Throughout the month of May, five major auction houses are gearing up for important furniture, art and antiques sales across the country and abroad. Here’s a look at what’s coming up from Christie’s, Wright, Bonhams, Hutter and Doyle.
Christie’s Property from the Estate of Edgar M. Bronfman (May 2 – 7, New York, London & Hong Kong); Interiors (May 13 & 20 London); Design (May 20, Paris); and The English Collector (May 22, London)
Edgar M. Bronfman, a distinguished businessman, philanthropist and diplomat, will be the center of Christie’s upcoming auction. Bronfman’s thoughtfully acquired collection was formed over the course of several decades and spans the categories of Impressionist & Modern Art, American Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Prints & Multiples, and Decorative Arts. The collection boasts a large selection of works by such blue-chip artists as Picasso, Monet, Degas and Avery, among others. The collection, which will be sold in New York, London, and Hong Kong, as well as in an online-only sale, is expected to realize in excess of $34 million.
Starting at 10:00 a.m. on both Tuesday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 20, Christie’s hosts the Interiors sale featuring carpets, furniture, sculptures, mirrors and accessories.
Christie’s Design auction features one-of-a-kind pieces by British furniture designer Zeev Aram. The sale begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20.
The English Collector, including 4 Culross Street from the Collection of John Hardy, begins at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 22. Highlights include a Napoleon III Ormolu bronze and white marble mantel clock, a George III mahogany hall chair and a regency painted bronze three-branch candelabra.
Wright’s Scandinavian Design Auction (May 8, Chicago & New York) and Important Italian Glass (May 20, Chicago)
Wright is set to present the Scandinavian Design at auction beginning Thursday, May 8, at 12:00 p.m. This sale features preeminent modern designs of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland with works by notable designers from the region. The auction includes carpets from the renowned Märta Måås-Fjetterström workshop, a silver tea and coffee service by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, lounge chairs by Philip Arctander with lighting designs by Alvar Aalto and Paavo Tynell. The works of Hans Wegner, Frits Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl also feature prominently in this sale.
The Important Italian Glass auction, which kicks off at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, features Murano glass from the impressive collection of Dimiti Levas. Levas began collecting Italian glass in 1979, just as the field entered the secondary market. Levas purchased works from the few pioneering sources that existed at the time, including the now legendary Fifty/50 gallery in New York that was open from 1981-2002. The collection and sale features more than 200 works by the field’s greatest masters. Highlights include monumental works by Napoleone Martinuzzi, rare and important vessels by Artisti Barovier and Artistica Barovier, masterworks by Fulvio Bianconi as well as important works by Tomaso Buzzi, Paolo Venini, Carlo Scarpa, Dino Martens and Eugene Berman.
Bonham’s Period Art & Design (May 11, San Francisco) and Fine Arts & Antiques (May 14, Oxford)
Bonham’s Period Art & Design sale begins at 10:00 a.m. and features a 1928 Ya ‘Acov candelabra, a William Affleck painting and a large Regence Style gilt bronze eight light chandelier.
The Fine Art & Antiques sale begins at 10:00 a.m. and features a Royal Worcester dinner service, an early 18th century eight day walnut cased long case and a 1938 Paul Huxley painting.
Hutter’s Estates Auction (May 17, New York)
Hutter’s seasonal Estates Auction features fine and decorative arts including a Daum France vase, an antique Italian chest and a Rufino Tamayo lithograph. The auction will begin on Saturday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m.
Doyle’s Important English & Continental Furniture & Decorations Sale (May 21, New York)
The Important English & Continental Furniture & Decorations sale begins at 10:00 a.m. and presents a broad selection of important English and Continental furniture, decorations, porcelain, Georgian silver, sculpture, clocks, chandeliers, sconces, tapestries and rugs. Highlights include a William and Mary oyster veneered cabinet, a pair of George I gilt gesso pier mirrors and a George IV Irish sterling silver salver.