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Published: 22 June 2017

Furnish Your Space | 5 Highlights from Estates at 1808

Are you looking to redecorate your home or add the missing piece to your collection? Find a treasure in our upcoming Estates at 1808 auction on July 12.

Representing property from many estates, the sale includes objects ranging in styles, materials, and time periods. Below are 5 highlights from a Private Collection in Palm Beach, Florida, which are sure to inspire.


A pair of Chinese jars and covers


Chinese export porcelain took an unexpected direction during the early to mid 19th century when traditional export of the 18th century fell out of style.  A series of polychrome enameled decoration in the various "Rose" patterns such as Rose Medallion, Rose Mandarin and Rose Canton patterns were popular. Each pattern is differentiated by the subject matter depicted on the panels; such as Rose Canton, which shows only birds, flowers, and butterflies, with no people or Rose Mandarin is which shows only people in the panels.

Lot 137 is a magnificent and large pair of Chinese jars from ca. 1825 – 1840. Colorfully enameled in the ‘rose mandarin’ style with figural scenes against dense borders of flowers and butterflies.


Estimate of: $8,000 – $10,000

 

 

Philip and Kelvin LaVerne ‘Eternal Forest’ side table 

 

Operating in the mid-20th century Philip and his son Kelvin LaVerne of New York created one of a kind limited edition furniture that broke through the traditional boundaries between function and art.  Together they pioneered a patination and artistic technique that showcased their combined technical prowess and unique aesthetic vision.  By the 1960’s, having moved downtown from 57th street to Wooster Street, the LaVernes, with their idiosyncratic approach to furniture design, were generating serious local attention resulting in noteworthy commissions for important private collections.
 

The intricate tree design on the surface of Lot 194 is hand-cut through a layer of bronze into a layer of pewter. The top is specially treated in a method innovated by the LaVernes that oxidizes the metal and produces its distinctive colorful patina.
 

Estimate of: $2,000 – 3,000

 

A George II coffee pot by John Swift
 

 John Swift, active in mid-18th century London, was designated “free” by 1725 - indicating the year in which a silver or goldsmith received the freedoms of a city company (usually the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London).  Freedom bestowed certain privileges, such as permission to practice the trade or to enter a maker's mark or sponsor's mark in the registers of the Goldsmith’s company and was an important  gateway to success for craftsmen of the Georgian period.  Spanning over a century from 1714 to 1830, and named for the first four Hanoverian kings of Great Britain; George I, II, III and IV, this was a triumphant period for silver and goldsmiths – a golden age in which many of the most well-known and collectible names today got their start in silver design and production.  
 

This lighthouse form coffee pot is a fine example of Swift at the height of his career with engraved heraldic arms on the face and the motto  ‘DUM SPIRO SPERO’ (While I Breathe, I hope) and an elaborate anchor on recto. 
 

Estimate of: $800 - $1,000

Walter Farndon (American 1876 – 1964)
 

Born in Coventry, England, Walter Farndon, the prolific plein-air painter of the late 19th/early 20th century, came to the United States at an early age where he made his name creating light filled Impressionistic and Near-Impressionistic shore and harbor scenes concentrating throughout his career in the New York , New Jersey and New England area. As a young adult, he studied at the National Academy of Design, where he was later elected an Associate in 1928, and an Academician in 1937. Widely exhibited,  Farndon’s pieces have been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Academy of Design. Farndon joined the New York Watercolor Club in 1927 and the National Arts Club in 1930.
 

Lot 68 is a prime example of this prolific artist’s oeuvre capturing the essence of a typical summer day filled with bright light and cooling shadows. 
 

Estimate of: $3,000 – $5,000

 

 

An Edwardian painted satinwood secretary bookcase
 

With a new king and a new century, the Edwardian era heralded the beginning of a refreshing new style of home design.  Shifting away from the darkness and formality of the Victorian era and its influences on decoration, Edwardian design was fresh and light, favoring feminine floral designs in the predominately pastel colors of blue, lilac, green, yellow and gray.  The floral theme was complemented by the liberal use of fresh flower arrangements throughout the home.  This early 20th century style had an eclectic feel to it, drawing from disparate elements of style such as Georgian, Medieval and Tudor.  Lightness, femininity and simplicity of detail were key principles of this era.
 

This circa 1900 secretary bookcase perfectly exemplifies this fanciful period with its diminutive case adorned with hand-painted bouquets, bows and floral swags. 
 

Estimate of: $2,000 – $3,000

 

 

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