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Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on July 12th and 13th in its Boston gallery. Session I of the two-day sale opens with The Bent Family Collection: Furniture and Decorative Arts from Quattro Venti. Session II features sculpture, pottery, and porcelain and presents The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection of 18th Century English Pottery.
The Bent Family Collection
The July 12th session of the auction features furniture, decorative arts, glass, and silver from a variety of estates and collections. The auction opens with The Bent Family Collection: Furniture and Decorative Arts from Quattro Venti. Designed and furnished in the Mediterranean Revival style, Quattro Venti is the last great private residence in Annisquam Village, a small fishing hamlet near Gloucester, Massachusetts. Quincy Bent, vice president in charge of production at Bethlehem Steel at the turn of the last century, built the summer retreat around 1912 and his wife, Deborah Norris Bent, oversaw the design and decorated the interior.
Highlights of the Quattro Venti offerings epitomize the eclectic Mediterranean Revival style and include: an Italian rococo inlaid walnut chest of drawers (lot 63, estimated between $4,000 and $6,000), a pair of Spanish Colonial-style wrought iron gates (lot 90, $3,000 to $5,000), a verdure tapestry (lot 87, $4,000 to $6,000), a pair of Italian Renaissance-style bronze torchieres (lot 85, $4,000 to $6,000), a portrait of Deborah Norris (Brock) Bent by William McGregor Paxton (lot 6, $10,000 to $15,000), and a pair of Italian Renaissance demilune walnut console tables (lot 5, $3,000 to $5,000). The home’s sterling silver, including a magnificent six-piece Hunt & Roskell Ltd. sterling silver tea service (lot 83, $8,000 to $12,000) and an extensive dining suite retailed by Caldwell & Co. that includes a set of 18 sterling silver dinner plates (lot 13, $15,000 to $20,000), illustrates the lavish lifestyle the Bent family maintained at Quattro Venti.
The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection
Rounding out the sale is the Harry A. Root Jr. Collection of 18th Century English Pottery composed of roughly 370 lots including early creamwares, tortoiseshell wares, and salt glaze. This collection also includes an impressive display of early cow creamers. For over forty years Harry Root assembled his collection with a keen eye and unmatched enthusiasm, and scholars will be pleased to know that a portion of the Root Collection has been donated to the Art Institute of Chicago. For collectors everywhere, Skinner is proud to offer many rare and early examples of English pottery, including a Staffordshire enameled white salt-glazed stoneware sauceboat (lot 1377, $2,500 to $3,500).