16 Jul 2012
Los Angeles - Bonhams is pleased to announce its July 29 Period Art & Design auction highlighted by a Continental Renaissance Revival carved walnut partners desk once owned by celebrated fashion designer and author Prince Egon von Furstenberg. This highly sought after pedestal desk is ornately decorated with intricate scroll work that boasts foliate trim and figural adornment. Consigned by von Furstenberg's daughter, Princess Tatiana, the piece is expected to bring $2,500-3,500 during the summer auction.
Von Furstenberg began his career in New York as a a buyer for Macy's. In the evenings he took classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. His professional achievements included product licensing, fragrances, haute couture, interior design and two top selling books under "The Power Look" title on the subjects of taste, fashion, and home decoration.
Additional highlights from the July auction include an impressive 19th century portrait of a British officer, thought to be Captain Thomas Penrice (est. $3,000 - 5,000); an oil on canvas titled "The Kremlin in the snow," attributed to Vasily Sitnikov (est. $6,000 - 8,000); a pair of mid-20th century Mexican sterling silver Modernist four-branch candelabra by Maestro Gonzalo W. Moreno, Mexico City, (est. $6,000 - 8,000) and more than 100 lots of books formerly from Serendipity Books.
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