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An Italian Neoclassical paint-decoration cabinet. Late 18th century. The front and sides are decorated in the Renaissance style with each of the eight panels finely painted ~ white background with pale green and blue designs. Period hinges, lock, feet and cornice. Size: 90.5" x 69.5" x 30.5". Price: $39,500.00.


# 5505. A magnificent wreck! Early 19th century console table. English. Adams Style. Size: 24" x 60" x 32" tall. Condition: the legs were gesso and gilt: very flaking. Most of the bottom stretchers are there (one piece on the lower right front is missing). There is considerable apron flaking and a few of the moldings are missing. The top which is painted with a large medallion and garlands of flowers is very dirty and needs restoration. There is enough here to restore, it will just take time, patience and investment. P.O.R.


# 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.


# 5499. A table and chair: Russian, made between 1880 and 1900. Carved and painted wood. The size of the table is 42" x 27" x 29" tall. The single chair size: the seat is 18" x 14" and the back is 39" tall. This two piece set is in the folkloric style. The construction is closest to the American Modern Gothic style. The hand painted decorations are remaniscent of the painted Russian boxes found on the market throughout the decades. This set was possibly from an International Exhibition such as the Columbia Exposition in Chicago in 1893 where Russia participated with decorative arts from their country. Condition: considerable scuffs, scratches to both the table and chair. The "moon" shown on the table is probably an afterthought to 'repair' a mar to the painted surface. There are old splits to the back of the chair. The set should be cleaned and the painted surfaces should be restored. This is a rare set, uncommon to the market. P.O.R.


# 5482. A single American gilt and carved wood desk chair. Japanesque revival, circa 1885. "Imitation bamboo" carved and gold gilt wood with ivy leaves carved into the crest. This chair is exceptional in its design and execution. New York City and Boston were the centers of production for this style furniture in the United States. Known manufacturers of this style furniture at the time were: (in New York City) A.A. Vantine & Co. - R.J.Horner - Herter Bros. - Herts Bros. ( in Boston Massachusetts) The American Bamboo Company - J.W. Wall. Gilded furniture was especially popular in Newport Rhode Island, where this chair has resided for the last 100 or more years. Size: seat: 17" wide x 16" deep and 19" tall; the chair is 35.5" tall. Condition: scuffs and loss to the gilt surface; no breaks or repairs. Upholstered in a Aesthetic design silk fabric. Inquiries. . .


# 5322. A matched pair of carved wood finials. Size: base 8.75" and they are 25" tall. Condition: the flames were attached to another object and were used in an application that may have been part of a larger installation; minor losses consistent with use and age; probably predate 1900. P.O.R.


#5411. An ebonized side chair attributed to the firm of Pottier & Stymus of N.Y.C. 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. Price: $7,500.00.


#5410. An ebonized side chair attributed to the firm of Pottier & Stymus of N.Y.C. 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 Designan exhibition at the Colombia Museum of Art, South Carolina. Price: $7,500.00.


# 4518. A pair (2) of identical Rosewood and parcel gilded Egyptian Revival armchairs with porcelain plaque inserts. Either made by the NYC workshop of Pottier & Stymus or Herter Bros. between 1869-89.The Pottier & Stymus showroom was located at 632 Broadway and the decorating firm specialized in Egyptian Revival furnishings among other historical styles and continued until 1919. These chairs are from a local Newport Rhode Island Estate on Bellevue Avenue. These pieces have had a recent museum quality restoration. Carved initials "TR" and the date "1906" on the back of one of the chairs. Splice to the back of one of the legs and a minor carved decoration has been replaced on one of the chairs. Price: $35,000.00 the pair.


# 4595. An Art Deco Sideboard / Bar. Macassar (Ebony). Circa 1925-30. Either French or English. Imported from England several decades ago. Size: 84.75" across; 20.75" deep at the deepest; 34" tall to the top of the mid level, serving area; 70.75" tall to the top of the cabinet. This cabinet combines bar and dining sideboard in the same functional design. Ample storage space for glasses, linens, silver, table cloths and of course liquor bottles. Adjustable shelves. The center door folds down to provide and area for mixing cocktails (mirrored back inside of bar area). This is an extremely heavy sideboard: this form of ebony is very dense and weighty. Comes apart in an upper and lower section. Highly figures grain patterning across the entire front of the cabinet. The sides are also figured. Condition: minor scuffs consistent with use and age. Only one key to operate the center bar area. The top side cabinets, thought they have key escutcheons, there are no locks. The other doors have locks (though no keys). There are five pull out drawers (two on the left with felt divided partitions / three on the right). A real showstopper in mass and design. Unmarked. Price: $7,500.00.


