Skinner Auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts to Feature an Extensive Selection of Fine Silver

BOSTON, Mass. – Skinner, Inc. will host an extensive auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on October 5th in its Boston gallery. The sale features an excellent selection of fine silver as well as bronze and marble sculpture, Continental and British ceramics including Clarice Cliff pottery, clocks, lighting, textiles, and an eclectic assortment of period furniture.

Silver and Plate
The sale commences with more than 90 lots of British silver and silver-plate including a William III large sterling silver tankard (lot 1, estimated between $18,000 and $22,000), a George IV sterling silver ewer made by Charles Fox (lot 51, $3,000 to $5,000), a six-piece Victorian sterling silver tea and coffee service made by John Samuel Hunt (lot 69, $3,000 to $5,000), and an Elizabeth II Shell pattern sterling silver flatware service made by C.W. Fletcher and retailed by James Robinson (lot 92, $5,000 to $10,000).

Continental silver and silver-plate offerings include a five-piece French silver tea service, Paris, circa 1895, made by Edmond Tetard (lot 113, $6,000 to $8,000), a German silver-gilt singing bird automaton box (lot 117, $2,000 to $3,000), and a large selection of Jensen sterling silver items including four lots of Blossom pattern dishes and trays (lots 158 to 161, estimates ranging from $800 to $6,000).

A selection of Russian silver features six silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel demitasse spoons made by Fedor Rückert (lot 169, $5,000 to $7,000), a silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel kovsh made by Ovchinnikov (lot 170, $8,000 to $12,000), and a silver and cloisonné enamel egg made by the 11th Artel (lot 171, $5,000 to $7,000).

Notable pieces of American silver include a Robert & William Wilson coin silver teapot and covered sugar (193, $1,000 to $1,500) and a Ball, Black & Co. neoclassical-style sterling silver tazza (lot 222A, $2,000 to $3,000). A seven-piece Arthur Stone sterling silver tea and coffee service is an excellent example of the Art & Crafts silver to be offered (lot 299, $3,000 to $5,000).

Exceptional Gorham flatware services include a Meadow pattern service (lot 261, $2,000 to $4,000), an extensive Buttercup pattern service (lot 272, $7,000 to $9,000), a Versailles pattern service (lot 204, $4,000 to $6,000), and a Mythologique pattern service (lot 210, $2,000 to $3,000).

Furniture and Decorative Arts
A strong group of British furniture will be presented. Notable lots include a pair of George III-style carton pierre pier mirrors in the manner of John Linnell (lot 596, $60,000 to $80,000), a pair of William IV mahogany pier tables circa 1840 with verde marble tops (lot 439, $5,000 to $7,000), a Georgian-style four-pedestal mahogany dining table (lot 559, $4,000 to $6,000), and a Regency-style, satinwood-veneer, part-ebonized, and polychrome-painted bonheur du jour (lot 747, $4,000 to $6,000).

Other furniture highlights include an Italian pietra dura, ebonized, and parcel-gilt center table (lot 894, $4,000 to $6,000). A birch-veneer and part-ebonized marble-top chest of drawers (lot 468, $800 to $1,000) is representative of a fine assortment of Biedermeier furnishings. A selection of German and Italian Baroque-style furniture features a South German marquetry, walnut-veneer, and pewter-inlaid bureau cabinet from the mid-18th century (lot 784, $2,000 to $4,000).

Other decorative arts include a gilt-bronze figure of Caesar Crossing the Rubicon after Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904) (lot 751, $6,000 to $8,000) and a Barthelemy patinated bronze and ivory figure of a dancer (lot 813, $3,000 to $5,000). Also to be offered is a pair of Continental carved ivory plaques (lot 887, $700 to $900) after Peter Paul Rubens, one depicting The Coronation of Marie de Medici and the other The Apotheosis of Henri IV and the Proclamation of the Regency of Marie de Medici.

A variety of continental porcelain includes a three-piece Royal Copenhagen Blue Flute pattern garniture (lot 426, $4,000 to $6,000) and a Meissen Yellow Dragon pattern dinner service (lot 571, $3,000 to $5,000).

A 19th century large white marble figure of Mercury Preparing to Slay Argus after Bertel Thorvaldsen (Danish, 1770-1844) (lot 739, $3,000 to $5,000) and over twenty lots of Clarice Cliff-designed ceramics will also be available.

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