Bookstore stock heads to auction in April Period Design sale

SAN FRANCISCO — The continuation of Bonhams’ Feb. 12, 2012 sale of property from Serendipity Books of Berkeley, Calif., along with a selection of European paintings and 20th century designs, will cross the block April 15-16, 2012. The objects will be sold as part of Bonhams Period Art & Design sale department.

Property from Serendipity Books, on offer April 16, will include more than 200 lots of fiction and poetry, including works by John Steinbeck, Samuel Beckett, William Faulkner, Allen Ginsburg, Robinson Jeffers, Henry James, Richard Ford, Joseph Conrad, Henry Miller, Ring Lardner and others.

Highlights will include a 1924 edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses (est. $300-$500); a first edition of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano (est. $300-$500); a first edition of John Steinbeck’s  East of Eden (est. $300-$500); an advance proof copy of Horace McCoy’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (est. $400-$600); and an advance uncorrected proof along with an advance reader’s copy of Marilyn Robinson’s Housekeeping (est. $400-$600).

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A W Cooper dog paintingThis oil on canvas by Alfred W. Cooper (British, ?-1901) is titled “The performer cornered” and is signed ‘A.W. Cooper 1897’. It measures 16 inches by 24 1/4 inches and is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000.

Peter Howard (1939-2011), the late owner of Serendipity Books, has been eulogized as “one of the most imaginative booksellers of his generation.” Howard stocked not only individual titles but entire collections. He wanted people to search for their books, looking carefully and hopefully finding not only what they were looking for, but far more.

European Paintings on offer will comprise a mix of Old Master and 19th century works. One highlight is a charming mythical subject: a French 18th century oil of Diana and Endymion (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Notable selections featuring Biblical scenes will include a Flemish School 17th century oil on panel of Christ on the Cross (est. $3,000-$5,000) and an Italian School painting of Susannah and the elders (est. $3,000-$5,000) from the late 18th/early 19th century.

Other highlights will include A landscape with a shepherdess and animals by a stream, an oil painting attributed to the Dutch artist Jan Kobell II (1778-1814), featuring cattle and sheep watched over by their shepherdess, against a country view of trees and a blue sky; Church ruins by a river by Alfred Glendening Jr. whose views of the English countryside are well known (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an amusing genre scene The performer cornered by 19th century British artist Alfred W. Cooper (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Also noteworthy will be A portrait of a lady, attributed to James Northcote (British, 1746-1831) featuring a woman thought to be Mrs. Hughes, wearing a white gown and black cloak, looking to the left (est. $3,000-$5,000).

The Director of Period Art & Design auctions in San Francisco, Christine Skinner, says of the auction, “The April Period Art & Design sale will host a strong selection of quality property geared towards the serious collector.”

Therien Co vintage dining tableThis ‘baluster’ Charles X style burlwood circular dining table by Therien & Co. stands 30 ¼ inches high by 69 inches wide and is 69 inches long. It could bring $2,000 to $3,000 at auction.

Rounding out the sale will be selections of 20th century design, including a ‘Baluster’ Charles X style burlwood circular dining table by Therien & Co. (est. $2,000-$3,000); an Art Deco style mahogany dining suite by Baker (est. $2,000-$3,000); a set of five Baroque style side chairs by Michael Taylor Designs (est. $1,500-$2,000); a pair of en suite Art Deco style blue upholstered club chairs (est. $800-$1,200); and a large contemporary travertine marble coffee table with a lower bookcase (est. $800-$1,200), among others.

The sale’s illustrated catalogue will be available online in the weeks preceding the sale. The auction preview takes place April 13-15, 2012 with the sale lasting April 15-16 in San Francisco.

Bonhams Period Design auctions are held monthly and include paintings, prints, rugs, lighting, mirrors, antique furniture, modern designer furniture, decorative accents, silver and much more, with many in the $500-$5,000 price range. The property is hand selected to include items that would appeal to collectors of all levels, interior designers and those who may want to find a unique piece for their home. Each auction catalog will feature an interview with a prominent interior designer with their take on current design trends.

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