Los Angeles – Bonhams was pleased to present 'A Sale of Two Cities' on April 2. This auction represented a unique offering of two very distinct California collections from Bel Air and Santa Barbara. Each piece on offer during this 500-lot sale was personally selected by Andrew Jones, Director of European Furniture and Decorative Arts at Bonhams, to reflect the distinct style and collecting taste from both of these important Collections.
The sale opened with striking examples from Property of a Lady of Title, Bel Air, which featured a discerning selection of European furniture, decorative arts, carpets and garden furnishings. This wonderful offering brought together classic design for inside living as well as the highly sought after California outdoor lifestyle.
Santa Barbara was represented by works from The Collection of Perry Perkins and his iconic establishment, Lifestyle Antiques, which was located in the quaint city of Summerland, CA. His company has been at the centre of 'Santa Barbara style' for many years. Featured works from the Collection included a distinguished selection of rare and unique pieces of Italian design, carpets, lighting and Asian inspired objects as well as diverse array of European furnishings and decorative pieces.
Leading the sale were striking examples from Property of a Lady of Title, Bel Air, which features a discerning selection of European furniture, decorative arts, carpets and garden furnishings from the 17th through 20th centuries with a particular focus on chic and designer elegance.
Works of note from a Lady of Title, Bel Air included the auction catalogue's cover lot, a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marquetry inlaid commode, after a model by Jean Henri Riesener (est. $15,000-20,000, sold for $25,000); a pair of Continental Rococo paint decorated stools (est. $7,000-9,000, sold for $21,250); a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted Vernis Martin and mahogany side cupboard (est. $12,000-18,000, sold for $18,750); a set of twenty eight Royal Copenhagen porcelain Fruit Service luncheon plates (est. $6,000-8,000, sold for $16,250) and a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted and Vernis Martin mahogany vitrine, circa 1900 (est. $4,000-6,000, sold for $13,750).
This wonderful offering was followed by property works from The Collection of Perry Perkins. Items of note included an imposing French Belle Epoque cast limestone bench (est. $15,000-20,000, est. $13,750); an Italian school oil on canvas painting of Saint Cecilia, 19th century (est. $2,000-3,000, sold for $5,625); a Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry inlaid kingwood commode, fourth quarter 19th century (est. $2,500-3,500, sold for $5,625); a pair of carved limestone models of gryphons, mounted as side tables with glass tops, formerly located at Addison Mizner designed, Casa Bienvenida, Montecito, CA (est. $3,000-5,000, sold for $5,000) and a strong selection of lighting and commodes as well as an upholstered contemporary sofa designed by Michael Taylor (est. $1,000-2,000, sold for $4,375).
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