Cuban furniture became the top lot at Bonham’s

Set of two chest of drawers. Cuba. Late 18thC. Mahogany, carving. Lot sold for $180 000. Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts. Bonham’s. Los Angeles, September 8

Los Angeles – On September 8, Bonham’s held the sales Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts. The auction house presented a considerable number of items of furniture and applied art of the 18th–20th.

The most expensive lot was a very rare and quite unusual set − a pair of magnificent baroque chests of drawers from mahogany made in the second quarter of the 18th century in Cuba. The set totaled $180 000. Samples of the Cuban furniture are extremely rare at the antiquarian market. Meanwhile works by the local cabinetmakers who gained a very high proficiency level in the 18th–19th centuries were popular on all extent of Caribbean basin. Traditions of furniture art, most likely were brought to the island by the Spanish immigrants. The pair chests of drawers presented at the auctions is in excellent safety; they are of skillful assemblage and have refined silhouettes. Presumably, they were made for one of the local churches.

The following lot is the crystal French chandelier executed in Louis XV style. It was sold for $39 000. Its frame is made of bronze and gilded. A chandelier framing is from the rock crystal faceted in the form of leaves and polygons.

The magnificent wooden mirror with gilding of the period of Napoleon III was at the same estimate. The massive mirror which remained practically in the original condition is decorated with sophisticated carved pattern, figures of sphinxes, chimeras and images of urns.

One more French chandelier also executed in the Louis XV style was sold for $30 000.
Another interesting lot is the sculptural allegorical image of the Moon in a figure of a woman. The sculpture (height 178 cm) is dated to the early 20th century and has a sign – A. Gori. The lot was sold for $26 400.

Among other Bonham’s highlights is a pair of figurines of the German knights cut out from ivory. Each of them is in the tiny gilded armour and has a sword and a stamp shield bearing a coat of arms. Figurines were made in Germany in the late 19th century. The set fetched $22 800.

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