Skinner offers European furniture, decorative arts and fine ceramics July 11

BOSTON — Skinner Inc. will host an auction of European furniture and decorative arts, featuring fine ceramics, on July 11 at 10 a.m. in their Boston gallery. The sale boasts more than 800 lots and features fine ceramics, as well as English and Continental decorative works of art, statuary, textiles and furniture from the 18th-20th centuries.

Large Venetian Painted and Parcel Gilt Carved Wood and Gesso Blackamoor Hall Figure, late 19th century, the male figure modeled standing with one upraised arm, exotically clad in feathered headdress and drapery skirt, on tapering paneled base carved with foliate garlands on faux porphyry grain painted ground, on paw feet, height 86 1/4 inches. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Photo courtesy Skinner Inc.

A highlight of the ceramic offerings is the Elizabeth Chellis collection of Wedgwood. Elizabeth Chellis was, among other things, a founder of the Wedgwood International Seminar, and founder and president of the Wedgwood Society of Boston. She was a scholar and collector; her library relating to Wedgwood is believed to be the largest in the world and is housed at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Her collection of ceramics varies from a wide variety of Wedgwood wares including a queen’s ware “Frog Service” platter (estimate $10,000-$15,000), to 18th century English pottery highlighted by an enamel decorated salt-glazed stoneware landscape teapot (estimate $2,000-$4,000), to interesting Wedgwood-related ephemera.

Also included in the sale are two additional private collections of Wedgwood. Among the offerings are encaustic decorated black basalts, a nice assortment of Fairyland lustre, queen’s ware, carrara ware, Lessore decorated items, majolica, and a variety of jasper wares including a most unusual full size Portland vase (estimate $1,000-$1,500).

Other English pottery and porcelain includes early white salt-glazed stoneware, agate and lead glazed creamwares. A pair of Minton Christopher Dresser design pilgrim vases (estimate $800-$1,200), Sunderland lustre, and a large collection of parian busts and figures help round out the sale.
Of note in the decorative arts offerings are 18 lots of Royal Worcester porcelain models of birds by Dorothy Doughty (estimates ranging from $300 at the low to $1,500 at the high); an interesting German wood and ivory figural group entitled “The Fortune Teller,” signed C.L. Haebler, Baden Baden (estimate $500-$700); a French Aesthetic Movement charger (estimate $2,000-$4,000); and a large bronze figure of a maiden by Mathurin Moreau (estimate $5,000-$7,000).

Also of interest is an unusually extensive collection of 44 Italian creche figures (estimate $4,000-$6,000). Rarely do such extensive sets of crèche figures appear in the auction market.

The sale also features an extensive selection of clocks and timepieces including a Meissen porcelain mantel clock (estimate $2,500-$3,500); a Turkish market clock (estimate $700-$1,000); a carriage-style enamel timepiece (estimate $300-$500); a Louis XIV-style “Boulle” clock (estimate $1,200-$1,500); and a Georgian-style case clock (estimate $8,000-$10,000).

Furniture offerings from Britain and the Continent, spanning the centuries, include interesting forms such as a cellarette – a wine bottle storage box for dining rooms (estimate $1,500-$1,800); a pair of Louis XV rafraichissoirs – French form for a wine glass and wine bottle cooler (estimate $2,000-$3,000); a jardinière table signed by the cabinetmaker, Bernard Molitor (estimate $12,000-$18,000); and a “Carlton House desk” (estimate $2,000-$4,000), which is a writing table of a style introduced by Gillow’s in their pattern book of 1796, and believed to derive its name from the Prince Regent’s palace.
Other nice furniture offerings include a mid-Georgian side table (estimate $1,200-$1,800); a George III sideboard (estimate $3,000-$4,000); a Renaissance Revival jewelry box on a stand (estimate $3,000-$5,000); a large Venetian carved wood hall figure (estimate $4,000-$6,000); and a pair of George III giltwood mirrors (estimate $12,000-$18,000).

Previews for the auction will be held July 9 from 12-5 p.m. and July 10 from 12-8 p.m.

For more information, call 508-970-3000, or visit Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, and order catalogs online.