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Monumental Furniture to Stand Tall Great Gatsby’s Estate Sale

by WorthPoint Staff (08/22/11).

This massive 19th-century carved oak buffet attributed to Alexander Roux, standing 125 inches tall by 105 inches wide, is just one of several over-sized pieces to cross the block at the estates auction to be hosted by Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery in Atlanta on Sept. 10.

ATLANTA – Civilization may be going to pieces, but that just means that great parts of it are going up for sale as a fine estates auction featuring hundreds of fresh-to-the-market lots of English, French, Continental, American and Asian furniture, plus fine and decorative arts, will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, by Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery in Atlanta, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. (EST).

“This sale will feature property from prominent estates and collections from around the world,” said Marie Kowalik, president of Great Gatsby’s, adding, that live and absentee bidding, with live audio/video streaming, will be accessible on the Great Gatsby’s website. An online preview with live online bidding will be available beginning Aug. 25.

Furniture pieces of note will include a massive 19th-century carved oak buffet, attributed to Alexander Roux and believed to have been made for the 1853 Crystal Palace Exposition (125 inches tall by 105 inches wide) ; a monumental mid-19th century French carved oak buffet (145 inches tall by 114 inches wide); and an early 19th-century Irish Chippendale mahogany console.

Also offered will be a mid-19th century George III-style Cuban mahogany double-door linen press (84 inches tall by 51 ½ inches wide) and a monumental 19th-century carved oak fireplace mantle, with mirrored overmantle (130 inches tall by 70 inches wide). Chairs will feature a pair of 18th-century American carved mahogany Chippendale side chairs and an oversized early 19th-century Venetian rococo carved oak throne chair, tall at 73 inches in height.

From the Asian items category, two lots expected to do well are a Chinese carved wedding bed (100 inches tall by 82 inches wide) and a pair of antique Asian woven hats (including one rattan Chinese military foot soldier’s hat from the Qing Dynasty, 11 inches diameter; and one World War I-era woven coolie hat, 23 inches in diameter).

Artwork will be offered in abundance. A few expected star lots will be a mid-20th century mixed media work by Xie Zhi An, titled and dated en verso “Early Spring in the Commune” (1964); an early 18th-century oil on canvas on panel depiction of the Holy Family; and a 19th-century Italian bronze sculpture of Mercury (75 inches tall, 12 inches in diameter at the base).

This oversize late 19th-century Continental oil on canvas portrait, 55 inches high by 43 inches wide, leads a large number of paintings that will be available at Great Gatsby’s Sept. 10 sale.

Also sold will be an oversized early 18th-century oil on canvas portrait of Sir Thomas Covenry (52 inches by 42 inches); a pair of oversized 20th-century oil on canvas landscape panels, each one measuring 101 inches by 69 inches; an oversized late 19th-century Continental oil on canvas portrait of a nobleman (55 inches by 43 inches); and a very fine 18th-century Continental Old Master oil on canvas portrait of a royal in a suit of armor.

Decorators looking for a gorgeous room divider are in luck. The sale has two: a massive 19th-century pierce carved rosewood center-of-the-room divider, depicting dragons chasing the flaming pearl (101 inches tall by 75 inches wide); and a mid-20th-century hand-painted five-panel room divider decorated with bright tropical foliage and birds (96 inches tall by 105 inches wide).

Folks in the hunt for a rug or tapestry will also feel fortunate. The auction will feature a nice grouping of finely woven, 100 percent silk Persian rugs, ranging from a palace-size Tabriz (magnificent at 13 feet by 20 feet) to something more modest (about 8 feet by 10 feet); as well as an early 18th century French verdure Aubusson tapestry (114 inches high by 164 inches wide).

Stained glass windows will also change hands, to include a 20th-century American stained glass window crafted out of two- and three-layer art glass by Ken Phillips Studios (48 inches tall by 24 inches wide); and a 20th-century American stained glass window titled “Koi Pond,” crafted of three- and four-layer art glass and artist signed Steven Steltz (44 inches high by 44 inches wide).

Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots will be an early 19th-century British military officer’s campaign trunk with brass bound strapping; three 19th-century needlepoint valances with a central petite point heraldic crest, mounted for hanging; a pair of late 19th-century oversized English porcelain hand-painted vases (28 inches tall and 9 ½ inches diameter at the base); and a mid-19th-century Continental iron shield with a well-detailed figural battle scene.

For more information about this auction, call 770.457.1903, e-mail to auction@greatgatsbys.com or visit the Great Gatsby’s website.

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