Highlights of Style: Private Collections

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Sourced from throughout Europe, lots in the upcoming Style: Private Collections sale provide the highest quality examples of craftsmanship, trends and materials in pottery, fabrics and furniture. Highlights include an intricately decorated Louis XV commode, a complete set of dining chairs designed by the renowned architect James Wyatt and a rare clock thought to be the earliest to show automatically the difference between Solar Time and Mean Solar Time.
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Highlights of Style: Private Collections

  • Property from an important European Private Collection
    A Louis XV gilt-bronze-mounted Chinese lacquer commode, circa 1760, by Adrien Delorme and Laurent Felix
    Estimate £100,000–150,000
    The present commode is a splendid example of the taste for exoticism under the reign of Louis XV and the use of lacquer panels on furniture pieces. Delorme's reputation as a craftsman in marquetry was such that he was mentioned in contemporary almanacs as 'one of the most adept and renowned in the production of marquetry'.
  • Property from a European Private Collection
    A pair of Régence gilt-bronze mounted blanc-de-chine porcelain figures, as two-light candelabra, the mounts circa 1725-30, the porcelain Kangxi period
    Estimate £15,000–25,000
    These blanc-de-chine porcelain figures are typical of the production from the beginning of the 18th century of the porcelain factories of Dehua, Fujian province, in southeastern China. The beauty, simplicity and structural form of this extraordinary porcelain captivated the West.
  • Property from an important European Private Collection
    A Louis XV gilt-bronze-mounted red Chinese lacquer and vernis martin commode, circa 1750, by Jacques Dubois
    Estimate £150,000–250,000
    This commode epitomizes the fascination for the Orient from the first half of the 18th century and is a superb example of a rare red lacquer furniture executed by one of the most distinguished ébénistes. The French ébéniste Jacques Dubois, remains an undeniable master of the rococo style here illustrated through his mounts and his use of lacquer.
  • The Consuelo Vanderbilt Guéridon
    A Russian neoclassical gilt-bronze guéridon, late 18th century
    Estimate £40,000–60,000
    Guéridons were popularized in France from the end of the 18th century and were extremely fashionable during the Directoire period. The Russian guéridons like this one combine well-cut stone with an incredible rich use of gilding matched and a clear attention to the smallest details especially in the execution of the restrained neoclassical gilt-bronze mounts, altogether pointing to a flawless quality.
  • The 'Wyatt Pattern' Dining Chairs
    A set of eighteen George III mahogany dining chairs, circa 1775, attributed to Gillows after a design by James Wyatt
    Estimate £150,000–250,000
    This remarkable set of chairs combine the sophisticated and elegant designs of James Wyatt, a pre-eminent neo-classical architect of the 18th century, with the superb craftsmanship and quality of one of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries most celebrated workshops, that of Gillows of Lancaster and London.
  • 'The Hope Desk'
    A Regency mahogany twin-pedestal desk, early 19th century, in the manner of Thomas Hope
    Estimate £80,000–120,000
    This exceptional mahogany pedestal desk betrays the influence Thomas Hope, the celebrated arbiter of early Regency taste. The form relates to a ‘large library or writing-table’ in Hope’s seminal publication Household Furniture and Interior Decoration from 1807, in which he explains that the distinctive antefixae adorned pediments recall the ‘shape of ancient Greek house roofs’.
  • Property from an important European Private Collection
    An extensive Royal Copenhagen 'Flora Danica' porcelain part service, late 20th century
    Estimate £50,000–80,000
    The Royal Copenhagen manufacture executed the first Flora Danica service circa 1790 following a commission by King Christian VII of Denmark for the Empress Catherine II of Russia, also known as Catherine the Great. Each plate and dish is finely painted with a botanical specimen, identified in Latin on the underside.
  • Property from the collection of Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher
    A Louis XIV gilt-bronze mounted première-partie brass and turtleshell Boulle marquetry and ebony commode, circa 1710
    Estimate £20,000–30,000
    This present commode is part of a group of similar furniture pieces dating from around 1700-1720 and traditionally attributed to the ébéniste Nicolas Sageot. The top of the present commode is particularly rare among contemporary examples, which were then typically designed after drawings by Jean Berain: gently rounded, the central scene represents the Triumph of Bacchus.
  • Property from an important European Private Collection
    A Franco-Flemish armorial tapestry, early 16th century, and later
    Estimate £40,000–60,000
    This rare tapestry, with the coat-of-arms of Robert Chabot and Antoinette d'Illiers, was woven as part of a suite of tapestries of identical design. The Chabot family were prominent in the 15th and 16th century, and established in several regions of France as comtes de Jarnac, barons de Retz, vicomtes de Tramecourt and seigneurs of regions such as Poitou, but most notably as the ducs de Rohan and princes de Léon.
  • Property from an Important Private Collection
    An early astronomical and equation clock movement and dial, Jac Willmore, Malines, dated 1711
    Estimate £40,000–60,000
    This very rare and complicated clock is possibly the earliest clock to show automatically the difference between Solar Time and Mean Solar Time, making the setting of the clock by consulting a sundial relatively straightforward. Malines, in Belgium, was a prosperous and cultural city in the early 18th century and regarded as a centre for Arts and Science. This is reflected in the manufacture of this complicated masterpiece.

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