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Bonhams & Butterfields to Offer Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts
An impressive 8-foot tall Queen Anne seaweed marquetry and walnut tall case clock by Samuel Dryer, London (est. $6,000-
8,000). Photo: Courtesy Bonhams & Butterfields.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- On June 13, 2011 at Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles, the firm will offer Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts. Highlights from the 550-lot sale will include property from the 16th through the 20th centuries, with a focus on English, French, Italian, Spanish and German works. Highlighting the auction is a strong selection of more than 20 clocks by prominent makers such as Christopher Gould, one of the most important clock makers of the late 17th century, as well as property from the Estate of noted Hollywood figures, Tim Whelan and Miriam Seegar, among others.

Andrew Jones, Los Angeles Director of European Furniture and Decorative Arts at Bonhams & Butterfields said of the sale, “The spring auction boasts a good balance of 17th-19th century furnishings, porcelain and silver, as well as a robust offering of tall case, mantle and decorative clocks. Bonhams & Butterfields is to offer collectors a unique selection of property from across Europe.”

Among the marquee lots of the fall auction is a William and Mary walnut marquetry tall case clock by one of the most important makers of the late 17th/early 18th centuries, Christopher Gould (est. $20,000-40,000). The piece was once featured as lot 29 of the famous Wetherfield Collection clock auction on May 1, 1928 and is inscribed on the dial by the maker.

Also offered in the clock section of the auction is an impressive 8-foot tall Queen Anne seaweed marquetry and walnut tall case clock by Samuel Dryer, London (est. $6,000-8,000) and a George II lacquered tall case clock by John Burputt, London (est. $4,000-6,000), among others.

A strong selection of English and French furniture will also be offered during the June 13th sale. Included within the works of note are pieces by some of the most important Parisian makers such as François Linke, John François Alix and Guilliame Grohe. Highlights include a magnificent vitrine cabinet by Grohe (est. $75,000-100,000); a Louis XV/XVI transitional style gilt bronze mounted commode by Linke (est. $45,000-65,000) and a wonderful Louis XV style rosewood and mahogany marble top cabinet by Alix (est. $30,000-50,000), as well as property from the Estate of director, writer, producer and actor, Tim Whelan and his wife, actress and Los Angeles interior decorator, Miriam Seegar.

Preview: June 10-12, 2011, Los Angeles
Auction: June 13, 2011, Los Angeles

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