Regency plum pudding mahogany side tables may top antique furniture auction

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SAN FRANCISCO — Three lots in Bonhams‘ March 19 fine European furniture and decorative arts sale are in a horse race to top lot honors. They include a pair of 18th century George III, giltwood five arm wall lights; a pair of Regency plum pudding mahogany side tables and a pair of late 19th century, Meissen Limoges-style, enamel decorated porcelain urns.

From three lots are from the estate of Stella Wilson of Napa, Calif., and each carries pre-auction estimates of roughly between $10,000 to $15,000.


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fine decorative artsThis Austrian 800 standard silver gilt, rock crystal and enamel dish was made by artisan Hermann Ratzersdorfer working Vienna 1843-1881. It is expected to sell for between $15,000 and $20,000.

Two top highlights from private California collections will include a wonderful Austrian 800 standard silver, gilt, rock crystal and enamel dish made by Hermann Ratzersdorfer, a master silversmith who was active in Vienna from 1843-1881 (estimated to sell for $15,000 to $20,000); and a set of four, mid-18th century, Louis XV walnut fauteuils a la reine, upholstered in period needlework (estimated to sell for $15,000 to $20,000).

Jeffrey Smith, Vice President and Director of the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department at Bonhams, says of the auction’s offerings, “This opens the spring auction season on the West Coast, offering diverse, unusual and exquisite European and English furniture, decorative arts, tapestries, early work and statuary, providing a superb opportunity for collectors.”

Also featured will be a late 17th century, Spanish Baroque walnut table (est. $8,000-$12,000) and a chic and classic Charles X, inlaid satinwood, cylinder bureau (estimated to sell for $6,000 to $8,000).

regency mahogany side tableA fine pair of Regency plum pudding mahogany side tables, dates from the first quarter of the 19th century. Each has a rectangular hinged top above drop leaves above egg-and-dart banding and a frieze drawer raised on scrolled supports with rosette bosses joined by an incurved shelf tapering splayed legs ending in brass paw feet on casters. Standing 29 inches high and 32 inches wide by 24 inches deep, the pair could sell $10,000 to $15,000.

Decorative Arts featured in the auction will include a finely executed Louis XVI painted trumeau panel of putti en grisaille, after Chardin (est. $6,000-$8,000); a Russian 88 standard silver and enamel ladies oval dressing table mirror with tulipwood backing (estimated to sell for $4,000 to $6,000), made in Moscow in 1880 by Pavel Ovchinnikov, one of the greatest Russian silversmiths in history; and an early 20th century, fine patinated bronze of an Indian chief on horseback, after Carl Kauba (Austrian-American, 1865-1922) (estimated to sell for $3,000 to $5,000).

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the auction. For more information visit Bonhams.

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