Doyle will hold an auction of English and Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts, Including Old Master Paintings and Drawings on Wednesday, October 25 at 10am. The sale will present a broad selection of furniture and decorative arts, including Georgian silver, porcelain, mirrors, clocks, chandeliers, tapestries and rugs. Old Master paintings and drawings offer landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
Featured in the sale is property from the Estate of Anne Marie Aberbach. This exceptional collection comprises elegant French furniture and decorations assembled by Anne Marie Aberbach and her husband, music publisher Julian J. Aberbach, who worked with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Edith Piaf. Highlighting the collection is a transitional Louis XV/Louis XVI commode à la grecque that reflects the very high quality work of French cabinetmaker Simon Oeben, maître in 1769, and his brother, Jean-François, who was named ébéniste du roi in 1754 (est. $25,000-35,000). Two of the brothers’ important clients were the Marquise de Pompadour and the Duc de Choiseul, for whom they almost exclusively produced many commodes à la grecque.
The sale also offers property from the collection of acclaimed interior designer Anne Eisenhower. Her collection comprises stylish furniture and decorations ranging from a pair of impressive Regency style giltwood consoles supported by dolphins (est. $5,000-7,000) to a whimsical zebra-painted folding table designed by the legendary decorator Albert Hadley ($600-900).
Property from other collections and estates includes two fine examples of early 19th century Italian micromosaic. One is an impressive Neoclassical micro mosaic and specimen marble top centered by a scene of the Birds of Pliny, diameter 43 1/4 (est. $12,000-18,000) and the other a diminutive micromosaic plaque depicting a view of the Temple of Sibyl (or Vesta) in Tivoli, diameter 3 5/8 inches (est. $4,000-6,000).
The silver section of the sale features a magnificent George II cake basket dated 1742 by Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751), undoubtedly England’s greatest silversmith (est. $150,000-250,000). The basket form appealed to English aristocrats’ sense of whimsy, a reference to England’s agrarian past and the source of much of their wealth. This stunning example is from a selection of silver that has been in the collection of a prominent Philadelphia family for at least three generations. Other noteworthy silver includes examples by Paul Storr, John Wakelin and William Taylor, Charles Stuart Harris & Sons, and Buccellati.
Old Master paintings in the sale feature a portrait of two elegantly dressed noble children by a follower of the Swedish portait painter Michael Dahl, from a Palm Beach Collection (est. $10,000-20,000). By Dutch marine painter Hendrik van Minderhout (1632-1696) is a fantastic view of a “Turkish” port (est. $8,000-18,000). Still lifes offer a masterful Dutch depiction of a bounty of grapes, plums and other fruit on a table by Floris van Schooten (1590-1655) (est. $8,000-12,000).
French artist Jean-Jacques Bachelier (1724-1806) excelled at portraying the beloved pets of the 18th century French nobility. The sale offers an engaging picture of two pugs, which shows the dogs at play rather than formally posed – the convention earlier in the century – allowing us to see just how appealing his animal portraits could be (est. $8,000-12,000).
The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, October 21 through Monday, October 23. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The catalogue is available online at Doyle.com