Throughout the month of September, five major auction houses are gearing up for sales across the country and abroad for a highly anticipated season. Here’s a look at a selection of upcoming auctions from Christie’s, Rago, Bonham’s, Doyle and Bruun Rasmussen.
Interiors featuring Christopher Hodsoll (Christie’s, September 9, 10 & 16, London)
On September 9 and 10, Christie’s South Kensington will offer Part I of celebrated interior designer Christopher Hodsoll’s collection. Pembroke Gardens, Kensington—The London Interior will be presented within the sale Interiors. Part II will be featured within the sale Interiors—Style & Spirit on September 16. Hodsoll, an antique dealer and interior designer, is well known for his English country house taste in antique furniture. Over the past 30 years, Hodsoll has created interiors for clients such as the Rothschild family, Edmund and Lily Safra, the Duke of Edinburgh, Charles Saatchi and Mick Jagger. Hodsoll’s collection features 155 lots spanning the 18th to 20th centuries with estimates ranging from 500 to 10,000 Euros.
Unreserved Jewelry, Silver, Coins, Traditional Furnishings (Rago, September 12, New Jersey)
This session of unreserved goods features estates fine furniture and decorative arts, followed by approximately 200 lots of jewelry and silver, with a varied selection of late 19th through 20th century antique and period jewelry, as well as silver and silver plate. Highlights include an International Sterling "1810" flatware service, an Art Deco "Moi et Toi" diamond and platinum ring, and a Louis Vuitton "Trompe L'oeil" pouchette.
Estate auctions bring a broad selection of exceptional, fresh-to-market American, English and Continental property from the Northeast's fine homes, collectors and estates. This sale will feature furniture, porcelains and glass, sculpture, mirrors, clocks, lighting, historic art, rugs, fine and monumental silver and plate, and coins and currency. The sale showcases styles from the early Renaissance and Baroque to the Belle Époque, as well as the Chippendale, Federal, Victorian and Renaissance Revival periods. Highlights of the sale include a monumental Christofle silver plate center piece, ca. 1900; a superior Federal block front desk and many fine bronzes.
This sale will feature stylish and functional modern property with no reserves, and presents pieces from designers and famous makers of 20th century decorative arts and furnishings, including Van Erp, Tiffany, Roycroft, Stickley, Handel, Liberty, Ohr, Fulper, Rookwood, Weller, Roseville, Lalique, Galle and Daum, Aalto, Robsjohn-Gibbings, Pearsall, Baughman, Saarinan, Knoll, Donghia, Eames, Wegner, Schultz, Kagan, Ralph Lauren Home, Arte, Sonneman, Maurer, Karnes, Chaleff, Weinberg and Jere.
The Opulent Eye presents important furniture, sculpture and works of art from the 19th century. The sale reflects the eclectic and opulent styles of the period from the regal grandeur of Napoleon’s Empire to the Art Nouveau of Belle Époque Paris. Offering furniture, lighting, marble and bronze sculpture, garden statuary, clocks, carpets and porcelain, the sale is led by a group of French museum quality furniture and works of art demonstrating the very finest craftsmanship and design of the 19th century. Highlights include a rediscovered, exceptional coffre à bijoux, jewelry cabinet-on-stand, by Henri Fourdinois; a neo-Renaissance style cabinet and a sino-japonais style table de milieu by Edouard Lièvre.
Bonhams will celebrate the beginning of its autumn auction season with the European and Asian Furniture, Decorative and Fine Arts sale at its Sunset Boulevard saleroom. The auction event will feature an eclectic mix of 15th to 20th century European furniture, European paintings, Asian decorative arts and property from the Universal City Studios, LLC. There are more than 420 items, including furniture, chandeliers, mirrors, porcelain and bronzes. The top highlight of the sale is a circa 1900 monumental George II-style parcel gilt and paint decorated carved mahogany centered table measuring more than nine feet wide, surmounted by a marble top with geometric design (estimate $20,000-30,000).
With more than 100 lots, this auction includes property from several prominent private collections, such as the Rosebrook Collection, as well as those of Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., Edgar M. Bronfman, Paul Mellon and Eric Martin Wunsch. The sale also features a fantastic selection of Outsider and Maritime Art, and early American surveying equipment. Among the highlights of the sale is a Chippendale carved mahogany side chair made in Newport circa 1760-1780 and attributed to John Townsend.
Fine and Decorative Arts of the Belle Epoque (Doyle, September 23, New York)
This auction will showcase 19th and 20th century fine and decorative arts reflecting the opulence of the Belle Epoque. Elegant furniture and decorations of the Louis XV and XVI revivals, Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras will be offered, as well as art glass, porcelain, silver, marble statues, bronzes, mirrors, clocks, sconces, chandeliers, rugs and fin de siecle paintings. Highlights of the sale include a pair of late 19th century Italian Renaissance style majolica busts of Isabella D'Este and Ippolito D'Este attributed to the Angelo Minghetti Manufactory, Bologna, with marble pedestals.
At this international design auction, Bruun Rasmussen will be focusing on early Danish modernism from the 1930-40s, and will showcase the particular sculptural chair design that sowed the seeds of Danish design’s rise to fame at the end of the 1940s. The easy chair by Flemming Lassen from 1938, which has been in the possession of the architect himself, will be the highlight of the auction. Other work by Mogens Lassen, Arne Jacobsen and PH Lamps will also be available.