The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Home decor on offer in early December period art & design auction at Bonhams
A Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted and paint decorated mahogany center vitrine cabinet. Est. $1,000-1,500. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams looks forward to presenting its Period Art & Design Auction, December 11-12 in San Francisco, featuring property from the Estate of Katherine Elkins Boyd; jewelry from the Collection of “Golden Age” actress Hedy Lamarr; and unique designs for the home, sold to benefit museums and notable organizations throughout the Western United States.

Leading the sale is the much-anticipated “part two” of Bonhams sales of Property from the Estate of Katherine Elkins Boyd (Bonhams Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts sale, October 31, featured “part one” of Property from the Estate). Elkins Boyd was a well-known San Francisco Bay Area figure, Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee Eagles, delegate to the Republican National Convention, and daughter of legendary 20th century designer Frances Adler Elkins.

On offer from the Estate will be a selection of custom painted furniture and one-of-a-kind decorative accessories, from faience, jardinières and candlesticks to Venetian glass, fabric rolls and table lamps. Unique highlights will include a pair of Neoclassical style polychrome decorated zinc and cast aluminum finials from the second quarter of the 20th century (est. $1,500-2,500), a Spanish Talavera blue and white faience four piece garniture (est. $600-800) and a Frances Elkins painted plaster urn (est. $400-600). Also, there will be artworks by the artist Gene Frances Baker McComas (1886-1982), who Frances Adler Elkins commissioned for many works of art (estimates vary).

Jewelry featured in the sale will include gems from the Collection of Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000). Lamarr, born in Vienna, Austria, began her career in Czech and German films and was a student of theater director Max Reinhardt in Berlin. Lamarr’s role in the Czech production Ecstasy (1933) brought her worldwide attention and resulted in her call to Hollywood, to sign with MGM. The studio put her in a series of exotic adventure epics, including Algiers (1938) and White Cargo (1942). Her biggest success was in Cecil B. DeMille's spectacular Samson and Delilah (1949), as the title temptress. In 1957, Lamarr left the screen and retired in Florida.

Property from the Collection of Hedy Lamarr will include a colored and baroque cultured pearl, diamond and silver-topped gold bar brooch (est. $600-800) and a pair of baroque cultured pearl, diamond and gold bar brooches, together with a 1915 Austrian gold coin and 14k gold brooch (est. $600-800), among others.

Additional jewelry highlights will include a 22k gold coin bracelet (est. $2,500-3,000) and a fabric and 18k gold flower brooch by Elsa Peretti of Tiffany & Co., Spain (est. $600-800).

Of the sale, Bonhams San Francisco Director of Period Art & Design auctions, Christine Skinner, says, "The December sale will offer a large amount of property with spectacular provenance, whether it be museum deaccessioned artwork or property belonging to famous and interesting personalities. Each piece has a story to tell."

The decorative arts section of the sale will offer a bountiful selection of property. It will be led by a Sevres style, gilt bronze mounted porcelain large vase from the late 19th century, that measures 30 inches tall (est. $2,000-4,000) and a Wedgwood majolica turquoise ground fish platter (est. $1,500-1,800). The platter is oval-shaped and molded in relief with a scaly salmon resting on a bed of leaves, and is raised on four small feet.

Also on offer will be a pair of Paris porcelain urns, circa 1900 (est. $1,000-1,500) and a selection of flags from a collection from a museum in the Southwest, including four separate 48-star United States flags (estimates all $400-600) and a framed 13 star United States flag (est. $300-500), among others.

About 70 lots of Native American arts and artifacts will appear in the sale, including two Paiute baskets sold to benefit the Palm Springs Art Museum (est. $600-900), and a Tesuque bowl, sold to benefit the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Medford, Ore., (est. $400-600).

The furniture sector of the auction will feature a model M Steinway grand piano (est. $4,000-6,000) and a George III japanned corner cabinet (est. $2,500-3,500). Property sold to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will include a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted and paint decorated mahogany center vitrine cabinet (est. $1,000-1,500). There will also be a selection of bookcases, desks, dining and game tables, sofas, stools, stands, parlor chairs, chandeliers and more, with varying estimates – all sold to benefit the California Historical Society.

Approximately 90 lots of photography will appear in the sale, accompanied by more than 120 fine art examples. Selections of property from both categories will be sold to benefit notable institutions, such as Tuscany, Italy, a 2009 Multiple Impression Pigment Print by Richard Benson, sold to benefit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (est. $800-1,200) and The Road to Calvary, an oil on canvas from the School of Master of Huancayo, that is Property sold to benefit the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore., (est. $1,500-2,000). Additional highlights will include Edward Curtis’ Apache, comprising two images in one frame (est. $1,000-1,500) and Beniamino Benvenuto Bufano’s The Artist's Mother, in glazed terracotta (est. $1,500-2,500).

There will also be various works by Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), an American photographer, known for her photographs of nude and botanical scenes. Some highlights will include Mendocino Motif, a 1965 Gelatin silver print (est. $2,000-3,000); My Father, My Mother and Bossy, a 1923 gelatin silver print (est. $1,000-1,500); and Magnolia Bud 2, a 1920s Gelatin silver print ($700-900).

Today's News

November 12, 2011

Public gets first look at Wal-Mart heiress' new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Today, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Turner Contemporary

Indianapolis Museum of Art presents "Universe Is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yūsaku"

£9M Imperial Chinese vase tops Bonhams stunning Chinese art sale in London

Paris' Arts Decoratifs museum retrospective celebrates ad man Jean-Paul Goude

Reflex Gallery offers rare opportunity to view a selection of Roger Ballen's work in Amsterdam

The Collection of Will Fisher, founder of Jamb, to be offered at Christie's London in February 2012

Amid a time of economic uncertainty, United States history museums struggle to update exhibits

'Nancy Chunn: Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear' at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Norton Museum of Art names LACMA's Tim B. Wride as new Curator of Photography

Apparent 19th-century slave cemetery uncovered on former cotton plantation in Florida

Home decor on offer in early December period art & design auction at Bonhams

Ultra-rare and pristine copy of Action Comics 1, lost 11 years, up for sale at

University of Michigan Museum of Art to present five contemporary photographers in Face of our Time

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum announces monumental Owen Gromme gift

Edgy Brooklyn Museum to show film of ants on crucifix

Local talent the focus at August Wilson Center for African American Culture

Record for any photo sold at auction set in Christie's in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful