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Americana Week 2007 at Sotheby's
John James Audobon, The Snowy Heron or White Egret, 1835 previously owned by the City of New York.
NEW YORK.- Sotheby’s will open Americana Week 2007 on January 19th with an offering of 26 lots of Tiffany Chrysanthemum pattern silver, including flatware services, platters, entrée dishes, tea sets, candelabra, tazza, centerpiece bowls, sauceboats and pitchers, among others, and highlighting this section is a pair of massive nine-arm candelabra, circa 1895 (est. $50/70,000) and a seven-piece tea set and tray, circa 1895 (est. $40/60,000). Another feature of the January sale is John Quincy Adam’s gold-mounted carnelian fob seal and gold pair-case watch, circa 1816 (est. $70/90,000). A selection of 18th century silver including tankards, porringers and teapots, will be offered, including an American silver creamer, Paul Revere, Jr., Boston, circa 1790 (est. $15/20,000), a rare American silver chased teapot, Ephraim Brasher, New York, circa 1775 (est. $10/20,000) and an American silver teapot, Thomas Hammersley, New York, circa 1765 (est. $12/18,000).

The sale will also feature a wonderful selection of Audubon prints, including some of the most desirable birds and memorable images depicted by the artist and engraved by Robert Havell. Audubon’s commitment to rendering the birds life-size is most certainly seen best in these larger format prints which allow for more graphic and dynamic composition. The meticulous hand-coloring by the Havell colorists is also very evident in this assemblage of particularly vibrant impressions. The Snowy Heron or White Egret, 1835, is a particularly beautiful impression of this spectacular print, previously owned by the City of New York and to be sold with a Certificate of Provenance signed by former Mayor of New York, Edward Koch (est. $80/100,000). Other prints on offer include Carolina Parrot, circa 1829 (est. $70/100,000), Great White Heron, 1835 (est. $50/70,000) and Long-Billed Curlew, 1834 (est. $30/50,000).

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