This is a great auction from both a provenance and sale price event. Doris Duke simply collected and collected. There is a ton of stuff! Every interior designer and collecting buff should have their antenna on high because these prices are a treasure's hunters bliss. I only scratched the surface on the items on sale, this is an auction full of debris and desirableness with fabulous deals to be had. I would have loved to attend this auction and would love to hear from anyone who goes and its being held in my high school's hometown,Delbarton man here.
"MORRISTOWN, N.J. (ACNI) - Diverse antiques and art ranging from East Asia to the East Coast, all collected by an extraordinary woman, Doris Duke, will sell at auction Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3 at the Morristown Armory.
Millea Bros. Ltd., Madison, N.J., has been preparing the 850-lot auction of property from the Doris Duke estate since February. While much attention is focused on the Asian art in the sale, the late philanthropist's interests were wide-ranging."
Beautiful and eccentric Doris Duke was once the world's richest woman and her belongings have beget many an auction since her death in 1993. The latest is a two-day auction of property from her estate being held by Millea Bros. Ltd. Auctions & Appraisals at the Morristown Armory in Morristown, N.J. The auction will include 846 lots of objects that Doris Duke collected and lived with, including pieces from her collections of European furniture and decorative objects, silver, fine art, carpets, Asian art, lighting, draperies, statuary and automobiles. The auction's lots are created in an arrangement based on the Main Residence at Duke Farms. The auction catalog groups items under categories from the Crystal Room to the Hollywood Wing. Prices range from the inexpensive like the silver corncob holders should go for under $30 to to a pair of French Bronze torchieres by Val d'Osne foundries which are estimated to go for up to $12,000. Proceeds will benefit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation which issues grants to support the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and other causes.
Lot 498: Biedermeier style grain painted side table
Early 20th Century, with circular black glass inset top, 28"h x 30"dia. - Condition: overall poor, leg joints loosened, paint loss, shrinkage cracks - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Lot 495: Cartier jade mounted and lacquered silver box
Early 20th Century, rectangular in shape, the molded cover mounted with a carved green jade elephant on molded feet, marked "Cartier-Sterling - 7269", 2.5"h x 6.5"l x 3.5"d - Condition: overall poor, the majority of lacquer peeled and missing, otherwise good, possible small chip to ear - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Lot 491: Antique Louis XVI style giltwood console table
19th Century, the shaped marble top over a fluted frieze on round tapering fluted legs joined by stretchers with central flowering urn, 41.5"h x 70"l x 19.25"d - Condition: overall fair, gilding loss throughout, wear to marble top, molding loss to frieze, feet extended - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Lot 471: English sterling silver presentation box by Asprey & Co.
London, circa 1937, maker's marks those of Asprey & Co. Ltd., rectangular in shape, the lid with engraved map of Canada and U.S.A., no. "21619/36", 1.25"h x 6.75"l x 4"d, approx. 24.5 ozt. - Condition: overall good, light surface scratches and nicks - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Lot 420: Pair antique English brass andirons
19th Century, of column form with ionic capitals and ball finials, 28.5"h x 6"squ. - Condition: overall fair, log stands lacking, dents, nicks - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Lot 248: Antique Thai bronze Buddha torso
Probably Ayutthaya Period, with green/brown patina on custom hardwood stand, 19"h x 10.25"w x 3"d (excluding stand), 22"h (total) - Condition: overall good/fair, fragmentary, oxidized - Provenance: the Doris Duke Foundation
Lot 237: Antique Southeast Asian carved giltwood coffee table
Part 19th Century, probably Thai, the red painted rectangular top on mirror inlaid legs ending in ball feet, 17"h x 58"l x 25"d - Condition: overall fair, adapted, molding loss, general wear and abrasions, stains - Provenance: the Doris Duke Foundation
Lot 170: Pair antique Thai giltwood doors
18th/19th Century, with stylized floral carved frame, each: 57.5"h x 13"w - Condition: overall good, some gilding loss and damage, paint flaking - Provenance: the Doris Duke Foundation
Lot 150: Pair antique Chinese bronze and champleve enamel lanterns
19/20th Century, of pierced globular form decorated with phoenix, dragons and cloud bands, mounted as chandeliers, 28"h x 11"dia. - Condition: overall good, light oxidation - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, purchased from Yamanaka & Co., New York
Lot 100: Antique Thai lacquered bronze Buddha hand
Probably 17th Century, with long delicate out-stretched fingers, on fitted hardwood base, 10"h x 7"l x 2.5"w (excluding base), 12"h (total) - Condition: overall fair, oxidized, cracked, chips - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, purchased from Gumps, Honolulu, HI
Lot 94: Pair antique Southeast Asian carved and polychromed wood Norasingh
19th Century, Burma or North Thailand, the backs notched as a support, 26"h x 10"w x 13.5"d - Condition: overall fair/poor, general paint loss and distressed finish, shrinkage cracks, wood loss - Provenance: the Doris Duke Foundation
Lot 80: Antique Thai carved and lacquered wood low table
19th Century, the rectangular top over a shaped apron on cabriole legs ending in claw-and-ball feet, 10"h x 34"l x 16.75"d - Condition: overall fair, paint loss and finish distress, stain to top, shrinkage to top, chips - Provenance: the Doris Duke Foundation
Lot 59: Pair antique Chinese porcelain garden seats
Qing Dynasty, polygonal in shape with ruyi banding and foliate scroll decoration, 18"h x 12"squ. - Condition: overall good, scratches and scuffs to glaze, some flakes to studs, no significant damage or repairs observed - Provenance: the Doris Duke Foundation
Lot 58: Antique Thai lacquered wood scripture cabinet
18th/19th Century, the rectangular top over a tapering case fitted with 2 doors depicting a narrative scene on stile feet, 45"h x 30.75"w x 25.5"d - Condition: overall fair, general finish wear and wood distress consistent with age and use, lacquer loss, rubbing, shrinkage cracks, possible restorations - Provenance: the Doris Duke Foundation
Lot 32: Pair antique Chinese carved rock crystal birds
Qing Dynasty, modeled in a standing pose on hardwood base, 10.25"h x 3.25"w x 2.75"d (carving), 11"h (total) - Condition: overall good, inclusions and black flecking, small chips to feathers and toes - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, purchased Parke-Bernet Galleries, March 8 & 9, 1956, lot #326 for $220
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