# 5291. A 19th century Secretary signed Caron l'ainé (stamped under the writing surface fabric). Age: 1861(date marked in pencil 1861). Size: 40" - 30" tall to the top of the pull out writing surface and 88" tall to the top of the crest. This finely crafted cabinet is from a Newport Rhode Island Estate. There are 4 external drawers; the pull out writing surface reveals two interior drawers - one with ink compartment and pen holder. The glass door cabinet supports three shelves. The legs are solid Ebony. The applied decorations usually in this form of furniture are gilt bronze, but on this cabinet all the decorations are carved wood. Missing wood decorations have been cast and applied but not yet gilt. The drawers are solid rosewood. The decorations have a strong Neo-Grec influence. Price: $15,000.00


# 4799. A decorated chest. Circa 1935-40. Painted with classical Italian landscapes / marbleized wood top. Size: 72" long / 18.5" deep and 34.5" tall. Two top drawers / two center doors opening to storage space and two shallow doors (one on either side). The doors lock.Condition: scuffing and chipping to the marbled surface consistent with use and age. Price: $2,750.00.


# 5264. A fine Ebonized Modern Gothic Hanging Corner Display Cabinet. American - Circa 1875. Size: 32" top to bottom; 23" across and 16" deep. Condition: original velvet interior; original finish; no key; lock and hinges original. A pair of ceramic aesthetic style tiles decorate either side of the cabinet. There are two interior shelves; glass wood framed door and a shelf with plate 'rail' on the top. Not marked; consistent with the workmanship of the firm of Kimbel & Cabus. A simple and elegant parlor cabinet. Price: $900.00.


# 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: $3,250.00.


# 1591. A Venetian Mirror. Circa 1876. Size: 36" tall and 40" wide. Condition: various losses, repairs and cracked mirrored side panels. From a Boston South End Town House. Wood back. The quality of the glass shows in the brilliant refraction in sunlight. The center mirrored panels is beveled. All the glass is period and original. Price: $2,500.00.


# 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: $22,500.00 the pair.


# 5207. A fine Regency style period girandole convex mirror. Early 19th century. Size: 48" tall / 32" across and the mirror is 17" in diameter. Condition: the wood/gesso surface has been glazed over with a gold paint; there may be some water lay gilding under the paint that may be recovered; the mirror/glass appears to be original and in good condition; one of the tail fins of the serpent on the left side of the mirror is missing; the Sheraton style urn at the top of the mirror has been broken off and re-attached; the prisms, though period, may or may not be contemporary with the rest. From an area private home. Price: $5,500.00.


# 5109: A late 18th early 19th century side table. Size: 21" wide x 14" deep and 22" tall. Probably Italian; walnut with various inlaid woods. The center inlaid decoration is an interpretative representation of the Doves of Pliny. Quoting: "Pliny's Doves In one of the rooms on the upper floor of the museum of the Capitol at Rome are the celebrated Doves of Pliny, one of the finest and most perfectly preserved specimens of ancient mosaic. It represents four doves drinking, with a beautiful border surrounding the composition. The mosaic is formed of natural stones, so small that 160 pieces cover only a square inch. It is supposed to be the work of Sosus, and is described by Pliny as a proof of the perfection to which that art had arrived. He says: “At Pergamos is a wonderful specimen of a dove drinking, and darkening the water with the shadow of her head; on the lip of the vessel are other doves pluming themselves.” This exquisite specimen of art was found in Villa Adriana, in 1737, by Cardinal Furietti, from whom it was purchased by Clement XIII. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894". Our example has three doves not four. Condition: various restorations to edges and some loss to the top inlaid workmanship borders. Price: $1,550.00.


# 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 $9,500.00.


# 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.


# 5150. An American Renaissance Revival Console Table. Size: 23" deep x 60" long x 32" tall. Painted Walnut. Condition: painted surface; the slate or marble top was broken at one time and is in two sections which fit together. The break shows with some surface edge loss across the break. The legs have subtle Egyptian Style design elements: lotus decorations. A well carved and useful table suitable behind a sofa or in a hall. A plateau on either side could hold vases or statues. Price: $4,250.00.


