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LITCHFIELD, Conn. — More than 1,000 lots of decorations, paintings and American, English and Continental furniture will be on the block at Litchfield County Auctions’ annual Winter Antiques Sale.
This sale features a fine selection of property from distinguished estates and private collections from Connecticut, New York and surrounding areas. The expected top lot in the auction is a Roman Imperial gilt bronze bust of Castor or Pollux, 1st to 2nd century AD, which carries a presale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.
Other highlights include:
- An ebonized and ormolu mounted mantel clock, early 18th century, by John Bushman, London. Presale estimate: $12,000 to $18,000.
- Six oil on canvas paintings of fox-hunting scenes by J.F. and J.N. Sartorius. Total presale estimates: $16,000 to $22,000.
- A George II Sterling Wall Sconce, London, 1752. Presale estimate: $5,000 to $8,000.
- A 16th-century Venetian gilt bronze figure of Poseidon. Presale estimate: $5,000 to $8,000.
A collection of early American furniture and decorative arts that focuses on Connecticut, specifically Litchfield County-made objects, is another highlight. The pieces filled the Thomas Catlin House, an 18th-century Litchfield house once belonging to Bill Warren.
Warren was a legendary scholar and connoisseur of Connecticut material culture and a one-time director of the Litchfield Historical Society. The owners spent 30 years amassing the collection offered in this sale.
This auction also features a nice grouping of paintings, including an oil on canvas. Featured artists, pieces and presale estimates are: Henri LeBasque, “Le Jardin de Montevrain,” estimated at $80,000 to $120,000; Edgar Alwin Payne, “River and Snow-Capped Mountains,” oil on canvas, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000; and a pair of William Matthew Prior reverse-painted portraits of George and Martha Washington, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.
Additional sale highlights include:
- an “El Dorado” suite of scenic wallpaper by J. Fuchs for Zuber et Cie., estimated at $8,000 to $12,000;
- an assembled 210-piece Tiffany & Co. sterling flatware set in the English King pattern, 19th/20th century, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000;
- a Georg Jensen sterling silver Cactus pattern flatware set offering five-piece luncheon service for 12, estimated at $4,000 to $6,000;
- a 19th-century substantial Christofle & Cie silvered and gilt-bronze dressing glass (table mirror);
- a Villeroy and Boch Mettlach stein;
- paperweights by Clichy, Paul Ysart, Paul Stankard, Perthshire, Saint Louis and Sandwich Glass.
Bidding closes Feb. 15 at iGavelauctions.com. A live auction preview and estates tag sale will be held Feb. 10-14 at the Litchfield County Auctions gallery, 425 Bantam Road, Litchfield. For more information and complete auction details, visit Litchfield County Auctions.
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