Wedgwood ceramics and European furniture feature at Skinner, Inc sale



2015-06-26 10:35:08

Wedgwood ceramics and European furniture feature at Skinner, Inc sale

The upcoming Skinner, Inc. auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts will offers collectors a chance to acquire items including fine furniture, ceramics and sculpture.

The auction will feature a collection of more than 300 lots of British ceramics, including over 200 Wedgwood pieces. These will be sold alongside bronze and marbles sculptures, Russian icons, 18th and 19th century furniture and highly rare English glass stemware.

Topping the sale will be a superb late-19th century Mintons Pate-Sur-Pate Vase, featuring white slip decorations by the French artist Marc-Louis Solon. Standing 16” tall, the vase depicts an image of two maidens swinging a figure of Cupid and bears gilded handles and borders along with an inscribed signature. Regarded as highly important, the vase will be offered with an estimated price of $20,000 - $30,000.

Other notable ceramic lots include a black basalt Wedgwood & Bentley bust of the satirist Jonathan Swift, circa 1780, with an estimated value of $4,000 - $6,000; a 19th century Wedgwood Black Jasperware vase featuring the Apotheosis of Homer, priced at $3,000 - $5,000, and a partial 19th century Nast porcelain tea service – allegedly once owned by Napoleon – priced at $4,000 - $6,000.

Highlights of the sculpture section will include ‘Tennyson's Princess’ by the American artist William Couper. Dated 1882, the bust depicts Princess Ida - the main character of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 1847 poem ‘The Princess: A Medley’. Mounted upon a carved wood and velvet-upholstered column, the marble sculpture will be offered with an estimated price of $9,000 - $12,000.

Also featured are a 19th century Italian School marble sculpture of a woman reading, modelled in the classic style, valued at $6,000 – $10,000 and a sculpted figuring of an Egyptian Dancer, circa 1930, by the French artist Claire Jeanne Roberte Colinet valued at $4,000 - $6,000.

The selection of 18th and 19th century European furniture and objects will include a Louis XV-style bureau plat with an estimated price of $2,000 to $4,000, a French 19th century bronze elephant clock priced at $3,000 - $5,000 and two original Louis Vuitton trunks valued at $3,000 - $5,000 and $1,000 - $1,500 respectively.

The auction is set to take place on Saturday January 12, with previews on January 10-11.

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