Bonhams : Bonhams Presents The Contents Of A Virginian Country House: The Collection Of Eric Steiner
Bonhams Presents The Contents Of A Virginian Country House: The Collection Of Eric Steiner

Los Angeles – Bonhams announces the sale of The Contents of a Virginian Country House: The Collection of Eric Steiner on October 10, which will offer 280 lots ranging from 18th and 19th century furniture, sculpture from the 17th-late 20th century and fine art ranging from huge old master paintings to contemporary Chinese and American art. All lots estimated under $5,000 will be sold without reserve.

The historic stone-built property, affectionately known locally as 'The Hut', is situated in the glorious Virginian countryside outside Middleburg, where it is surrounded by fields of polo ponies and race horses. Originally built by the Archbold family, who were the original partners in John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil, before the Steiner family bought the estate. The initial interior decoration was overseen by the talented and top London decorator, Christopher Hodsoll who became good friends with the family in the 90's. Christopher's recognizable style is instantly visible, with fine English furniture mixed with textiles and oversized statement pieces creating the appearance of an English country house with a contemporary twist.

Christopher Hodsoll commented: "The Steiners are well known for their love of fine art, and like all great collectors, their interests are not bound by strict artistic periods or movements. It has been a huge pleasure to be involved in this remarkable collection over the years."

Additional highlights include:

Jacques Bertaux (French, 1745-1818)
The Duc d'Orleans and his suite hunting in the Ile de France
oil on canvas
Estimate: $25,000-35,000

A Very Large Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Horses
20th century
Estimate: $15,000-20,000

J. P. Espiennes (Belgian, 1840-1895)
A gray draft horse
oil on canvas
Estimate: $20,000-30,000

A very large ebony and rosewood inlaid pollard oak extending pedestal dining table
In the manner of George Bullock, early 19th century
Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Pierre et Gilles (b. 1950 and 1953)
Vive la France, 2006
pigment print on canvas in artists' frame
Estimate: $50,000-70,000

A Wurlitzer 850 'Peacock' jukebox
American, 1941
Estimate: $25,000-35,000


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