Furniture and decorative art from The Textile Museum will be part of Weschler’s spring auction, held on Friday, May 9, 2014. The Textile Museum is moving out of their historic Kalorama location to their new home at The George Washington University. Items to be auctioned include furnishings from the S Street home of The Textile Museum founder, George Hewitt Myers. Highlights include a federal satinwood and figured Birchwood inlaid mahogany secretary-bookcase attributed to the workshop of John and Thomas Seymour, circa 1805 ($3,000-$5,000), a Spanish Baroque walnut and wrought-iron refectory table composed of 17th century elements ($2,000-$4,000), a George II-III oak settle ($1,000-$2,000), and an Italian Baroque walnut credenza composed of 16th-17th century elements ($2,000-$3,000).
A pair of gilt bronze andirons designed by sculptor Alberto Giacometti for Nelson Rockefeller and reproduced for Neiman Marcus ($2,000-$3,000) will be one of the many decorative art highlights. In 1978, the pair was reproduced in limited edition by the Nelson Rockefeller Collection to be sold through the exclusive department store. The originals were designed for Mr. Rockefeller’s New York apartment, circa 1936. Other decorative art highlights include two 19th century barometer sets; one, a Louis XVI style ormolu cartel clock and barometer set ($20,000-$30,000) and the other, Napoleon III ormolu mounted Boulle marquetry ebonized wood barometer and thermometer set by Gervais-Maximilien-Eugène Durand ($10,000-$15,000). Two Louis Vuitton luggage items will also be featured; a wardrobe trunk ($2,000-$3,000) and a hard-sided suitcase ($800-$1,200).
Paintings by Charles Courtney Curran and John Fabian Carlson stand out amongst the robust fine art selections. The Hill Top ($10,000-$20,000) and Morning Sun ($15,000-$25,000) by Curran and Carlson, respectively, serve as prime examples of American Impressionism. Two colorful works by American abstract expressionist Robert Natkin (each between $3,000-$7,000) and three prints from British pop artist Russell Young’s infamous celebrity mugshot series (each between $1,000-$12,000) round out the contemporary offerings.
A number of Chinese export pieces from the Daoguang-Xianfeng period will be the focal point of Asian works of art. Items include a large ‘Famille Rose’ Medallion floor vase ($3,000-$5,000), a pair of ‘Famille Rose’ Medallion gu-form vases ($1,500-$2,500), and a Louis XV style ormolu mounted ‘Mandarin Palette’ bowl (bowl from the Daoguang-Xianfeng Period and ormolu from the 20th Century) ($1,500-$2,500).
The sale will also include a fine selection of jewelry, silver and rugs. Exhibition will be held May 3-8 at Weschler’s second floor gallery, located at 909 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Exhibition hours and a complete illustrated catalogue as well as online bidding options are available online at www.weschlers.com.
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