A diverse, 1,700-lot auction spanning Continental furniture and lighting, more than 350 works of fine art and sculpture, and a selection of Pre-Columbian and Asian Art is set to capture the imagination of decorators and collectors alike Feb. 21-23 at Heritage Auctions
. The Fine & Decorative Arts including Estates Signature Auction is one of the firm's most popular auction events held biannually at the firm's Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum St.
"There's no telling what treasures might cross the block," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President of Decorative Arts at Heritage. "Punctuated with an exciting selection of beautiful, finely crafted Continental furniture and decorative arts, this auction is filled with rare and noteworthy objects appealing to every range of collector."
A selection of exceptional furniture presented includes a Louis XVI-style bureau Mazarin made of ebonized wood decorated with stunning Boulle marquetry. The piece is accented by figures dancing within gilt borders on a silvered ground and is expected to hammer for $20,000. An early 19th century German Empire mahogany temple-form roll-top desk intricately fitted with hidden drawers and compartments, is estimated to bring $30,000+, while an early 19th century French Chinoiserie Lacquered and Gilt Bronze mounted writing desk is expected to generate bidder interest at $20,000.
Stand out pieces include an Edwardian mahogany circular staircase, expected to hammer for $8,000 and astriking pair of Modernist carved, white marble chairs, estimated at $7,000. The auction also features three rare specimen tables, the largest supporting a micromosaic table top depicting birds and six mosaics of flowers and classical landmarks on a tripartite gilt wood base, which could sell for $15,000.
Leading the extensive selection of decorative arts are four, Louis XV-style gilt bronze, five-light sconces, estimated at $20,000, while the auction's fine art paintings and sculpture features Victoire, an imposing bronze on a marble base, after Mathurin Moreau (French, 1822-1912), is presented with a $20,000 estimate.
Several private collections offered during the three-day auction event includes a selection of art glass, led by a Lalique frosted Bacchantes vase, estimated at $2,500. An important private collection of rare match safes is highlighted by a circa 1900, 14 karat gold Blackington safe made in North Attleboro, Mass., which may bring $1,500, and a circa 1898 Gorham safe, sporting an enameled blue Yale pendant, which is also expected to bring $1,500+. An important selection of rare meerschaum pipes with original cases from a private New York collection is on offer as well and a lot of seven figural pipes, all dating to the late 19th century, may sell for $800.
Additional highlights include, but are not limited by:
A pair of Italian marble winged nymphs, seated on marble pedestals. Estimate: $15,000.
A 164-piece Reed & Barton Love Disarmed pattern silver and silver gilt partial flatware service. Estimate: $8,000.
West of Walton, Early Afternoon, 1986, an oil on canvas by Keith Jacobshagen. Estimate: $2,000.
An arresting collection of African and Middle Eastern blades and ethnographic weapons, including a lot of 11 such examples as well as an Indo-Persian Tulwa and a deadly three-bladed Katar, which may bring $400.