Decorative Arts Week

23–25 October 2019 | New York
Sotheby's is proud to present two exquisite single-owner collections alongside two days of furniture, silver and ceramics during this season's Decorative Arts Week.


Wedgwood and Beyond: English Ceramics from the Starr Collection

A Wedgwood and Bentley ‘Portland Vase’, late 18th century, $5,000–7,000

Unarguably one of the best in its category, the Starr Collection of English Ceramics was formed over fifty years with great passion and attention to detail. The collection reflects the diverse production of the Wedgwood manufactory, this year celebrating its 260th anniversary, and encompasses 18th century Wedgwood jasperwares, agatewares, black basalts and encaustic vases; as well as Chelsea porcelain, superb Minton pâte-sur-pâte designed by Marc Louis Emmanuel Solon, and over twenty pieces of reticulated Royal Worcester designed by George Owen.


Selected Meissen and Other Ceramics from The Collection of Henry H. Arnhold

A Meissen bust of the Holy Roman Emperor Matthias, modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, circa 1745–46, $20,000–30,000

Building on a collection formed in Germany by his mother in the interwar period, the late Henry H. Arnhold assembled one of the greatest collections of Meissen porcelain, second only to that now found in the Porzellansammlung in Dresden. In a dedicated sale in October, Sotheby’s will offer from his collection a selection of early Meissen and European porcelains, as well as Chinese and Japanese porcelain wares relating to forms produced at the Meissen factory.


STYLE: Furniture, Silver, Ceramics

The Tureen “Aux Écrevisses”: A Louis XV silver Pot-a-Oille, cover, liner and stand, Thomas Germain, Paris, 1740–42, $2,000,000–3,000,000

Among this October’s offering of silver, ceramics, and furniture is an exceptional Louis XV silver tureen by the Royal silversmith Thomas Germain and a Louis XIV carpet woven for the Grande Galerie at the Louvre. Also featured is a selection of distinguished English and Continental furniture and decorative art from the Manhattan townhouse of Bernard & Josephine Chaus, decorated by Peter Marino.

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