Throughout the month of April, four major auction houses are gearing up for important furniture and antique sales across the country and abroad. Here’s a look at what’s coming up from Bonhams, Christie’s, Rago and Artcurial.
French auction house Artcurial’s Period and Style, Classic Interiors sale each season features an interior designer’s favorite pieces. Interior designer Alessandra Branca will be featured in the spring sale beginning Tuesday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. Highlights include a lacquered wood coffee table, a Louis XV style gilt wood console and a group of three Italian porcelain table centerpieces modern.
Christie’s Interiors Sale (April 15, London); European Noble & Private Collections including Fine Tapestries Part I (April 16, London); Part II (April 17, London); 20th Century Decorative Art & Design (April 30, New York)
Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, Christie’s Interiors sale is back featuring carpets, furniture, sculptures, mirrors and accessories. Highlights include a pair of Victorian bamboo stools, a Victorian gilt wood and composition convex mirror, and a fine Tabriz carpet.
European Noble & Private Collections including Fine Tapestries, Part I, begins on Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. and includes paintings, furniture, clocks, sculpture, tapestries, carpets, silver and European and Asian porcelain and works of art dating from the medieval period to the early 20th century. Highlights include a Louis XV mythological alentours tapestry, a Herrengrund gilt-copper embossed cup and cover, and an unusual Chinese blue and white Ming-style ewer.
Part II will begin on Thursday, April 17, at 10:00 a.m. and brings items from more than 40 properties, including property from a Royal House, a Princely House and various Noble families to the sale.
The 20th Century Decorative Art & Design sale begins at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. Highlights include a Mark Brazier-Jones chandelier, a Stuart Devlin centerpiece, an Anna Boberg peacock vase and a Carl Albert Angst set of ten dining chairs.
Bonhams’ Fine Arts & Antiques (April 15, Oxford); Silver and Objects of Vertu Including Flatware (April 16, London); 20th Century Decorative Arts (April 16, Los Angeles); The Oak Interior: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Chris Douglas (April 30, Oxford)
The Fine Arts & Antiques sale begins at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, with antique and modern silver as well as pictures. On Wednesday, April 16, at 10:00 a.m. furniture, clocks and works of art will be up for auction. Highlights of the sale include a George III set of four old Sheffield plate entrée dishes with stands, a Bruce Onobrakpeya painting and a Victorian mahogany extending dining table.
The Silver and Objects of Vertu Including Silver sale begins at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Highlights of the sale include a late 19th/early 20th century Dutch silver table service of flatware and cutlery, a silver six-piece tea and coffee service together with a silver two-handled tray and three late Victorian silver playing card boxes.
Also on Wednesday, April 16, Bonhams will present the 20th Century Decorative Arts sale in Los Angeles beginning at 10:00 a.m. Highlights of the sale include a Dale Chihuly Zinnia red Persian wall installation, a Jean-Pierre Larocque sculpture and a Brendt Friberg glazed stoneware vase.
The Oak Interior: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Chris Douglas begins at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30. The Douglas’ have been avid collectors since the 1960s and are offering up their prized possessions as they down size to a new home. Some of their favorite pieces in the sale include a fine six-legged table, a tester bed, two inlaid court cupboards and an important Elizabeth cupboard.
From Modern to Mesoamerican, the Rago Unreserved sale takes place three times a year and features furnishings, decorative and fine arts, tribal pieces, musical instruments, tableware, jewelry, silver and more. Part I begins on Friday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m., and includes early 20th century estate goods; Part II begins on Saturday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. and includes 20th century modern design; and Part III kicks off on Sunday, April 27, at 11:00 a.m. and includes jewelry and silver.