Bonhams : The Contents of Palatial 19th Century Baltic Villa at Bonhams
The Contents of Palatial 19th Century Baltic Villa at Bonhams

The sale of the contents of a 19th Century Baltic Villa and one of the most important private residences in Latvia, Villa Mündel, will take place on Wednesday 16 October at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street.

The palatial property, situated in the historic city of Riga, contains one of the finest collections of 19th Century revivalist furniture in private hands, a splendid wine cellar of Dom Perignon and Petrus wines and is adorned with golden chandeliers.

Leading the sale is a late Italian 19th/ early 20th century marble sculpture, depicts Romeo climbing a ladder to Juliet's balcony by Antonio Frilli. The statue has an estimate of £25,000-35,000.

The sale also includes 19th century furniture made by the foremost Parisian Cabinet makers and ébénistes including the likes of Henry Dasson, Paul Sormani Francois Linke and Maison Durand:

• A fine pair of late 19th-century French mahogany, rosewood wood and gilt bronze mounted encoignures. Made by Henry Dasson, they have an estimate of £20,000-30,000.
• A French late 19th century mahogany and gilt bronze mounted vitrine by Paul Sormani in the Louis XVI style. Estimate £10,000-15,000.
• A fine French late 19th century plum pudding mahogany, satinwood and gilt bronze vitrine cabinet. Possibly by Francois Linke, it has an estimate of £10,000-15,000.

Other highlights include:

• An impressive pair of Empire revival chandeliers with blue painted globes mounted with five point stars. Estimate £25,000-35,000.
• A fine French early 20th-century marble top commode in the Louis XVI Style. Estimate £20,000-30,000.
• A set of seven panels by Timoléon Marie Lobrichon (French, 1831-1914). Estimate: £20,000-30,000.

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