# 3767. A ceramic / pottery / Pedestal. Made between 1890 and 1910. Thickly glazed dull white surface over a solid composition material. Size: app. 42" tall and the top will support an object 9.5" across. Condition: various flakes and glaze crackelature. This is a very heavy stone like pedestal. Probably made for an indoor conservatory or to be used outside. We had this in our garden for a couple of years with the Newport, Rhode Island cold not affecting the integrity of the pedestal. We have seen a turn of the century catalogue from the firm of Liberty of London that pictured similar garden pedestals and this (unmarked) pedestal may be from the firm of Liberty and Company. Difficult (but possible) to ship. Price: $4,500.00.


#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: $4,950.00.


# 5035. A lady's writing desk. Att. to A.H. Davenport Company of Boston, Ma. Size: 27" wide x 16" deep x 39" tall; the writing surface when opened is 19" deep. Birds eye Maple and Maple. c. 1885-90. The high style desk reflects American Art Nouveau and Colonial Revival in the same design. The key escution is a Nouveau/Gothic interpretation. Condition: original surface: very dirty showing continued use. There are applied leaf and scroll decoration on the sides and front of this desk and some of that applied decoration is missing and must be recarved when restored. When opened this desk reveal the writing surface and two small drawers. Under the writing surface is a large pull out drawing (that does not lock). Price: $1,950.00.


# 4832. A diminutive console table. Early 19th century, possibly Austrian. A winged gilt wood eagle with single paw support holding a small marbleized wood top (not original). This form of Eagle was frequently used in Vienna 'Eagle' clocks between 1800-1825. Size: 28.5" tall / the top is 21.5" across and 10.5" deep. Price: $3,850.00.


Item number 4225 is a console: The top is faux malachite on wood and the eagle is plaster painted to look like weathered bronze. Very effective. Size: 22" deep, 45" long and 33" tall. This eagle came to us in Newport from a private museum source who some how managed to make a cast identical to one of the eagles from a console located in the State Dining Room of The White House in Washington. There are several of these consoles in the White House Dining Room: a large one with two eagle supports and more than one single eagle console table. This was done more than 30 years ago and we are not sure of the circumstances. The person who cast this eagle has passed away. The top would be attached to the wall and supported by the head of the eagle. Price: $3,500.00.


# 1895. A Russian or Baltic Neo-Classical Mirror or looking glass. c. 1835-1845. Size: 21.5" x 55" {glass size 16.5" x 28"}. Mahogany with painted and inlaid woods / applied gilt bronze mounts. Condition: the back wood cover for the mirror is gone, the mirror is naturally distressed because of its age. We believe that the glass is period. Scuffs consistent with use and age; minor splits to the wood. From a Newport Rhode Island Estate. Price: $4,950.00.


# 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.


Item number 4629. A American 19th century Settee. Ebonized Cherry. Aesthetic Movement. The Stork was a favorite design element for that era. Maker: just don't know. Would date it between 1875 and 1880. This item may have been made in Providence Rhode Island.A Chicago firm, Field, Leiter & Co. also made similar designs.This item did not start out as a settee, but as a single seat chair. Its original dimensions must have been rather box like. It was made into a settee around 20 years ago. We have had in the past a chair that matched this item. The alterations were the front rail and the back rails were replaced to accommodate the extension into its present form. Size: 53" long, 23" deep and 24" tall to the top of the tufted crest. The seat itself (without castors) is 14" off the ground. We have 4 new castors for this settee. The castors attached would add another 1" to the height of the seat. The two storks are very well carved. The patina does have scuffs to the surface. No losses to the carving. The tufting appearance is period to this item, though the original upholstery foundation no longer exists. There must have been a complete parlor set in the same style that did include fern stands(we saw one years ago) chairs, tables and a settee. Price: $2,850.00.


# 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. We are always interesting in purchasing chairs similar to the one pictured here.


Item number 4231 is a cast iron umbrella hall stand. English with reg. marks. Probably sand blasted in the last decade. Original brass support rod. Probably the original color was black. In the style of Dr. Christopher Dresser. Size: 19" tall x 8½" deep and 27½" tall. Price: $1,250.00.


# 4461. A reproduction American Empire Sofa in the style of work by Anthony Quervelle. Size: app. 90" long, 24" deep and the back crest is 34" tall. Condition: The surface at some point in the past has been cleaned, there is a clean break in one of the scrolled arm supports which has been repaired, newer upholstery foundation and textile. We don't know exactly when or were this sofa was made. There are two of them in Newport. The other one is located at Shamrock Cliff, a resort on Ocean Drive in Newport Rhode Island. It is in one of their public rooms. Price: $3,500.00.


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