Furniture & Decorative Arts from California estates on the auction block at Bonhams

Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts
19 Mar 2012
San Francisco

Bonhams looks forward to presenting its Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction, March 19 in San Francisco, featuring prominent property from private West Coast collections.

From the estate of Stella Wilson of Napa, Calif., will be several highlight lots: a rare pair of 18th century George III, giltwood five arm wall lights (est. $8,000-$12,000); a pair of Regency plum pudding mahogany side tables (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a pair of late 19th century, Meissen Limoges-style, enamel decorated porcelain urns (est. $10,000-$15,000).

Two top highlights from private California collections will include a wonderful Austrian 800 standard silver, gilt, rock crystal and enamel dish made by Hermann Ratzersdorfer, a master silversmith who was active in Vienna from 1843-1881 (est. $15,000-$20,000); and a set of four, mid-18th century, Louis XV walnut fauteuils a la reine, upholstered in period needlework (est. $15,000-$20,000).

Jeffrey Smith, Vice President and Director of the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department at Bonhams, says of the auction's offerings, "This opens the spring auction season on the West Coast, offering diverse, unusual and exquisite European and English furniture, decorative arts, tapestries, early work and statuary, providing a superb opportunity for collectors."

Also featured will be a late 17th century, Spanish Baroque walnut table (est. $8,000-$12,000) and a chic and classic Charles X, inlaid satinwood, cylinder bureau (est. $6,000-$8,000).

Decorative Arts featured in the auction will include a finely executed Louis XVI painted trumeau panel of putti en grisaille, after Chardin (est. $6,000-$8,000); a Russian 88 standard silver and enamel ladies oval dressing table mirror with tulipwood backing (est. $4,000-$6,000), made in Moscow in 1880 by Pavel Ovchinnikov, one of the greatest Russian silversmiths in history; and an early 20th century, fine patinated bronze of an Indian chief on horseback, after Carl Kauba (Austrian-American, 1865-1922) (est. $3,000-$5,000).

The illustrated auction catalogue will be posted online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the auction. For more information on Bonhams Furniture and Decorative Arts Department and its sales, please visit:

Preview: March 16-18, San Francisco

Auction: March 19, San Francisco

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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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