Kadison Collection of Wedgwood, Sataloff Collection of Chinese Export Silver and Property from Astor’s Beechwood to be offered at Skinner’s European Auction

BOSTON, Mass – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts on Saturday, October 1st at 6 p.m. in its Boston gallery. The sale features several significant collections, as well as more than 500 lots of Fine Silver.

One such collection up for bid is that of Carita and Stuart Kadison, who began collecting Wedgwood in the late 1950’s. Their early area of focus was Wedgwood and Bentley and the other fine wares of the 18th century. As time went by they also included Wedgwood majolica and amassed one of the finest collections of Wedgwood majolica in the country. Much of the collection is illustrated in Robin Reilly’s two volume Wedgwood dictionary.

The collection includes more than 230 lots and is highlighted by a pair of Wedgwood solid blue jasper tea urns from the late 18th century. The pair is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.

From the Property of Astor’s “Beechwood” mansion in Newport, Rhode Island comes nearly 100 lots of material from one of the most famous names in American social history. Originally owned by Mr. & Mrs. William B. Astor, the historically rich items offered in the sale reflect the level of detail and decoration Mrs. Astor looked for in decorating her “cottage”. One highlight of the collection is William Parsons Winchester Dana’s The U.S. Frigate “Constitution” Chased by an English Squadron, July 1812, purchased on the couple’s honeymoon trip. The painting is estimated at $20,000 to $40,000.

Fine Silver offerings, which represent just less than half the total offerings of the sale, include the extensive Sataloff Collection of Chinese Export Silver. Of note within this varied collection is a large gold-washed Chinese silver model of a scene at a gate. The work is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. Fine silver offerings from various consignors are highlighted by an impressive pair of Tiffany & Co. Renaissance Revival boat-shaped sterling fruit compotes estimated at $7,000 to $9,000. The sale is also ripe with fine examples of furniture and decorative arts. Featured examples include a fine pair of early George III carved mahogany library armchairs, c. 1765, estimated at $15,000 to $25,000, and a set of ten Mintons Pate-sur-Pate decorated plates estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

image: Lot 101: Pair of Wedgwood Solid Blue Jasper Tea Urns and Covers, England, late 18th century, each with applied white foliate and floral designs including acanthus leaves and bell flowers, floral swags and arabesque banding, impressed marks, ht. 18 in.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

Previews, Catalog and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, September 30th from 12 to 8 p.m. and Friday, October 1st from 12 to 5:30 p.m. Illustrated catalog #2519B is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery for $32. Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through Skinner-Live. To register for real-time bidding go to http://www.skinnerinc.com/buy-sell/skinner-live.php. Or, for more information call 508-970-3000

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