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Diamonds, Pearls & Chanel . . .
Plus Fine Continental Decorative Arts at Schwenke Auctioneers’ Annual Holiday Sale December 7th

Posted November 18, 2014

Dutch Marquetry Linen Cabinet

Boucheron 18K Gold Necklace & Earrings

Presentation Sterling Silver Coffee Pot

Tang Dynasty Covered Jar

Chinese Archaistic Enamel Inlaid
Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel

Gorham Martele Silver Centerpiece Bowl

Loius XVI Painted Gilt Banquette

Franco Flemish Buffet a Deux Corps

Japanese Blue & White Charger

Chanel Green Wool & Silk Skirt Suit

Roberto Cavalli Velvet Gilt Pattern Suit

Fine Continental Furniture, Silver and Fine Fashions Are A Focus

Woodbury, CT – On Sunday December 7th at 11am, Schwenke Auctioneers will offer a strong selection of decorative arts along with over 250 lots of fine jewelry and fashion items in the Annual Holiday Fine Estates Auction. The decorative arts include American furniture and folk art, fine English and Continental furniture, Asian arts, silver and oriental rugs. The fashion selections feature designer clothing and accessories from a prominent upper east side New York City estate.

This sale will be held at the firm’s auction hall at Middle Quarter Plaza in Woodbury. Preview times are Wednesday, December 3rd thru Saturday December 6th from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday December 7th from 9am until sale time. There is also a priced estate tag sale in the firm’s north gallery running during the sale preview hours each day except Sunday.

This sale begins with fine and decorative arts lots. Featured furniture items include a Continental renaissance walnut buffet-a-deux corps, Franco-Flemish, the top with stepped cornice over two paneled locking doors, two drawers over two locking paneled cupboard doors below, with paneled sides on bun feet, 73" high, 46" wide, 21 1/2" deep; a Louis XVI painted and parcel gilt banquette, late 18th century, 18 1/2" high, 78 1/2" wide, 15 1/2" deep; a Louis XVI carved and painted beech wood canape, late 18th century, 38" high, 66 1/2" wide, 23" deep; and a very fine monumental Dutch baroque style walnut marquetry linen press, second half of 19th century, with elaborate light wood inlays, measuring 67" high, 66 1/4" wide, and 24" deep.

Other featured items include a small ceramic Pablo Picasso (Sp. 1881-1973) “Picador” bowl, inscribed “Edition Picasso Madoura 198/500”, measuring 6 ½” diameter, “Edition Picasso Madoura 198/500”; a fine pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marble covered urns, early 20th century, in Brocatelle violette du Jura marble on later brass bases, standing 20 1/2” high; a Loron Belgian pinfire revolver, with 6" octagonal barrel, folding trigger, and walnut grip,10-12mm, marked "Loron Brevete" with crown/T countermark, second half 19th century.

The sale includes many sterling silver lots. Featured is a rare Martele sterling silver monogrammed centerpiece bowl, mark of Gorham Mfg. Co, Providence, RI, 1913, of circular form with shaped undulating averted rim chased with oak and other leaves among Datura flowers on footed undulating base with similar chasing, underside with Gorham Martele mark “BWD .9584” silver content, and hand incised inscription “1889 January 3rd, 1914” and signature “WC Codman 1913”. The Martele line was produced from 1896 through the 1930's under the direction of Gorham's chief executive, Edward Holbrook, and his chief designer, William Christmas Codman, brought to the United States from England in 1891. 4 1/2" high, 13 1/2" diameter. Weight: 50.980 OZT.

Another rare sterling silver lot is a large hexagonal presentation sterling silver coffee pot presented to the St. Moritz Hotel, New York October 15th, 1930 by The Association of Public Interests in the Grisons and The Rhaetian Railway Company, Coire, Switzerland. The unusual pot, marked “Jezler 925”, measures 16 ½” high and weighs 82.725 OZT.

Asian decorative arts items on offer include a fine Chinese archaistic bronze enameled wine vessel from a Westchester collector, several early Chinese porcelains from a Canadian collection, a large Japanese porcelain charger from a New York City collection, and a rare Tang Dynasty porcelain covered jar formerly in the collection of Rudolph Schaeffer, prominent designer, scholar and founder of the Schaeffer School of Design. Also being sold is a rare Chinese recessed-leg painting table, late Ming Dynasty or Early Qing Dynasty, with single-panel top set within the wide rectangular mitred frame with mortise and tenon top and stretcher construction, with inset bamboo field in top, the frame supported on thick rounded legs joined by pairs of stretchers and rounded shaped supports.

Jewelry lots follow the decorative arts in order of sale. Among the fine jewelry items crossing the block are a strand of large 13mm yellow South Sea pearls with round diamond clasp in white gold, 16" long;
a 14K gold ruby and diamond bracelet, 20th century, containing forty four untreated oval rubies, totaling 30 carats and a clasp containing one oval ruby weighing 2 carats surrounded by fourteen untreated round white diamonds totaling .60 carats, together with an appraisal certificate from the Beverly Hills Gemological Laboratory, CA, 3/4" wide, 7" long;
a platinum and diamond ring set with emerald cut center diamond and six small diamonds, with GIA certificates, center diamond 1.30 cts, G color, SI2 clarity and size 6 with gross weight 1.8 DWT;
a 14 karat white gold and diamond ring containing a one carat round brilliant natural diamond, eight .05 carat baguette cut diamonds and four .065 round brilliant natural diamonds with appraisal report from the IGI stating a replacement value of $5,275.00, and approximately size 7;
a pair of 18K white gold cufflinks, set with small diamonds and four cabochon rubies approximate total 14.75 cts, signed "Seaman Shepps 11006", gross weight 9 DWT;
a large 18K gold bow form brooch, set with cabochon emeralds, sapphires and rubies with ninety diamonds with approximately 1.80 cts total diamond weight, 3" high, 2 5/8" wide, with gross weight 41.4 DWT;
a stunning 18K gold Boucheron complex chain necklace and earrings, earrings marked OR750 and necklace marked “Boucheron” on the safety clasp, with French hallmarks and OR750 on clasp, dimensions approximately 14" inside, center design 1" wide, earrings 1 1/2" long, 1" wide, with gross weight 4.705 OZT; and two likely Seaman Schepps 14K gold link bracelets, one consisting of nine wood links and nine gold links and the other a "wrapped link" bracelet, both unmarked and measuring approximately 7 1/2" long.

Over 200 lots of fashion items, principally from a prominent Upper East Side estate, will sell following the jewelry. Fashions by many prominent clothing designers are included. There are several Chanel articles including a metallic wool suit, a black silk evening gown and a leather jacket; also an Arnold Scaasi velvet applique evening gown, a Mary McFadden evening gown, two J. Mendel fur trimmed capes, a Thierry Mugler wool suit, and clothing by many other designers including Balenciaga, Ungaro, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Gianfranco Ferre and Ronald Amey.

This sale also will feature many estate oriental carpets including Persian and Caucasian room and scatter sized rugs, and other regional Asian rugs of varying sizes.

The catalog for the sale is viewable at Absentee and phone bidding are available for this live gallery auction, and the sale will be broadcast live through Live Auctioneers and Invaluable/Auction Zip. To register or arrange for absentee or phone bidding directly with the gallery, please call Schwenke Auctioneers/Woodbury Auction at 203-266-0323.

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