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LITCHFIELD, CT – Litchfield County Auctions Online Summer Sale holds more than 800 lots of fresh-to-the-market property collected from New York and Connecticut estates and private collections. The summer sale’s focus is on American, English and Continental art and antiques.
In addition to a variety of weathervanes, pewter, baskets and canes, the Americana section features a selection of Shaker furniture and decorative arts as well. Highlighting the folk art section is an unusually large grouping of fish, duck and shorebird decoys from a private local collection, and includes examples by carvers such as Lawrence Irvine, Ben Yeargan and others.
A diverse selection of country and formal furniture includes works by known makers from New England to Kentucky, and American chairmakers, clockmakers and cabinetmakers. Highlights also include a Pennsylvania painted corner cupboard, a scale model of the Empire State Express No. 999 (one of three made for the 1929 New York World’s Fair), a Masonic rocking chair dated 1914, and a Victorian automatic crystal fountain by Tufts.
English and European furniture and decorative arts include some 16th and 17th century Italian or Spanish furniture, an 1830s Louis-Philippe marble-top giltwood console table, a 19th century Louis XV ttyle ormolu and porcelain-mounted tulipwood and kingwood occasional table, a Hispano-Moresque Vargueno, a Louis XV provincial walnut bureau a caissons, a German Biedermeier ormolu-mounted mahogany and Burr-Birch secretaire a abattant, a northern European Neoclassical mahogany side cabinet, a George II mahogany collector’s cabinet, a North Italian carved walnut cassone, two automaton groups, several mantel clocks and globes, a pair of monumental 19th century carved limestone Romanesque-style jardinières, and a complete 24-panel suite of Zuber et Cie’s “El Dorado” wallpaper.
A selection of decorative items in the sale also includes sterling silver by Tiffany, Gorham, Peter and Ann Bateman, Black Starr & Frost, Frank M. Whiting, Reed & Barton, George Jensen and a large 213-piece gold vermeil flatware service, and much more, in addition to porcelains by Wedgwood, Boch, Spode, Crown Staffordshire, Rosenthal, Sevres, Limoges, Meissen, Royal Worcester, and a large mid-19th century dessert service, possibly by Jacob Petit, that descended in the family of Courtland Palmer Dixon of New York.
The fine art section features a good varied selection of portraits, miniatures and still-life pictures, with an exceptionally large grouping of landscapes, by artists such as Eugene Lawrence Vail, Stefan Simony, Willem Koekkoek and many others.
Watercolorists represented include Fred Cozzens, Arend Jan van Driesten, Henry Stainer and others. A large group of sporting prints and landscape views rounds out the fine art section, and joins portraits and other prints by Mary Cassatt, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, John Taylor Arms and Luigi Kasimir.
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