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#5572. An American Modern Gothic side chair made by the firm of Anthony Kimbel and Joseph Cabus. Circa 1875. Walnut; mortise and tenon construction; periced quatrefoils in the back. The firm exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 and had a large display of Modern Gothic furniture. The Cooper Hewitt Museum has in their collecton a Kimbel and Cabus catalogue and this chair is pictured in the catalogue. Detailed information about the firm is noted in the book: "In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement" (1896) pages 446-447 plus copies of steel engravings are pictured on pages 154-155. An identical chair is on exibit at the Metropolitian Msueum of Art in New York City in gallery 743. Condition: restored. Size: 35.5" high, 16.75" wide and 18" deep. The seat is 17" high. Price: $3,950.00.


#5411. An ebonized side chair attributed to either the firm of Pottier & Stymus or Herter Bros. Circa 1880. H.34.5", W.17.5", D.16.5". Incised numbers on the underside: " 48372". Design elements in this chair are similar in spirit to one pictured in an article written by Brian J. Lang The Art of Seating 200 Years of American Design an exhibition at the Colombia Museum of Art, South Carolina. "For their more elaborate chair commissions, the Herter Brothers utilized a basic frame design, which could be embellished in any number of stylistic variations. This formula is perfectly illustrated in their circa 1880 side chair which incorporates a variety of artistic styles drawm from the Romanesque, Anglo-Japanese and Reform Gothic design vocabularies. This chair made of ebonized cherry with detailed inlay features a colonnade of Moorish or Romanesque-style arches..." Price:$7,500.00.


#6021. A pair of American Rococo side chairs; rosewood circa 1850's. Made by the firm of Meeks (NYC) "The Hawkins Pattern" Condition: replaced fabric, original finish. From a Newport, RI home. In the family for generations. Condition: without issue. Inquiries welcomed.


# 6033. An English Late Regency Chess table. Circa 1830. Rosewood, cast bronze with ormulu surface and a porcelain game top. Size: 21" diameter and 30.5" tall to the top of the bronze gallery. Condition: excellent. Price: $4,500.00.


# 5727. A rare American Modern Gothic shaving stand. Circa 1870-75. Size: 19.5" wide x 15.5" deep and the stand is 40" tall to the ceramic top and 70.5" tall to the top of the stand. There are two drawers: the upper on locks (no key) and the one below it does not lock. The mirror and hardware appear to be original. Condition: excellent. Price: $1,950.00.


# 5723. A set of 5 19th century Biedermeier lyre back chairs. Fruit wood. Probably Austrian. Viennese furniture of this era (1810-20) was generally fruit wood and the lyre back is a common form. The splayed front and back feet are also common design themes. These chairs retain their original upholstery foundations composed of horse hair and woven straw with muslin covers. The lyre back displays 5 brass rods attached with an upper and lower brass brace; 5 turned wood finials cap the top back of each chair. Size: 32.5" tall and the seat is 15" in diameter and if 17" off the floor. Condition: ancient worm holes, considerable scuffs and mars plus splits and old repairs to several legs. Price for the set: $3,950.00


#5124. A Newport Gilded Age Louis XVI Style Bed. Carved, Cained and painted. Size: 54" wide, 73" long. The headboard is 62" tall and the footboard is 27" tall. The feet are 6" tall. Age: circa 1900.Because of the curve in the caning the size mattress would be: 54" x 76" and would probably have to be custom made. Condition: the bed fits together correctly; one of the two side rails is bowed though it does not hinder the assembly of the bed; there are two punctures to the interior of the caining of the footboard where a mattress pushed in the caining. There are no other punctures to the caining. The carved ribbon crest was broken off at some time in the past and re-attched. Much of the bed is double cained with the exception of the large center section to the headboard. There was not a 'cottage' in Newport at the turn of the century that did not have at least one of these beds. If cained furniture is not to your taste, this bed could be easily upholstered. Price: $4,500.00.


# 5503. A Beaux Arts Herter Bros. rosewood three panel folding screen, circa 1895, with pastoral panels created by the firm of William Baumgarten & Company.William Baumgarten was the managing director of Herter Bros. prior to 1891 but left and started his own company after securing the manufacturing rights to produce Gobelins tapestries in the U.S. (active between 1893-1910). The marriage of Baumgarten and Herter Bros. in this screen results in this magnificent three panel rosewood screen. The firm of Baumgarten was located at 321 5th Avenue in New York City. When these tapestries were woven, the cost per section was between $500.00 and $1,000.00 which translates in today's dollars between $11,000.00 and $22,000.00 each. Examples of Baumgarten tapestries can be seen in museums including The Metropolitan Museum in New York. Size: 76.5" tall and 90" wide. Each rosewood panel is signed "Herter Bros" on the underside. Condition: Splits to the beige velvet panel on the back side and a split to the Aubusson panel on the right side. Scuffs and mars to the rosewood frame consistent with use and age. P.O.R.


