Style on Sunset : 'Grand Salon' Elegance to Highlight Sunset Estate Auction in November

  • LOS ANGELES, California
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  • October 28, 2009

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The November 8th, 300-lot Los Angeles-based sale will feature pieces from François Linke and Paul Sormani, KPM and Meissen porcelain, beautiful examples of gilt bronze and lighting fixtures as well as a discerning selection of furniture, decorative and fine arts from across Europe.
Bonhams & Butterfields

Style on Sunset: 'Grand Salon' Elegance to Highlight Sunset Estate Auction in November at Bonhams & Butterfields

International fine arts auctioneers, Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to announce the November 15-16, 2009 Sunset Estate Auction in Los Angeles.  The thematic monthly sale will highlight 'Grand Salon' style and feature works from the 16th century, Spanish Baroque, Georgian and Louis XIV to 20th century modern periods as well as items from the present day. 

Enjoy entertaining at home in the 'Salon' tradition surrounded by unique tables, seating, lighting, works of art, books, silver, rugs, objects of curiosity and Natural History fossils from prominent Southern California collections.  Designed to inspire conversation, provoke laughter and bring people together, the 'Grand Salon' at Bonhams & Butterfields delivers great values on one-of-kind items, diverse style and inspirational designs at affordable prices. 

Highlights from the November sale will include property from the estate of noted Orange County Philanthropist Elizabeth Colyear Vincent, Newport Beach, California.  Mrs. Vincent, a fifth generation Californian, was born in Los Angeles, California on May 24, 1914.   She was the second child of self-made California businessman Curtis Calhoun Colyear, founder of Colyear's New and Secondhand Furniture, a downtown Los Angeles institution in the early 1900s.  In 1912, Curtis Colyear incorporated Colyear Motor Sales Company, which would ultimately become the largest independent distributor of automotive replacement parts on the West Coast until it merged with another company in 1965.

In 1976, Mrs. Vincent settled in a Georgian Colonial house on the prestigious Harbor Island in Newport Beach, California.  There, she was able to surround herself with all her passions - with an incredible collection of orchids; the 96-foot Nordic Star yacht; arts; antiques; friends and family, whom she entertained frequently. 

"Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to offer items from the Estate of Elizabeth Colyear Vincent during the November Style on Sunset auction.  The mid-fall sale reflects the true meaning of the term 'grand salon' by offering a robust selection of 18th and 19th century works from the Vincent home and other noted Southern California estates as well as items and selected curiosities designed to inspire the generous host in us all," said Carolyn Mani, Department Director, Sunset Estate Auctions at Bonhams & Butterfields.

Featured highlights from the Estate of Elizabeth Colyear Vincent will include a pair of Louis XVI style commodes (est. $1500-000); an Austrian acajou and marquetry inlaid twelve tune music box (est. $1500-2000) and a pair of Bohemian ruby flashed baluster form glass portrait vases (est. $700-900). 

In addition to property from the Estate of Elizabeth Colyear Vincent, furniture and decorations from other consignors including works by Icart, Renoir, and Chagall will also be featured. A 1991 Bentley Turbo R (est. $ 18,000-25,000); a circa 1900 Regency style inlaid mahogany cylinder desk by Maple & Co. (est. $2,000-3,000) and a pair of Italian glazed earthenware blackamoor figures (est. $2,000-3,000), are among the items of note. 

More than 300 lots of estate jewelry and gemstones will also be featured.  These will be offered during the Monday session of the auction, on November 16th and include select pieces from the Estate of Elizabeth Colyear Vincent.  Highlights include a set of three charming enamel, mother-of-pearl, stone and gold insect brooches (est. $450-650); two pieces by Tiffany & Co red enamel, diamond and 18k gold floral brooch (est. $500-700) and an 18k rose gold delicate link bracelet (est. $500-700) as well as a selection of four lovely necklaces and two bracelets of enamel and sterling silver of leaf motif, signed David Anderson, Norway (est. $450-650).

The illustrated catalog will be the available online at in the weeks preceding the sale. 

Preview: November 13-15, 2009, Los Angeles

Auction: November 15-16, 2009, Los Angeles

A selection of rare interior images of the Vincent home on Harbor Island, Newport Beach, California are available to journalists covering the story.  Please contact the Public Relations Department in Los Angeles at (310) 567-7990 for further details.

The majority of the property from Elizabeth Colyear Vincent's vast collection will be offered during a single owner auction at Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles on November 8, 2009 with selected items of Jewelry in New York on December 16, 2009.  (See separate press release) 


Press Contact: Jannelle Grigsby (310) 567-7990

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