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Auction Report: Bonhams European Furniture and Decorative Arts

by Christopher Kent (03/22/09).

A connoisseur’s auction, bar none, Bonhams and Butterfields presents an extraordinary collection of more than 1,500 hundred lots in this, not to be missed, Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction on March 30.

The highlights of the sale include:

Lot 1196, a Louis XVI-style bronze mounted amboynas-and-mahogany vitrine stamped with the maker’s mark, Henry Dossen 1878. The estimate is $10,000 to $15,000.

Louis XVI vitrine

Louis XVI vitrine

Lot 1367 is an extraordinary 19th-century German ivory tankard with an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.

Ivory tankard

Ivory tankard

Lot 1298 is a superbly designed compote by the Danish designer, Georg Jensen. Made circa 1940, it is going up with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It will be interesting to track this particular item to see where it finishes.

Georg Jensen compote

Georg Jensen compote

Lot 1113, a uniquely distinctive late-18th-century George III English paint-decorated and japanned tavern clock. A surprisingly low estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.

George III tavern clock

George III tavern clock

Lot 1069 is Chinese export at its best. A very fine, early-19th-century Chinese export, black-and-gilt, lacquered wood chest on chest. The estimate of $20,000 to $30,000 may appear high, but the quality of the workmanship is superb.

Chinese lacquered chest

Chinese lacquered chest

Lot 1526, a pair of paint-decorated Louis XVI bergères stamped with the maker’s mark, G Jacobs, perhaps one of the most-sought after makers of French furniture of the 18th century. They are going up with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.

Louis XVI bergères

Louis XVI bergères

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