The new fall Versace collection may be on everyone’s wish list in the fashion world, but the old Versace collection is the main focus of the auction world on September 28th, thanks to Clarke Auction.
Clarke Auction will feature many lots of furniture and decorative arts from the Gianni Versace collection, originally sold through Sotheby’s in several important sales throughout the 2000s. The importance of the collection has not diminished, as this particular segment was not available to the market since the original sale. The range of the collection, from antique through deco to decorative, speaks to the opulence that the Versace name instills.
The featured lots of furniture include several bronze mounted antique Thormire quality pieces, including an exquisite and large mounted and gilt decorated Empire Mahogany cheval mirror estimated at a modest $2,000/$3,000, a beautiful bronze mounted antique Continental expanding center table with high quality Dore ram’s heads to be sold at an estimate of $2,000/$3,000, as well as several finely executed mahogany and bronze mounted consoles estimated at $1,000/$1,500 for a single and pair respectfully.
The craftsmanship in the bronze work and classical design of the mountings on the furniture is also displayed through several mahogany and bronze mounted beds that range in estimate from $600/$900 to $800/$1,200 each. Clarke will also feature a set of 14 Empire style bronze mounted dining chairs to be listed at $2,000/$3,000, and pair of Deco framed zebra upholstered chairs for $1,000/$1,500.
The spectrum of quality furniture does not rest merely on antiques. The collection travels beyond the traditional to bring specialty to the ordinary. An amazing pair of large upholstered armchairs and ottomans will also be featured. While upholstered and more contemporary furniture may seem ordinary, it becomes more than special when covered in an unbelievable Versace silk. The pair once brought huge prices at auction, but they will be estimated as representatives of a changed market for $600/$900 together.
Also in the realm of extrodinary is a oversized concert grand piano by Bluthner to be sold for an estimated $3,000/$5,000.
Besides furniture, the multitude of decorative arts is an exemplary branch of the collection. A 19th century bronze Athenienne on gray marble base ($1,000/$1,500) is singularly a microcosm of the nature of the full decorative art collection. It continues with a Dore ram’s head mounted tri-leg pedestal with marble top to be offered at a $800/$1,200 estimate, as well as a large contemporary bronze urn with snake form handles. There will also be several lots of marble relief plaques and busts the classical style.
The collection also features many important works of fine art including a large pair of ink drawings by Luigi Ademollo which will be offered at $2,000/$3,000 as a lot, a large pair of allegorical oil paintings depicting Clemence and Strength with a $3,000/$5,000 estimate for both, and a Henry Moore lithograph to be offered at an estimate of $800/$1,200 on September 28th.
Chinese and Asian works, while not predominant in the collection, still remain important in the market today and will represent the Versace collection with a Palace sized Famille Verte vase listed with a conservative $800/$1,200 estimate alongside a pair of large Japanese tessellated decorative urn style objects to be sold for $600/$900.
For more information and full catalog listing please visit www.ClarkeNY.com/catalogs.
You may also see the in-house preview video with all of Clarke’s specialists at goo.gl/i2ABXe, or visit the gallery for previews Friday and Saturday, September 26th & 27th from 12pm to 6pm EST, or Sunday, September 28th (day of sale) from 10am to 12pm EST (start of sale).
For bidding registration and/or condition reports please email email@example.com or call the gallery directly at 914 833 8336.
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