# 4951. A Settee in Maple; circa 1885-1905, design attributed to Francis Bacon and made by the A.H. Davenport Co. of Boston (Cambridge). Size 50" wide x 35" tall at the back by 22" deep with the seat 17" high. The design reflects the Colonial and Romanesque Revivals in a highly severe and sophisticated manner. Francis Bacon first designed furniture for the prestigious NYC decorating firm of HERTER BROS. that had decorated the mansion of William H. Vanderbilt among many others of that category. By 1883 Bacon became associated with the celebrated Boston architect H.H. Richardson who popularized the Romanesque Revival style in America. By 1885 Bacon had become the principal designer for the A.H. Davenport Furniture Company. The Davenport Company made pieces for the White House in 1902; commissioned by McKim, Mead & White, selected by President and Mrs. Roosevelt. This settee very much shows the influence of Herter Brothers chic elegance and the American Romanesque Revival adaptation of H.H. Richardson. Minor old insect damage to the back right leg does not lesson the strength of this very practical piece of seating which only requires the changing of the (original) upholstery. Normal wear and left back top rail veneer repair. Price: $1,750.00


# 5145. An American Empire Style Console Table. This is a revival console: American has been enchanted with the Empire Style since the early 19th century through the first couple decades of the 20th century. This console was made between 1880 and 1900. Unlike it's earlier counterparts, it is not veneer but solid Mahogany. Extremely well made and very heavy, the size is: 36" tall by 22" deep and 48" wide. There is a center drawer. The metal capitols and footing for the columns are fire gilt bronze and are very well cast. Condition: the table has multiple scuffs and would be greatly enhanced with a good French Polishing. There are no losses. The top is a single piece of Mahogany. The price for this console is $3,850.00.


# 5220. A pair of fine late 18th early 19th century Bilbao Mirrors. Size: 15" wide and 32" tall. Condition: the gesso/wire decoration is in excellent condition and the gilding appears to be intact; the mirror/glass is appropriately distressed because of age (when these mirrors were first used, people with powdered wigs were looking at their reflections); the marble columns and framing may have had some restoration over the years, but there are no apparent serious problems. These mirrors are more commonly seen in finer New England 18th century homes. It is rare to find a pair in such nice condition. A similar pair are on exhibit at at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (G328). Literature: In The Looking Glass in America, 1700-1825, by Helen Comstock, a pair of similar Bilbao mirrors are illustrated, p. 80, fig. 53. Comstock writes, "Bilbao mirrors reached America about 1790-1810 in some thus far unexplored phase of [America's] trade with Europe. They take their name from Bilbao (formerly sometimes written Bilboa), a port in northwestern Spain near the French border that was frequented by American merchant ships in the 18th century. Note: A similar pair of mirrors sold at Skinners Auctions for almost $22,000.00 in the Fall of 2010 with labels reading: "Bernard Cermenati, Carver, Gilder, Picture Frame and Looking Glass Manufacturer, No. 10 State Street - Newburyport." Our mirrors are un-labeled. Price: $15,000.00 the pair.


# 5138. An American Empire Center Table. Circa 1830-40. Rosewood / Egyptian Marble / Black Marble. Size: 31" tall / 35" across. This tri foot base table has an Egyptian Marble center support with bronze upper and lower caps; The marble top was probably replaced at one time and the surface is glass like. This design is uncommon with most centertables of this era usually having a wood center post or support. The marble column unbolts for more easy transportation. { We have located a similar item: offered by Christies on Thursday June 2, 1983 -Quervelle 5370 - lot # 185 "An Empire Mahogany Veneer Marble top Center Table - New York, 1830-40" The estimate was then $3,000.00 - $3,500.00.}Price $3,500.00.


# 5123. A single American parlor chair. Circa 1876. Mahogany. In the Japanesque / Aesthetic style. Size: the back is 30" tall; the seat is 14" tall; the seat is 21" across and 19" deep. There is no evidence that there were castors on this chair. Very good original condition with minor scuffs; no repairs or breaks. All four legs are carved with paws. The oriental carved fret work panels are inset into the frame. Probably New York City. Upholstery dates from the "awful" 1960's. Price: $2,250.00.


#5083. A Console Table. Baroque, circa 1625-1725. "Torchiere - Candelabra Stand - Palace piece, Probably Austrian. The figure "Pan" stands in a glade of flowers, in front of foliage which supports the back; he holds a fancy marble top. 37" tall x 16.5" deep x 28" wide. Some 19th century reinforcements plus the top may be 19th century as well. Worm hold damage to the entire console; loss of one finger and repair to adjoining finger. Old patina to the surface. From an old Boston Estate of note. Price: $38,500.00.


