Sunset Estate Auction

Bonhams & Butterfields, international fine arts auctioneers, is pleased to announce the July 12, 2009 Sunset Estate Auction featuring the collection of Severin Wunderman and the Estate of Elise Mudd Marvin. The 750-lot Los Angeles auction will feature a diverse array of European furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries.

A resident of Los Angeles for many years, Wunderman was known as much for his keen business acumen as he was for his private collection of fine furniture and decorative arts. His life story is one of survival, triumph and philanthropy as well as collecting. From the Nazi invasion of Belgium in 1940 when he was hidden in the countryside to a chance meeting with Aldo Gucci, Wunderman was guided by perseverance.

After years of manufacturing watches under the Gucci brand Wunderman acquired the Swiss watch manufacturer Corum. He transformed the previously ailing brand with his creation of the dynamic, unmistakable look for which they are now known.

Highlights from the Severin Wunderman Collection will include: an imposing Neoclassical style parcel gilt mahogany bed (est. $7,000-9,000); a Bohemian gilt brass mounted cobalt blue glass box (est. $1,200-1,800) and an Italian Baroque style ivory inlaid walnut, rosewood and ebonized table cabinet (est. $2,000-3,000) among others. Proceeds from the Collection will benefit the Severin Wunderman Foundation.

Property from the Estate of Elise Mudd Marvin will also be offered during the summer auction. Marvin is known throughout the philanthropic community for her generous donations to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other leading cultural institutions in Southern California. Her close affinity to Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, which was named for her uncle, reinforced her interest in education. Marvin was a founding trustee of Pitzer College until the late 1960s. Her philanthropic work and contributions continued until her passing.

Works on offer from the Estate of Elise Mudd Marvin will include a set of eight Saporiti chromed metal and suede upholstered chairs (est. $800-1,200); a group of Chinese blue and white export porcelains (est. $800-1,200) and a group of Asian blue and white ceramics (est. $500-700).

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