Weschler's October Auction Features Paperweight Collection and Single-Owner Estate

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  • October 10, 2013

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Louis XVI Ormolu Mounted Marble and Slate Mantel Clock ($7,000-$9,000)
Clichy Spaced Millefiori Paperweight ($1,000-$2,000)

Weschler’s upcoming October auction will feature two different sales—Property from a Virginia Collection, to be held at 10am on Friday, October 25th, and Paperweights from the Collection of William H. Blanning, to be held the same day at 1pm. The former sale will feature an array of European furniture, fine art and decorations while the latter will focus exclusively on glass paperweights.

Furniture highlights include a pair of Louis XVI ormolu mounted marble top consoles ($12,000-$18,000), each with four fluted legs joined by a galleried stretcher shelf; Louis XVI Style ormolu mounted satinwood parquetry tulipwood marble top bouillotte table signed François Linke ($5,000-$7,000); and a Louis XV/XVI ormolu mounted kingwood parquetry marble top semainier featuring a breakfront case with seven drawers ($5,000-$7,000).

The decorative arts selection features a number of clocks, candelabra, candlesticks and sculptures. Highlights include a Louis XVI ormolu mounted marble and slate mantel clock ($7,000-$9,000); a pair of Charles X ormolu figural five-light candelabra depicting Mercury and Cloris, each supporting candle arms ($8,000-$12,000); a pair of French ormolu mounted bisque candlesticks signed Nast ($4,000-$6,000); and a bronze sculpture of Bacchante Riding a Goat ($2,500-$3,500), after a model by Phillipe-Laurent Roland.

The paperweight collection of Mr. William H. Blanning, an avid admirer of American Craft, was amassed over a forty-year period. His appreciation of the pieces led him to develop friendships with their creators and many of the works were purchased directly from the artists. The collection includes a colorful array of botanical pieces and is a grand representation of the artistry with which paperweights are made.

Highlights from Blanning’s collection include a Charles Kaziun chrysanthemum miniature pedestal paperweight ($400-$600); a Paul Stankard wedding bouquet faceted paperweight ($800-$1,200); a Rick Ayotte blueberry bouquet magnum paperweight ($800-$1,200); and a Clichy spaced millefiori paperweight ($1,000-$2,000).

Louis XV/XVI Ormolu Mounted Kingwood Parquetry Marble Top Semainier ($5,000-$7,000)

Exhibition for the auction will be held October 19-24 at Weschler’s second floor gallery, located at 909 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. Exhibition hours and a complete illustrated catalogue are available at www.weschlers.com.


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909 E Street NW
Washington, DC
About Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Weschler's has been an auction tradition in the nation's capital for over 120 years, earning a reputation of trust and reliability. As one of the nation's leading auctioneers and appraisers and as Washington D.C.'s only auction house, Weschler's has been in the unique position to auction property from many prominent Washingtonians such as Katherine Graham, Honorable and Mrs. William McChesney Martin, Jr., Ella Poe Burling, Marshall Coyne, Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, Ambassador and Mrs. Philip Bonsal, Lawrence Lomax, as well as furnishings from the Barney Studio House. Weschler's holds at least six Capital Collections estate auctions each season, featuring European & American furniture and decorations; paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture; jewelry, coins and watches; 20th century decorative arts; Asian works of art; and rugs, carpets and tapestries. To complement our Capital Collections estate auctions, every week Weschler's holds Metro auctions with offerings including reproduction furniture, period pieces, rugs, artwork, silver, jewelry, collectibles, books and general household goods.

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