# 4875x. An "American Renaissance" Style 19th century dining side chair. Mahogany. From the estate of Arthur Curtis James. Used on his yacht Aloha (second and latter yacht of that name). Of the finest carving consistent with workmanship of Herter Bros. of New York City. Size: 38" tall with the seat 19" wide, deep and tall. Condition: original finish to the carved wood surface; re-upholstered at some time in the past. To find out more about Arthur Curtis James . . James fortune was copper; he owned in Newport Rhode Island Beacon Hill House and The Swiss Village; he was a Commodore and his yachts were The Coronet and The Aloha. The Coronet is being restored by the Newport Museum of Yachting. There is a matching chair to this one known to exists in Newport. This chair relates to The Crawford Library Table pictured on page 266 of "Art & Enterprise" American Decorative Arts, 1825-1917 The Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection published in 1999. As described, the library table " was found in Newport in the early 1980's, where it was reported to have come from a member of the Vanderbilt family." To see James's Beacon Hill . . . Price: $3,500.00.


# 4835. A single parlor chair. c. 1860. American - Rococo Style. Ebonized wood with exceptional well cast furniture mounts. Consistent with production from the workshops of Auguste-Émile Ringuet-Leprince . Condition: reupholstered in the 1960's / the arms are slightly separated from the back caused by loose joints; original finish. Leon Marcotte was the son-in-law of Emmanuel Ringuet LePrince of Paris. This single chair is similar to a large impressive set made for Chateau-sur-mer of Bellevue Avenue / Newport Rhode Island. We quote information from the MET in New York about a similar chair that they have in their collection: " Armchair, 1843 Auguste-Émile Ringuet-Leprince (French, 1801–1886; firm active Paris, 1840–48) Ebonized fruitwood (apple or pear), beech, gilt bronze mounts, original upholstery; 38 1/2 x 23 1/4 x 26 1/8 in. (97.8 x 59.1 x 66.4 cm) Gift of Mrs. Douglas Williams, 1969 (69.262.3) In the 1840s, well-to-do New Yorkers preferred French furniture to that made in their native city. In 1844, Mrs. Samuel Jaudon of New York wrote to her friend Mrs. James C. Colles that "we on this side feel as if everything [is] so much handsomer, and better, and desirable that comes from Paris." Upon orders from New York clients, Parisian cabinetmaker and decorator Ringuet-Leprince shipped entire rooms of furniture, carpets, looking glasses, wallpapers, decorative objects, and sculpture. This armchair is part of a formal drawing room suite that was custom-made by Ringuet-Leprince as part of a suite for the abovementioned Colles family. The suite includes a pair of sofas, four armchairs, four side chairs, a firescreen, and a table. In 1850, the Colles' daughter, Frances, married John Taylor Johnston, a New York railroad executive who later served as the first president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1870 to 1889. The suite of furniture descended in the family, original upholstery intact, and, except for two armchairs, was given to the Museum in 1969. " Price: $2,950.00.


# 3449. Pictured is an early 19th century {c. 1825} Viennese 'Eagle' clock. Three train silk escapement movement. In Vienna these are called "Adleruhr". This clock chimes every 15 minutes and must be wound every day {30 Hour movement}. Size: app. 27" x 27". Replaced pendulum. Carved wood. Original surface: very worn. Original enamel dial with chips and damage to the dial. In working condition. This is the standard clock that graced better homes in Vienna during the Biedermeier Era. An elegant and beautiful time piece. As with all of our items displayed on the Internet, detailed photos are available. Price: $15,000.00.


# 3425. A period American Aesthetic chair. Low enough to be a slipper chair. c. 1885. Condition: painted surface less than 25 years old. Silver paint with Aesthetic decor. Upholstered with silk morié. Price: $895.00.


# 4581. A fine Aesthetic Era American Ebonized side Chair. Ebonized Cherry with inlaid back splat. SOLD.


# 5748. A pair of 18th century Neoclasical Petite Commodes Circa 1780. Size: 23.75" wide x 34.5" tall and 16.5" deep with the marble top extening 1.5" past the back of each commode. Extensive inlaid satinwood, boxwood, amaranth and ebony. Each commode is raised on tapered legs with a single door and drawer. This is matched pair of commodes with each door opening in the opposite direction. On either side of the door is a pair of fluted columns with Doric Capitols. The columns may have been gold gilt at one time. We know of no finer inlaid workmanship of Neopolitian marquerty in public or private collections of this era. Condition: the tops may or may not be original; considerable restoration to these commodes is necessary, though it has been over 100 years since any work has been done on these pieces. Attributed to the workshop of either Guiseppe Maggiolini (1738-1814) or Giovanni Maffezzoli (1776-1818) At the time when these commodes were created, Naples was the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies under Bourbon rule. Classical - Etruscan - motifs were used in the decor on these pieces. Inquiries.


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