Featuring a Selection of 17th-20th Century English, German and Japanese Military Helmets
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Weschler's October 22nd auction of European and American Furniture and Decorations, including Asian Works of Art, will showcase a fine selection of 17th-20thcentury furnishings, decorations and fine art from local estates and private collections. Exhibition for the auction begins Saturday, October 15th at Weschler's downtown Washington, D.C. gallery.
Highlighting the sale is a selection of militaria from a Maryland estate, proceeds to benefit the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.. Among the offerings is a late 19th-early 20th century Prussian Garde de Corps pickelhaube with parade eagle ($5,000-$10,000) and a 19th century British Victorian First Royal Dragoon helmet, S. Firmin & Sons ($2,000-$4,000).
Other standouts among the European decorative arts include a large collection of Wedgwood black basalt, with a pair of 'Sacred to Neptune and Bacchus' ewers leading the offerings, bearing a pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$7,000. Two Berlin K.P.M. porcelain plaques, the first, of Queen Louise, after Gustav Richter, circa 1900 ($5,000-$7,000) and the second, of Philippine Welser, after Friedrich August von Kaulbach, circa 1900 ($2,000-$4,000); and a Derby topographical part dessert service in the manner of Zachariah Boreman, circa 1785-1790, will also be on the auction block and is expected to bring $4,000-$6,000.
Showcasing European furnishings is a Louis XV-XVI ormolu mounted parquetry kingwood and tulipwood marble top serpentine commode, stamped I B Hedouin, JME, circa 1750 ($3,000-$5,000); a Louis XVI light blue and greenish-gray painted bergère, stamped I* B*, circa 1780 ($3,000-$5,000); an early 20th century Syrian mother-of-pearl, bone and fruitwood parquetry three-piece salon suite ($2,000-$4,000); a pair of late 18th century Continental Neoclassical giltwood mirrors, possibly Austrian ($8,000-$12,000); and an Edwardian parcel gilt mother-of-pearl and brass inlaid marquetry and parquetry satinwood breakfast table, circa 1900, estimated to bring $2,000-$4,000.
Americana offerings include two Chippendale chest of drawers, the first, probably Petersburg, VA, circa 1790 ($2,000-$4,000) and the second, probably from the Shenandoah Valley, VA, circa 1770 ($2,000-$3,000); two pine corner cupboards, the first, attributed to Thomas Ralph or Family, Sussex County, DE, circa 1810 ($3,000-$5,000) and the second, painted pale olive gray and pumpkin with black trim, possibly from the Lehigh Valley, PA, circa 1810, is expected to bring $2,000-$4,000.
Highlighting the silver offerings is a set of four Tiffany & Co. sterling candlesticks, New York, 1907-1938 ($4,000-$6,000); a pair of Tiffany & Co. sterling tazzas, New York, 1907-1938 ($2,000-$3,000); an American repoussé silver footed salver by Andrew Ellicott Warner, Baltimore, 1850-1860 ($700-$900); a set of four George II weighted silver candlesticks by Peter Werritzer, London, circa 1751 ($3,000-$5,000); a George III silver two-handled covered urn by Benjamin Laver, London, 1782 ($2,000-$3,000); a French silver oval covered tureen by Ernest Cardeilhac, Paris, circa 1900 ($3,000-$5,000); an Italian Neoclassical style silver teapot, Naples, 1832-1872 ($3,000-$5,000) and a selection of silver-plated Christofle serving pieces round out the offerings with estimates ranging from $500-$2,500.
Standouts among Asian works of art are a selection of Indian sculptures consigned from a Virginia collector, featuring a Northeastern Indian 11th-12th century black stone stele of Vishnu with Lakshmi and Sarasvati, from the Pala period ($5,000-$10,000); a group of Japanese earthenware from the Meiji period (1868-1912) including a floor vase inscribed Dai-Nippon Kyoto Kinko-zo ($800-$1,200) and a censer (Koro) signed in gold Dai-Nippon Satsuma-yaki Yuzan zo ($500-$700); and a Chinese blue and white 'Kilin' jar from the Ming Dynasty, 14th-16th century AD ($3,000-$5,000). A pair of Chinese 'Famille Rose' and yellow ground shallow bowls, each with red four characters Tongzhi mark and period (1862-1874) round out the offerings and carry a $800-$1,200 pre-sale estimate.
Among the fine art offerings, two Chinese Export School oils from a Virginia collection take center stage. The oils, Whampoa Anchorage and The Hongs of Canton are each estimated to bring $8,000-$12,000. In addition, two bronze sculptures of La Porteuse and La Guerrier Arabe by French artist Jean-Jules Salmson (1823-1902) will be offered and are expected to bring between $6,000 and $8,000.
A circa 1900 Serapi rug ($8,000-$12,000) and a late 19th century Aubusson rug ($2,000 to $3,000) are two of the over 30 rugs to be offered.
For more information, contact our specialists at (202) 628-1281. The items may be viewed online at www.weschlers.com.
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