Rare Alexander Calder silver jewelry offered for the first time

WOODBURY, Conn. –  Among the auction highlights of Woodbury Auction’s June 17 auction are two original pieces of silver jewelry by renowned local sculptor Alexander Calder, whose workshop was in Roxbury, Conn.

The items, a spiral brooch and a ring, have never been offered for sale and were a gift by the artist to the consignor, a local Woodbury resident, in 1953. The two are some of the highlights of 480 lots of fine and decorative art and American and Continental furniture.

Alexander Calder jewelry
A sterling silver ring and brooch designed by noted American artist Alexander Calder has been consigned by the original owner, who received the jewelry as a gift from Calder in 1953.

Other noteworthy lots include a marble sculpture by noted American sculptor Oscar L. Lenz, who worked in Providence, R.I. The monumental work depicts the adoration of Pan by a female nymph and is in as-found condition.

One of the rarest items in the sale is an original Art Nouveau style bronze Porter Garden Telescope, serial number 27. The garden telescope was designed in the 1920s by Russell W. Porter, father of amateur astronomy in America, founder of the Springfield Telescope Makers and an instructor at MIT. One of the fewer than 20 known surviving examples is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

The sale includes more than 100 paintings, prints and drawings by various listed artists including works by Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, Joseph Newman and many others.

Fresh to the market formal American furniture lots include a recently discovered Federal inlaid mahogany pembroke table, possibly from Litchfield, Conn.; a Sheraton carved mahogany game table attributed to the workshop of Duncan Phyfe in original untouched condition; and a Hepplewhite inlaid mahogany swell-front chest with drop panel, probably made in Portsmouth, N.H.

Silver lots include a unique sterling silver presentation cup from Yale University, several sterling silver flatware sets including Dominick & Haff, Gorham and Towle, and from the estate of Jane Coler in Woodbury is a rare Tiffany & Co. sterling silver ivory handled presentation trowel given to Bird S. Coler as Commissioner of New York City Department of Welfare and inscribed to commemorate the New York City Cancer Institute, Roentgen Pavilion, dated May 20, 1925.

Jean Royere designerThis rare and unique wrought iron circular serpentine 53” diameter chandelier is attributed to the renowned French designer Jean Royere. It was discovered in storage after being removed from a Connecticut location where they were installed in the 1950’s.

Several Mid-Century Modern pieces are on offer, including a grouping of wrought iron serpentine wall sconces and a rare and unique wrought iron circular serpentine 53-inch diameter chandelier, all attributed to French designer Jean Royere.

Several bronzes are also featured, including two fine Bergman cold painted bronzes, one a lamp form “Carrying the Princess,” as well as a gilt bronze figure “Nude Study” by American sculptor Paul Howard Manship, who is best known for his famous Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

The auction catalog can be viewed  at Woodbury Auction.

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