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Skinner to host auction of European furniture and decorative arts

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Skinner to host auction of European furniture and decorative arts

Time: July 9, 2011 all day
Location: Boston gallery
Street: 63 Park Plaza
City/Town: Boston
Website or Map: http://www.skinnerinc.com
Phone: 617-350-5400
Event Type: auction, of, european, furniture, and, decorative, arts
Organized By: Darlene Hollywood
Latest Activity: Jun 23, 2011

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Skinner, Inc. will auction 1100 lots at their European Furniture and Decorative Arts event on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in their Boston gallery. The sale will feature Fine Ceramics including The Phyllis Ritvo Collection of Gouda Pottery, along with a diverse range of British, Italian and French furniture and decorations.

The Fine Ceramics offerings include Wedgwood wares spanning the company’s 250 years of production, such as a large assortment of black basalt and jasper wares. A first rate grouping of Doulton ceramics will also be for sale, highlighted by an important monumental Doulton Lambeth faience floral-decorated vase, lot 68. This vase, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, stands six-feet-four inches high; its mate was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Lot 80 is another exceptionally large vase made by Minton. Designed by Victor Etienne Simyan, it features figures of Prometheus bound in ropes, and stands well over four feet in height and is estimated at $5,000 to $7,000. Additionally, there is an exceptional selection of Royal Copenhagen porcelain “Flora Danica” pattern dinnerware included in the sale.

The Phyllis Ritvo Collection of Gouda Pottery is a particularly interesting part of this sale. An alumna of Wellesley College with a graduate degree from Northeastern University, Ritvo began collecting the Dutch pottery of Gouda in 1962, when she bought her first piece in an antiques shop for $27. Since that time, Ritvo and her husband, Gene, amassed a diverse collection encompassing a wide variety of Gouda wares. Ritvo documented her love of Gouda pottery with the publication of her book The World of Gouda Pottery in 1998.

Lot 786 of this auction, a c. 1920 Gouda semi-matte glaze pottery vase decorated with a magpie, is sure to draw attention. This 16 ¾ inch vase is charmingly enamel-decorated with the bird set within a floral landscape, and is estimated at $800 to $1,200. Lot 880 is a Gouda high glaze pottery plaque produced c. 1905, decorated with a country landscape and signed "M.V. Barselen." At 14 x 20 inches, this piece is estimated at $1,000 to $1,500.

In conjunction with the preview on Friday, July 8, 2011, Skinner will host a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 7:00 p.m. titled “Gouda Pottery and Dutch Decorative Arts,” presented by Frans Leidelmeijer. Leidelmeijer is an internationally recognized expert in Dutch decorative arts from 1880 to the early 1900s.

The July 9th auction will also feature a selection of fantastic furniture and decorative arts. Lots of particular note include lot 305, a Georgian-style Japanned bureau cabinet from the mid-19th century. The cabinet is decorated with chinoiserie motifs on a persimmon ground gilt. The two mirrored doors and slant lid open to reveal an elaborate fitted interior of valanced compartments, drawers, and locked doors, with sliding files formed by the bindings of four volumes of Pinkerton's Travels. It is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

Lot 367 is a whimsical pair of Venetian parcel-gilt and carved wood stands formed as Blackamoor acrobats. Made in the 19th century, each stand depicts a figure wearing an Egyptian kilt and headdress, balancing on his lower back and hands with legs overhead and head between his thighs. The pair is estimated at $5,000 - $7,000. Lot 476 is comprised of a pair of Russian neoclassical painted and parcel-gilt X-form stools from the 19th century. With upholstered seats, fan-carved friezes, and serpent-form legs, the stools are 18 inches tall and estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

This sale also features a wide selection of bronzes, Russian icons, paintings and prints, German porcelain plaques, and German stoneware and tin-glazed steins.

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