Bonhams San Francisco to offer important treasures from Bay Area and international collections

Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts
28 Oct 2013
San Francisco

San Francisco — A rare and important Italian relief pietra dura and gilt bronze mounted ebony jewel casket featuring panels designed by the Grand Ducal Workshops of Florence in the early 18th century (est. $80,000-120,000) leads the fall Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction, October 28 at Bonhams in San Francisco. This previously unrecorded, elaborately designed casket is one of many exciting offerings to hit the Bonhams auction block the same week as the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, October 24-27 at the Fort Mason Center.

Important French furniture previously in the collection of Karl Lagerfeld will be offered in the Bonhams sale, highlighted by a very finely carved Louis XVI giltwood console d'applique (est. $40,000-60,000) made by Georges Jacob. The console is identical to consoles made by Jacob for the Comte de Provence, brother of Louis XVI and later Louis XVIII. Also from that collection, a chic and elegant set of eight Directoire mahogany chairs are being offered, circa 1790 (est. $50,000-80,000). The timeless klismos form has been an inspiration for many 20th century designers. The previous two offerings are part of a larger private San Francisco collection that also includes a Louis XVI rock crystal and bronze chandelier from the late 18th century (est. $40,000-60,000); Italian and Continental neoclassical furniture; as well as English examples, including a unique Baltic Neoclassical opaline mounted palisander centre table, circa 1810 (est. $8,000-12,000).

Bonhams is also pleased to offer the diverse and superb collection of Mitchell and Tracy Cutler of Saratoga, Calif. The true connoisseur's eye is reflected in this collection, ranging from a very fine pair of Louis XIV style gilt bronze and boulle marquetry mounted ebonized encoignures aux quatre saisons in the manner of Andre-Charles Boulle (est. $50,000-80,000) and a Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted parquetry bureau plat by Antoine Krieger (est. $20,000-30,000) to a unique suite of 18th century Austrian paint decorated hunting lodge furniture, depicting hunting scenes as well as mythological figures. Italian offerings include a very rare Italian Rococo girandole mirror with shelves to hold porcelain figures (est. $10,000-15,000), a mid-18th century intricately carved Venetian Rococo giltwood console table (est. $15,000-25,000) and a charming Italian Empire carved settee with helmeted sphinx supports (est. $12,000-18,000). The Cutler Collection also encompasses a unique collection of large scale Russian icons including three from a set of late 19th century Russian church icons (est. $4,000-6,000 each).

Of note in the sale from Southern California is a pair of impressive Italian Baroque painted cassapancas from the first half of the 18th century, depicting summer and winter (est. $20,000-30,000) and a pair of Louis XV style gilt and patinated bronze 24-light chandeliers from the first half of the 20th century (est. $60,000-80,000), in the manner of Jacques Caffieri.

The auction will also include a private collection of more than 15 lots of Sevres porcelain vases, (estimates from $1,000-$6,000). Among them will be a monumental Sèvres porcelain gilt bronze mounted baluster vase, dated 1891, in blue colour (est. $4,000-6,000); a pair of Sèvres porcelain vases by Maximilien-Ferdinand Mérigot, dated 1883, decorated in the art nouveau taste, with winding nasturtium vine and blossoms (est. $3,000-5,000); and a large and impressive Sèvres porcelain vase, dated 1898, decorated with lilacs (est. $3,000-5,000). Another exceptional porcelain offering is a late 19th/early 20th century Berlin (KPM) porcelain plaque of the Triumph of Ariadne by J. Wagner, Wien, after Hans Makart, depicting Ariadne accompanied by Bacchus and his revellers (est. $10,000-15,000).

Additional must-mention items are associated with designers Tony Duquette and Michael Taylor, including an early 18th century, Beauvais hunting tapestry, from the Michael Taylor Estate, 1987 (est. $25,000-35,000); a set of eight Art Deco chairs customised by Michael Taylor for a client (est. $3,000-5,000); a pair of Tony Duquette plaster sculptures (est. $2,500-2,500); and a pair of Asian inspired bronze floor lamps customised by Duquette (est. $3,000-5,000).

Of the sale, Jeffrey Smith, Vice President and Director of the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department at Bonhams, commented, "Worldly treasures and treasure chests sparkle in one the most interesting auctions of the season."

The sale's illustrated catalogue will be available online in the weeks preceding the sale, for review and purchase at


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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