Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Well Appointed Room Auction At Doyles

From Doyle Auction House, "The well-appointed room is attractively equipped, artfully arranged and composed with a level of sophistication and comfort. Grand without being ostentatious, the well-appointed room is comprised of edited pieces that have history and purpose and that promote conversation and further study. Edith Wharton used the phrase often when she wrote about the stylish homes where her characters resided. The well-appointed drawing rooms in Wharton's novels were stylishly decorated and consisted of quality pieces that were timeless and evocative of a bygone era.

The Well-Appointed Room auction at Doyle New York on January 27, 2010 comprises almost 200 lots of furniture and decorations from Jonathan Burden, LLC, and John J. Gredler Works of Art, and globes and other articles from George Glazer Gallery. Through the vision of acclaimed interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, these renowned taste-makers create their own version of today’s Well-Appointed Room. The public is invited to the exhibition will be on view from Saturday, January 23 through Tuesday, January 26. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. "

There are over 400 lots in this auction and many pieces that caught my eye. I do so appreciate a well appointed room where your eye just moves all around the room admiring well thought out acquired items. I could only bring a few treasures for your viewing here. Some are kinda pricey but they'd look good in any home. Take a look. You can view the entire catalogue here.

Edwardian Mahogany Partner's Desk
The rectangular leather inset top with opposing ratchet bookstands, above three long drawers, raised on square tapering legs ending in casters. Height 30 inches (76.2 cm), width 70 inches (1.78 m), depth 39 1/4 inches (99.7 cm).
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Grand Tour Plaster Intaglio Collection
19th Century
Fitted in 7 half leather bound double sided book-form cases, approximately 313 intaglios. Height of each volume 9 7/8 inches (25 cm), width 6 1/4 inches (15.9 cm).
Estimate $4,000-6,000

French Oak Library Steps
18th Century
Height 8 feet 1 inch (2.46 m).
Estimate $3,000-4,000

Group of Three Architectural Spiral Staircases
Each of various form. Height of tallest 22 1/4 inches (56.5 cm).
Estimate $800-1,200

Chinese Export Tole Painted Canister Lamp
19th Century
Decorated with chinoiserie figures on a red ground. Height 16 inches (40.6 cm).
Estimate $600-900

Irish Regency Style Partial Ebonized Mahogany Console
The rectangular line inlaid top with a rope carved edge, raised on lion carved monopodia supports ending in paw feet. Height 35 1/2 inches (90.2 cm), 7 feet 9 1/2 inches (2.37 m), depth 24 inches (61 cm).
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Pair of Worcester Blue and White Porcelain Vases
Circa 1770
Each of gu form, painted on each side with a chinoiserie figure surrounded by a floral and diaper ground, crescent mark in blue. Height 7 7/8 inches (19.5 cm).
Estimate $1,500-2,500. Yes, I'd make them into lamps. Sorry, but I would.

Provincial George II Oak Cellaret
Formed as a diminutive commode, with a hinged top above three false drawer fronts, raised on bracket feet. Height 18 3/4 inches (47.6 cm), width 18 1/2 inches (47 cm), depth 17 inches (43.2 cm).
Estimate $600-800

Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica Porcelain Cachepot
Painted with flowering botanical specimen within a gilt border, botanical identification mark, standard factory mark and number 20.3519. Height 6 3/4 inches (17.1 cm).
Estimate $600-900

George III Mahogany Writing Desk
Late 18th century
The rectangular leather inset writing surface with three-quarter gallery, above two drawers, raised on square tapering legs ending in casters. Height 29 1/2 inches (74.9 cm), width 37 inches (94 cm), depth 22 1/2 inches (57.2 cm).
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Pair of Chinese Export Porcelain Cranes
19th Century
Each molded standing on a stump. Height 15 1/2 inches (39.4 cm).
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Directoire Brass Bound Mahogany Fold-Over Game Table
Early 19th century
The elliptical hinged top raised on circular tapering legs ending in casters. Height 29 1/2 inches (74.9 cm), width 53 inches (1.35 m), depth 26 1/2 inches (67.3 cm).
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Restauration Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Library Table
In the manner of Jacob Desmalter, circa 1820
The dished rectangular top above a plain frieze with drawers at each end, raised on curule-form supports cast with rosettes and carved with anthemion ending in casters. Height 28 3/4 inches (73 cm), width 42 1/2 inches (1.08 m), depth 21 1/4 inches (54 cm).
Estimate $3,000-5,000


Mrs. Blandings said...

Those birds are just what I need to put on the non-existent shelves under my dining room mirror. At least now I have something to which to aspire.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I want the cranes. And wouldn't it be nice if Doyle or another auction house let some design bloggers design vignettes?

columnist said...

There are indeed some very pretty pieces in this sale. I like the miniature steps, but as they are new the prices are rather high, especially with a 25% premium, which is at the top end of the scale. I tend to think the estimates generally are high.

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