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San Francisco Estate Auction To Benefit UCSF Pulmonary Research

During its Fine European and American Furniture and Decorative Arts Sale on March 7, 2011, Bonhams & Butterfields is to offer property from a prominent San Francisco Estate, in which a portion of proceeds will benefit the University of California, San Francisco’s Pulmonary Division. Important works from the sale, offered to benefit the Division, include a Consulat mahogany table a milieu, attributed to Jacob Freres, circa 1800 (est. $18,000-25,000); a Louis XV bronze and brass mounted walnut commode en tombeau, mid 18th century (est. $7,000-9,000); and an Italian Neoclassical marquetry and walnut commode, Lombardy, late 18th century (est. $7,000-9,000), among others.

The sale offers pieces from several prominent collections and estates including the Stanley L. and Dorothy Cocks Estate, property deaccessioned from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offered to benefit its acquisitions fund, and the famed Carpenter Estate of Atherton, Ca.

Of particular note from the Carpenter Estate is a fine collection of 19th century decorative arts and furniture including an important Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted monumental marble urn by Robert Freres (est. $20,000-30,000), a fine Louis XV style bureau plat, possibly by Henry Dasson (est. $15,000-25,000) and a very large collection of decorative arts, porcelain, and bronze.

Other sale highlights include a Napoleon III gilt bronze and KPM porcelain plaque mounted cabinet, 19th century (est. $30,000-50,000); an Italian Grand Tour Gialo Antico marble model of the Barcaccia fountain, (est. $40,000-60,000); an Italian Baroque style semi-precious stone, and ivory mounted cabinet, mid 19th century (est. $40,000-60,000); a pair of Continental Neoclassical tinted terracotta figures of Mercury and Vulcan as young boys on pedestals, fourth quarter nineteenth century (est. $15,000-20,000); and a set of four Classical terracotta figures representing Mars, Mercury, Diana, and Terpischore, first half 20th century (est. $12,000-15,000).

Jeffrey Smith, Vice President and Director, Furniture and Decorative Arts Department, Bonhams & Butterfields, commented: “The diversity of the March sale is unique. The offering includes rare, beautiful, and stunning works that will be of exceptional interest to collectors, connoisseurs, and design professionals.”

Also, of interest are key French and Italian furnishings that were once part of the Estate of noted San Francisco antique dealer, Louis Fenton. A prominent dealer in the Jackson Square area of the city during the late 1980s, highlights include a Louis XVI style gilt bronze and brass mounted ebonized bureau plat, late 19th century (est. $3,500-4,500) and an Italian Baroque inlaid walnut and rosewood table cabinet, early 18th century (est. $3,000-5,000).

In addition, anticipated by design professionals and enthusiasts worldwide, the firm is honored to present the Lynette Proler Collection of European Garden Statuary. Proler, an internationally renowned expert and dealer in 16th-21st century garden ornaments, is retiring and has partnered with Bonhams & Butterfields to offer her collection during the March sale. Works of note include an Austrian terracotta statue of Flora with Putto, designed by Theophilos von Hansen, second quarter 19th century (est. $10,000-15,000); a pair of English composition stone gate pier eagles by Austin & Seely, mid-19th century (est. $10,000-15,000); a Northern Italian Renaissance style Istrian stone wellhead, third quarter 18th century (est. $7,000-9,000); and a Scottish Neoclassical stoneware urn on stand Garnkirk, mid-19th century (est. $6,000-8,000), among others.

The illustrated auction catalog for the Fine European and American Furniture and Decorative Arts auction is available online for review and purchase at

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