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.

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Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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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.

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Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 7:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Christie’s reveal performance of salerooms and departments

Christie’s have announced worldwide sales totalling Ј589m ($947m) for the first six months of 2003, again laying claim to the title of the world’s leading auction house. This compares with a dollar total for the same period last year of $989m, a fall of just over four per cent. Of this, auction sales make up Ј549m ($883m) and private sales Ј40m ($64m).

Like Sotheby’s, Christie’s blame the fall in sales on the Iraq conflict, the adverse impact of foreign currency movements and the SARS epidemic in the Far East. As a result of SARS in Hong Kong, Christie’s rescheduled their April Asian Art and Jewellery sales to July, so they Ј32m ($52 million) totals from these will show up in the third quarter results instead.

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Fine European Furniture, Works of Art & Silver including the Collections of Roger Imbert & Général Edouard Barès

The first session of this sale will include the Collection of Général Edouard Barès, one of the founders of military aviation. Born in the region of Toulouse, the general collected a beautiful ensemble of Parisian and provincial silver from the 16th to 19th centuries. His collection includes a rare pair of Louis XIV dressing-table candlesticks, made in Paris in 1694-95, as well as a wide range of beautiful plates, coffee and chocolate pots and cutlery.

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Published in: on December 7, 2001 at 8:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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