Furnishings and adornments not to be missed: bonhams to hold San Francisco based Period Art & Design auction in late January.

Period Art & Design
29 Jan 2012
San Francisco

Bonhams looks forward to presenting its third-ever Period Art & Design Auction, January 29, 2012 in San Francisco, featuring a strong selection of furniture and decorative arts.

To tastefully outfit a living or dining room, one need look no further than the auction's top offerings of uniquely crafted chairs and tables. Among these offerings will be a pair of mid 20th century, Louis XV style giltwood fauteuil a la reine by Quatrain. The pair features arched backs centering a foliate garland above a fluted frame over outset padded arms, ending in foliate terminals and a generous seat raised on leaf carved cabriole legs (est. $3,000-5,000).

The presence of California design is well-represented in the sale with its many offerings of designs made by Therien & Co., an antiques and design firm that provides classic 20th century pieces and period antiques from locations in both northern and southern California. A selection of items on offer of Therien & Co., design will include a 'Baluster' Charles X style, burlwood circular dining table (est. $3,000-5,000); a custom Russian Neoclassical style burlwood marble top chest (est. $3,000-5,000); and a set of eight 'Pavilion' Neoclassical style side chairs (est. $2,000-3,000).

Additional highlight furnishings of various designs include a late 19th century French chinoiserie decorated bamboo bookcase (est. $2,500-3,500); a pair of 20th century, Louis XV style painted bergeres (est. $1,200-1,800); and a pair of Contemporary upholstered clubchairs custom created by Stoich Designs, Larkspur, Calif. (est. $800-1,200).

Bonhams San Francisco Director of Period Art & Design auctions, Christine Skinner, says of the sale, "The January sale will be a great opportunity to purchase high-end designer furnishings, in pristine condition, at a great price."

Whether to serve as room accents or central pieces, top lots of the sale's decorative arts segment are also very desirable. Among them will be a Heriz carpet, approximately 9ft. x 12ft. in size (est. $4,000-6,000) and a Sheffield plate pair of wine coolers by I & I Waterhouse & Co., Sheffield, circa 1830-1840 (est. $2,000-3,000). Boasting charm, and a bit more affordability, will be a pair of early 20th century English porcelain urns in the Neoclassical style, depicting exotic birds (est. $300-500) and a French patinated metal and onyx shelf clock, "Triomphe de L'Amour" ($400–600).

Last, but not least, paintings well-worth touting in the sale will include a pair of Venetian paintings (est. $6,000-8,000); a signed, oil on canvas of The full-rigged 'James Ray' by Joseph Heard (British, 1799-1859), featuring a ship sailing blue green waters, against a beige sky (est. $3,000-5,000) and an Italian School, Study of a choir boy (est. $400–600).

The sale's illustrated catalogue will be available online in the weeks preceding it, for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com/perioddesignusa.com.

About the Auction Category: This monthly event will include paintings, prints, rugs, lighting, mirrors, antique furniture, modern designer furniture, decorative accents, silver and much more, with many in the $500-$5,000 price range. The property is hand selected to include items that would appeal to collectors of all levels, interior designers and those who may want to find a unique piece for their home. Sourced primarily from the West Coast, the majority of the property comes from exclusive sources - from high-profile Napa Valley estates filled with contemporary designer furnishings to Pacific Heights homes, embellished with antiques and unique decor. Many of these homes have been styled by high-profile Bay Area interior designers. Each auction catalogue will feature an interview with a prominent interior designer with their take on current design trends.

Auction Preview: January 27-29, San Francisco Auction: January 29, San Francisco -End- Press Contacts: Joalien Johnson: (415) 503-3348, joalien.johnson@bonhams.com Jannelle Grigsby: (310) 567-7990, jannelle.grigsby@bonhams.com Julie Saunders Guinta: (917) 206-1681


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. 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 five throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Boston in the USA; Toronto, Canada; and France, Monaco, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. By the end of 2009, Bonhams had become UK market leaders in ten key specialist collecting areas.For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com.

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