Los Angeles—Bonhams is pleased to present its Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction, June 10 in Los Angeles, offering property from the Warner Bros. Studios Collection; property formerly in the collection of William Randolph Hearst, sold to benefit future acquisitions for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Estate of Merv Griffin.
Examples of furniture, tapestries and chandeliers of strong provenance in the auction will include a Bösendorfer, model 275, ebonized 9' concert grand piano, circa 2000, from the Estate of Merv Gryphon (est. $20,000-30,000) and a Louis XV style, gilt bronze mounted, marquetry inlaid, kingwood vitrine from the fourth quarter of the 19th century by French cabinetmaker Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener - who won the gold medal at the 1882 exhibition of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, from the Dalseme Family Trust (est. $40,000-60,000).
Property of Warner Bros. Studios to be offered in this section will include two pairs of second quarter 19th century, giltwood armchairs by George Morant in the George II style (each est. $12,000-18,000) and a Regency cut brass inlaid rosewood library table from the first quarter of the 19th century (est. $6,000-8,000). Also standing out in this portion of the sale will be a circa 1914, French, gilt bronze mounted, marquetry inlaid, mahogany, 7'6" grand piano by Erard (est. $80,000-120,000); a late 19th century, Louis XV style, gilt bronze mounted, kingwood vitrine by Paul Sormani (est. $15,000-20,000); a late 18th century, George III, Irish, inlaid satinwood pier table, attributed to London cabinetmaker William Moore of Dublin (est. $3,000-5,000); and two early 20th century Neoclassical style, gilt bronze and glass, 10 light chandeliers (each est. $8,000-12,000).
Notable examples of Sculptures, Works of Art and Clocks in the auction will include a late 19th century, French, gilt and patinated bronze figure of 'Gloria Victus,' modelled as winged Victory carrying a fallen soldier, after a model by Jean Antonin Mercie cast by F. Barbedienne Foundry of Paris (est. $15,000-20,000) and a imposing, French carved, limestone figure of St. George on horseback, slaying a dragon, probably 16th century (est. $15,000-20,000) from the William Randolph Hearst Collection, on offer from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit its future acquisitions. The section will also feature a late 19th century, imposing, French, bronze figure of 'The Death of Cleopatra,' after a model by Jean Baptiste Clesinger cast by F. Barbedienne Foundry of Paris (est. $8,000-12,000); a mid 20th century, naturalistic, Italian, carved marble model of a polar bear on a block of ice (est. $15,000-20,000); a late 19th century, carved marble figure of 'Pandora,' by American neoclassical sculptor Chauncey Bradley Ives (est. $15,000-20,000); and a third quarter 19th century, Italian, gilt metal bronze, lapis lazuli and micromosaic, three tier, etagere jewellery case by master mosaicist Cesare Roccheggiani (est. $15,000-20,000).
Ceramics will include works from Sévres, Meissen, Vienna, Berlin (K.P.M), Goldscheider, Royal Copenhagen and Derby. A notable example will be an important and large Sévres porcelain plaque of 'The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine,' painted by Abraham Constantin, in a period gilt bronze and malachite frame (est. $15,000-20,000). The piece, dated 1819, depicts the infant Christ seated on his mother's lap, presenting a ring to the kneeling Catherine, while St. Sebastian gazes upon the scene from behind.
About a dozen Austrian, Flemish and Swiss stained glass panels, depicting various religious scenes, with estimates ranging from $1,000-3,000, will be among the property from the William Randolph Hearst Collection, on offer from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit its future acquisitions.
The auction will also feature a selection of German and Swiss music boxes with estimates ranging from $2,000-5,000; an early 19th century globe, estimated at $1,500-2,000; and several chess sets with estimates ranging from $1,200-2,000.
Andrew Jones, Director of the European Furniture and Decorative Arts department at Bonhams in Los Angeles, commented of the sale, "We are very excited to offer such an eclectic array of furniture and decorative arts, spanning the 15th-20th centuries, including works from legendary collectors such as William Randolph Hearst and Merv Griffin."
The sale's illustrated catalogue will be available online in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com/auctions/20974/.
Auction Preview: June 7-9 in Los Angeles
Auction: June 10 in Los Angeles
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