Roman bronze bust could bring $150K at Litchfield County Auctions

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.

Litchfield County Auctions is Connecticut’s premier auction company for estate auctions and antiques appraisals!
Owner Weston Thorn holds five auctions a year specializing in fresh to market finds and unique discoveries from estates and antique collections in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and beyond.
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Ancient Roman bust of Castor or PolluxA Roman Imperial gilt bronze bust of Castor or Pollux, 1st-2nd century AD, carries a presale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.

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.

Ormolu ebonized mantle clockThis 18th-century ebonized and ormolu mantel clock, John Bushman, London, is estimated to bring $12,000 to $18,000 at a Litchfield County Auctions’ event.

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 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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