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WESCHLER’S NOVEMBER CAPITAL COLLECTIONS ESTATE AUCTION FEATURES DE HAAS’S MAINE SHORELINE

Washington, DC -- 31 October 2012
William Frederick de Haas, Maine Coastal Scene
William Frederick de Haas, Maine Coastal Scene
(Courtesy of Weschler's)
  • Empire Gentleman's Dressing Table

    Empire Gentleman's Dressing Table

    Courtesy of Weschler's

  • Wolf Kahn, Hidden Pond in Early Spring

    Wolf Kahn, Hidden Pond in Early Spring

    Courtesy of Weschler's

A monumental William Frederick de Haas (1830-1880) oil on canvas depicting The Maine Shoreline highlights Weschler's Capital Collections Estate Auction on November 16th.  In a private, local collection for over fifty years, the painting captures the solitude and vastness of the New England coastline and is an exceptional example of de Haas's work. The 38 x 58-inch painting is estimated to bring $40,000-$60,000, reflecting a renewed collector interest in American Luminist paintings.

Other works of art to be offered include: an oil on canvas,  Harvesting Hay in the Valley of Jungfrau by Herman Herzog (German/American 1832-1932), estimated at $30,000-$50,000; Giovanni Maria Benozzi's (Italian 1809-1873) carrara marble sculpture of Lillie Bradhurst, estimated at $30,000-$50,000;  an oil on canvas by Wolf Kahn (German/American b.1927) titled Hidden Pond in Early Spring, estimated at $20,000-$30,000;  a Chaim Gross (American 1904-1991) bronze sculpture, Baby Balancing III, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; fine lithographic works by Alphonse Mucha (Czech 1860-1939) and Bernard Buffet (French 1928-1999); as well as over 50 other works by American and European artists.

Collectors of Tiffany & Co. jewelry and sterling silver will be pleased with a large selection of lots including: a pair of 18-karat white-gold, cultured pearl and diamond chip earrings, estimated at $6,000-$8,000;  a platinum, cultured pearl and diamond 'Fireworks'  brooch, set with one large cultured pearl measuring 8.95 mm, surrounded by 142 round brilliant-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 2.85 carats, estimated at $5,000-$6,000; a sterling and cut glass tantalus, estimated at $1,000-$1,500; sterling flatware services in the Shell & Thread pattern, 82 pieces estimated at $3,000-$5,000 and English King pattern, 137 pieces estimated at $5,000-$8000.  Other sterling silver makers, such as S. Kirk & Son, Wallace, Gorham, Buccellati, and Reed & Barton are also well represented.

A selection of 18-karat yellow-gold watches will be offered by Cartier, Rolex and Patek Philippe, each estimated at $3,000-$5,000.  Fine jewelry lots include: a tested 18-karat yellow-gold and round, brilliant-cut diamond ring, weighing approximately 1.65 carats, estimated at $7,000-$9,000;  an Art Deco platinum, diamond and synthetic ruby cocktail bracelet, circa 1920, centered with one ascher-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.35 carats, estimated at $6,000-$8,000;  a 14-karat yellow and white-gold solitaire diamond ring, weighing approximately 1.70 carats, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; and a Russian18-karat white-gold and diamond cocktail bracelet, gross weight 24.1 dwt, estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

Standouts among the American furniture  include a fine Chippendale figured mahogany secretary bookcase, Massachusetts, circa 1770, estimated at $3,000-$5,000; a Federal brass mounted inlaid mahogany tall case clock by Nathan Tabor, Roxbury, Massachusetts, circa 1800, estimated at $8,000-$12,000;  and a Federal satinwood inlaid mahogany serpentine tambour ladies' writing desk, Massachusetts, circa 1805, estimated at $3,000-$5,000.  These highlights are complemented by a diverse selection of Pennsylvania corner cupboards, Queen Anne and Federal chests, sideboards, drop-leaf  tables, highboys, lowboys and pembroke tables.

Among the many fine Persian rugs and carpets to be offered are a Serapi rug, circa 1900 (12 ft 6 in x 9 ft 6 in), estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and a Mahal rug, 1st quarter 20th century (13ft 10 in x 10 ft 6 in), estimated at $5,000-$7,000.

Asian arts include a fine selection of Chinese porcelains, Chinese silver, jade and hardstone hand mirrors, fine Japanese woodblock prints, including a 96-sheet, accordion folding album of Oban tate-e by Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese 1835-1900) depicting actors, some forming diptychs and part triptychs, each signed, sealed and with title cartouches, some with date and publisher's seals, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

English and Continental furniture and decorations are well represented and include an impressive Dutch Rococo style marquetry walnut bombe side cabinet, composed of 19th century elements, estimated at $2,000-$3,000;  an Empire ormolu mounted parcel gilt and ebonized wood gentleman's dressing table, early 19th century, estimated at $4,000-$6,000;  a Charles X ormolu figural mantel clock, circa 1825, estimated at $2,000-$4,000;  a 63-piece Hermès 'Africa' dinner service, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; and an unusual Italian Baroque style walnut trompe l'oeil table desk with figural inkstand and stool, carved with an illusionistic draped tablecloth, estimated at $800-$1,200.

Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Mid-Century modern offerings include a Majorelle fruitwood marquetry carved walnut and kingwood 'Les Blés Chicoreé' sideboard, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; a Gustav Stickley oak sideboard, estimated at $2,000-$4,000, and a fine set of eight sculptured metal dining chairs by Paul Evans, estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and matching glass top sculptured bronze dining table estimated at $7,000-$10,000.  Art pottery by Rookwood, Van Briggle and Pablo Picasso will be offered, as will art glass from Tiffany Studios and Quezal.

Exhibition begins November 10th at Weschler's 909 E Street, NW Gallery. For online bidding options and to see a complete illustrated catalogue for this auction please visit www.weschlers.com.  

 

About Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers:

Capital Collections Estate Auctions are held approximately 6 times a year and combine American & European furniture & decorations, Asian works of art, jewelry, coins & watches, paintings, prints, drawings & sculpture and 20th century decorative arts. The auctions are held on Fridays and are available for exhibit the Saturday prior to the sale through Thursday. An illustrated catalogue accompanies each sale and is available for purchase and online viewing.