Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Wonderful Auction Created For These Times

Here is an interesting but clearly defining auction for these gray days. Ed Hardy Antiques in San Francisco, a place where you will always find beautiful pieces, has for the moment suspended usual business and is auctioning some prize pieces through Bonhams and Butterfields in San Francisco. I believe we all understand the need to pare down inventory. Lean times call for lean ideas.

Mr Hardy states, "It is with a sense of excitement and some wistful nostalgia that I announce the beginning of significant changes at Ed Hardy San Francisco.

The past few years have brought unprecedented and increasing challenges to our business climate and, truly, the world economy. I share the hope of many that 2009 will mark the advent of a recovered and sustainable market reality; yet, there are enduring challenges that must be met now.

At Ed Hardy San Francisco, we have begun to restructure the form and work of the gallery to meet both this reality and the changing nature of the antique and design industries. It is my intention to create a more flexible business model with an overall inventory reduction. We will continue to offer prompt and responsive support to our partners in design.

As a first step in this transformation, I will be offering The Ed Hardy San Francisco Collection in its entirety at an auction sale at our gallery to be conducted by Bonhams & Butterfields on Tuesday, May 5, 2009."

This is a truly eclectic and beautiful collection of pieces that stem the world of style and yet as I went through the catalogue I saw one mind picking each piece.

I think Mr. hardy and I are related because I loved almost everything. It is as if we had the same eye, which I state will complete humbleness because I appreciate his eye.

I sincerely hope this auction is a great success and allows Mr. Hardy to do what he does best. Bring beautiful objects to heathens like me.

Lets take a look at a few of the pieces on sale. You can view the full catalogue here.

Lot No: 1150W
An Italian gilt wrought iron and ebonized wood console
circa 1940, attributed to Pierluigi Colli, Turin
With elongated rectangular top above two pairs of scrolling metal strap supports and reduced coved plinth base below.
height 36 1/4in (92cm); length 6ft 3 1/2in (1.92m); depth 16 1/2in (42cm)

Estimate: $6,000 - 9,000

Lot No: 1155WY
A French burled amboyna 'Waterfall' writing table
circa 1930, in the style of Jules Leleu
With rectangular top, sloping ends and splayed feet, fitted with two short drawers with ivory ball form pulls.
height 27 1/2in (69.9cm); length 42 1/2in (1.08m); depth 16 3/8in (41.7cm)

Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000

Lot No: 1661W
An Italian brass mounted Karelian birch partners' desk
circa 1930
The long rectangular top raised on a double pedestal base consisting of U-shaped supports joined by a solid footrest with chamfered ends.
height 29 3/8in (74.5cm); width 63 1/8in (1.60m); depth 37 5/8in (95.5cm)

Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000

Lot No: 1098W
An Italian Art Deco walnut and walnut veneered fan shape desk
circa 1930
The curved top above five drawers fitted with spherical brass pulls, with matchbook burl walnut veneer, retains metal decal LUIGI GAETI FABRIBRICA DI MOBILI - BRESCIA.
height 31 3/4in (80.7cm); length 4ft 8in (1.47m); depth 28in (71.1cm)

Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000


Lot No: 1071W
A pair of amazing Italian Baroque faux marble painted fluted columns
probably Lombardy
first half 18th century
Each towering circular stop fluted column surmounted by a coved circular capital raised on a stepped circular base, overall painted a deep green faux marble.
height 10ft 11in (3.28m); diameter 19in (48cm)

Estimate: $8,000 - 12,000

Lot No: 1061
A Napoleon III yellow painted terracotta architectural fragment
mid 19th century
The rectangular panel centering a reserve of verdant scrolling acanthus terminating in lion heads within a paneled border decorated with rosettes and fleur de lys and flanked by two half round pilasters.
height 3ft 11in (1.1m); width 4ft 8in (1.4m); depth 4 1/2in (11.5cm)

Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000

Lot No: 1056W
A very fine and monumental Italian Baroque aqua and ochre painted ten light chandelier
early 18th century
The paneled baluster and multi-knopped stem with spheroid pendant, issuing paneled centrally knopped S-scroll arms, terminating in cups with molded edge.
height 4ft 7in (1.4m); diameter 5ft 2in (1.6m)

Estimate: $25,000 - 35,000

Lot No: 1025W
A fine and rare Italian Renaissance marble fountain basin
16th century
The bowed form with everted edge above a flared foot, centering a well carved caricature of a grotesque mask with foliate headdress.
height 18in (46cm); width 9ft 9in (2.93m); depth 30in (76cm)

Estimate: $25,000 - 35,000

Lot No: 1009W
A pair of Regency style cast stone plinths
Each square pedestal with chamfered corners centering a laurel wreath on a stepped base.
height 26 1/2in (67.5cm); width 20in (51cm); depth 20in (51cm)

Estimate: $2,500 - 3,50

Lot No: 1007
A French Neoclassical zinc urn
19th century
Flanked by angular handles suspending laurel swags, raised on a square base.
height 20in (51cm); width 23 3/4in (60.5cm); depth 20 1/2in (52cm)

Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000

Lot No: 1000W
An Italian Neoclassical terracotta urn on base
mid 19th century
Flanked by two crescent handles and applied with two floral sprigs with leaf decorated lower edge, raised on a separate flaring circular base.
height 24 1/2in (62cm); diameter 19 1/2in (49.5cm)

Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000

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