Silver Alexander Calder earrings headline holiday fine estates auction

WOODBURY, Conn. – On Sunday, Dec. 9 Woodbury Auction presents its Annual Holiday Fine Estates Auction. Several estates form the core of the sale, principally fine and decorative arts from the Estate of Georgianne Ducas of Saratoga Springs, New York, and fine English furniture and decorations from the Estate of Julian Bach of New York City.

Alexander Calder, Pair Sterling Silver Spiral Earrings. Photo courtesy Woodbury Auctions

Also included in this 500-plus lot sale are fine and decorative arts objects from several other estates and consignors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California. According to Thomas Schwenke, owner/auctioneer, “This auction has a tremendous selection of great objects in many categories.”

Principal among the jewelry highlights are a pair of sterling silver spiral form earrings by renowned local sculptor Alexander Calder, whose workshop was in Roxbury, Connecticut. Schwenke commented, “This is the third sale in which we have had the privilege to offer items by Calder. These pieces originated from a local estate right here in Woodbury. Indeed, we know of many Calder pieces which are owned by local residents who received them as gifts from the artist.”

Louis Vuitton Small Steamer Trunk

More than 80 additional lots of fine jewelry from high-end jewelry designers such as Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany, Steuben, Mauboussin, Chaumet, Elizabeth Gage and many more are included in this holiday auction. Also, bidders will have the chance to compete for a mint Louis Vuitton small coach trunk, brought in by a local consignor.

Other noteworthy lots from local sellers include two original oils on canvas by noted American painter Emile Albert Gruppe, both of which are accompanied by the original 1963 and 1964 bills of sale from the artist to the consignor’s grandmother.

Of special holiday interest is an extensive sterling silver flatware service by Gorham, in the Tuileries pattern, consisting of over 175 pieces including several serving pieces, and tipping the silver scale at over 175 troy ounces. “The service was consigned from a client in Fairfield County just two days before the catalog was posted,” commented Schwenke.

W. Matia, Naturalistic Bronze Sculpture Fox

The Estate of Georgiane Ducas includes several Henry Kohler watercolors and unique lithographs inscribed by the artist and presented to Mrs. Ducas. In addition, three original naturalistic bronze statues by American sculptor Walter Matia are up for bid from the Ducas collection, as well as two equestrian bronzes by sculptors Carroll K. Bassett and Barry Foley. Additional groups of fine art from other estates and consignors are being offered, including seventeen paintings consigned by a California collector including works from Baudet, Manfredi, Dureuil, Warndof, and Waterman.

The Estate of Julian Bach yielded many fine pieces of English 18th and 19th century furniture, including a fine George II leather upholstered wing chair, several pieces of decorated Sheraton furniture, and wonderful inlaid George III oval urn stand, and several fine tea and occasional tables. The estate also includes miniature watercolor portraits, silhouettes, toleware, crystal, fireplace grates, artwork, lighting, and an Italian pietra dura plaque.

Designer handbags are also represented in this sale from designers such as Judith Leiber, Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Also featured is a large group of fur coats and designer clothing from Badgsley Mishka, Pucci, and Etro.

Georgian Inlaid Kettle Stand

The sale also includes a large selection of leatherbound and other fine books, including art reference works, and many estate oriental carpets including Persian and Caucasian room and scatter sized rugs, and other regional Asian rugs of varying sizes.

This holiday sale is being held at the firm’s auction hall at Middle Quarter Plaza, in Woodbury, Conn. Preview times are Sunday, Dec. 7 from noon to 5:00 pm, Thursday, Dec. 6, noon to 5pm, Friday Dec. 7, noon to 5 pm, Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 8am to sale time.

Absentee and phone bidding are available for this live gallery auction, and the sale will be broadcast live through LiveAuctioneers, Artfact and AuctionZip. To register or arrange for absentee or phone bidding, please call Woodbury Auction at 203-266-0323.

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