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Boston, MA – March 15, 2012 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts on Saturday, March 31st in its Boston gallery. The sale begins with nearly 450 lots of fine silver from England, the Continent, Asia, and the Americas. It continues with 400 more lots covering the range of European furniture, decorative arts, and paintings.
Among the fine silver items offered will be a Henrik Moller Arts and Crafts Dragestil covered cup (lot 116, estimated between $4,000 and $6,000). Dragestil or “Dragon Style” was a Norwegian architecture and design movement that occurred between 1880 and 1910. A Viking/medieval Scandinavian revival style, Dragestil features motifs from Old Norse mythology such as serpents and dragons. The Moller cup makes terrific (and grotesque) use of such Viking imagery, with frieze illustrations from the legend of Hagbart and Signe featuring dragons, monsters, serpents and other fang-toothed creatures adorning the vessel.
Other fine silver highlights include a George III silver wine cooler (lot 31, $7,000 to $9,000) from 1803 made by William Pitts; a large pair of 19th century, baluster-shaped Chinese export vases (lot 173, $5,000 to $7,000); a Gorham “Martelé” Art Nouveau tray (lot 290, $7,000 to $9,000); an extensive Georg Jensen cactus pattern partial flatware service (lot 131, $7,000 to $9,000); and a 19th century Continental gold and enamel snuffbox (lot 96, $5,000 to $7,000).
A selection of Russian enamels will be offered including a gold-washed silver and cloisonné enamel egg by Dimitri Nikolaev (lot 157, $2,000 to $3,000); a Gold-washed silver and cloisonné enamel Kovsh by Maria Semyonova (lot 153, $2,000-3,000); a set of twelve gold-washed silver and enamel spoons, with marks possibly for Grachev Brothers (lot 160, $2,000 to $3,000); and a gold-washed silver and guilloché enamel open salt made by Genady Pavlov (lot 162, $1,200 to $1800).
According to Stuart Slavid, director of the Skinner department of European furniture & decorative arts, “the March 31st sale presents a very fine and diverse assortment of silver with works from a range of periods, countries, and styles. There is something for every taste and decor.”
European Furniture & Decorative Arts
Notable European furniture items include an early 19th century, French, Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze-mounted inlaid tulipwood corner cabinet (lot 588, $3,000 to $5,000); a bronze-mounted and marquetry-inlaid credenza with arabesque decorations (lot 792, $2,000 to $4,000); an 18th century Continental rococo oak bookcase bureau with rocaille decorations (lot 567, $2,000 to $3,000); an aesthetic movement Longwy pottery and Bradley and Hubbard brass stand at (lot 708, $1,000 to $1,500); and an 18th century Georgian serpentine inlaid mahogany chest (lot 658, $2,500 to $3,000)