Fine European & American Furniture and Decorations on Offer June 25 in San Francisco

. June 16, 2007

Bonhams & Butterfields’ Summer sale Opens for Preview June 22

Fine European and American furniture and decorative arts come to auction at Bonhams & Butterfields in San Francisco on Monday, June 25, 2007 including property from multiple estates, trusts and private collections, property from institutional collections deaccessioned to fund future acquisitions, and private collections being offered to fund non-profit organizations.

Property from the estate of noted actor, physician and connoisseur Robert Held of Mill Valley, California is being sold to benefit the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which protects as many as 58 family farms on 38,000 acres. Included from this collection is a rare pair of Francois Linke bombe form kingwood pedestals, circa 1900, with ‘lion of Hercules’ decoration (est. $30/50,000) and a superb Louis XV style gilt bronze and coromandel lacquer mounted ebonized cabinet by Paul Sormani which maintains the highest quality of bronze chasing and gilding. According to specialists, its overall quality of form, execution and use of lacquer — as well, the rare color of the marble top, combine to make it one of Sormani’s masterpieces (est. $30/50,000).

The June auction opens with Americana and features a pair of portrait miniatures including a depiction of James Madison, signed by Sarah Goodrich after the Stuart portrait of the Founding Father (est. $4/6,000). Quilts and samplers should interest collectors, as should a carved and painted carousel pig (est. $10/15,000) and a late 19th century “Black Hawk” molded copper running horse weathervane (est. $5/7,000). Furniture within the opening section comprises Windsor chairs, and Chippendale and Federal chests, tables, mirrors and clocks.

A fine Boston area Federal carved mahogany satinwood and birdseye maple table could bring $20,000 to $30,000. A rare Baltimore Federal mahogany sideboard expertly inlaid with ovals and panels, plumes and foliate designs is also being offered.

Bonhams is pleased to offer property formerly in the collection of Challiss House of San Francisco, the firm having retired from business after nearly 30-years as one of the finest purveyors of Italian, Spanish, Continental and English period furniture and decorative arts. The English furniture and decorative arts section includes a late 17th century William and Mary japanned tall chest (est. $10/15,000); a magnificent and monumental George III mahogany breakfront cabinet (est. $20/30,000); and a set of eight George II and III mahogany “Gothic” dining chairs (est. $18/25,000).

In addition to the remarkable offering of 19th century pieces, Linke and Sormani furniture, the French section includes a 19th century gilt bronze mounted famille rose enameled porcelain jardinière signed F. Barbedienne (est. $15/25,000). A fine ten-panel circa 1818 Charles X papier peinte floor screen on offer (est. $30/40,000) was created for the French firm Dufour & Fils, originally conceived as a 25-panel panorama depicting the adventures of the Greek hero Telemachus. These Dufour papier peinte wallpaper screens are identical to a set ordered by President Andrew Jackson and installed in the grand entrance hall at The Hermitage, his home near Nashville, TN.

Continental works include a very large offering of Italian and Spanish as well as continental pieces such as a set of six northern Italian. Baroque painted and parcel gilt chairs (est. $25/35,000); a marvelous Tuscan Baroque polychrome credenza (est. $15/20,000); and a good late 18th century Dutch Neoclassical marquetry and walnut cabinet with inlays of cornucopia and floral designs (est. $12/18,000). Figures such as pairs of blackamoors on stands and a pair of mid-19th century carved oak gentlemen should interest bidders, as should several lots of lanterns and a set of six Italian Neoclassical boiserie panels (est. $15/20,000). As well, a Continental brass mounted chinoiserie decorated lacquered floor screen is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. A set of four four-foot high Italian Baroque polychrome and parcel gilt wood three-light candelabra (est. $10/15000) and a fine early 18th century Italian Baroque pietra dura table top inlaid with rare marbles and semi-precious stones (est. $25/$35,000) are just a few of the highlights of the diverse Continental offerings.

Porcelain and ceramics, silver, and garden ornaments maintain distinct sections of the sale catalog, each offering a varied selection of desirable works for display on a table top, cabinet shelf or mantel. Many examples and styles of fountains, urns, seating and statuary for the patio and garden should interest collectors and decorators, with a stone and wrought iron wellhead on offer and a Baroque style parcel gilt and tole and iron chinoiserie garden gazebo of pagoda form expected to bring as much as $15,000.

The illustrated sales catalog is online for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com/us. Previews open in San Francisco for prospective bidders on Friday, June 22, continuing daily until the auction on Monday, June 25. Sunday preview hours are Noon – 5pm, while previews are open from 10am to 5pm on all other days.

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