SAN FRANCISCO – Bonhams & Butterfields offered a selection of American and European furniture and decorative arts on Oct. 29 in conjunction with the annual San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.
American folk-art devotees will compete for a monumental and elaborately carved walnut centerpiece stand produced for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. This table, expected to bring $40,000 to $60,000, is complete with four adjustable mirrors and is intricately carved with figures holding flags of America and Italy. A selection of American weathervanes from the 19th century includes a zinc cow weathervane estimated at $7,000 to $9,000.
Other American furniture highlights include a set of late 19th-century furniture removed from the Menlo Park residence of the 1800’s mining millionaire James Flood. A mahogany Chippendale block-front chest on chest, possibly by American cabinetmaker Benjamin Frothingham, is expected to sell for as much as $35,000. A selection of Federal and classical sideboards will also be offered.
American decorative arts include a pair of oil paintings from the School of Gilbert Stuart – depicting a lady and a gentleman – from the inventory of noted antique dealer Israel Sack. The pair is expected to reach bids of $5,000 to $8,000. A 1785 portrait miniature on ivory by painter James Peale will be offered, and a signed and ebonized mahogany tall-case clock by James Watson, Philadelphia, circa 1820, will be up for bid.
Two Gold-Rush-era canes in the sale are topped with inlays of natural gold in quartz.
The auction preview starts Oct. 26. For more information, visit www.bonhams.com.