style furnishings.