Freeman's May 17 auction of English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts offers a number of fine pieces from the first half of the 19th century in all price points that provide a look at the taste of the late Empire and Restauration period across Europe. Senior Vice President, Division Head of American & European Furniture & Decorative Arts Nicholas B. A. Nicholson shares his favorite works in this upcoming sale. Exhibition for this sale will open to the public on Thursday, May 12. We invite you to join us on Chestnut Street to view these and other works being offered.
We are fortunate to have a fine collection of miniatures in the current sale, and this one is particularly handsome. The quality of the painting is so detailed, that when an image of the miniature is blown up, it could be mistaken for a full-scale painting. This extraordinary quality coupled with a Royal sitter makes an excellent choice for a collector.
Simon Jacques Rochard (French, 1788-1872)
Portrait miniature of a HRH Prince Augustus Frederick
This pair of empire candelabra are wonderful examples of the excellent proportions and the fine casting so recognizable in French work of the early 19th century. This style has long been considered a tasteful finishing touch to any classical interior, but these would be even more exciting used unexpectedly in an industrial or modern interior. That they once belonged to famed interior designer Alberto Pinto speaks volumes about the quality of these candelabra.
Fine pair of Empire ormolu and patinated bronze five-light candelabra
The taste for the Empire style spread across Europe, and in Russia, artists such as Voronikhin worked with glass and ormolu to create furniture and objects in this style. With the crisp wheel-cut glass facets and the crisp casting on the gilded mounts, these vases are like jewelry for an interior.
Pair of Continental classical style ormolu mounted cut glass twin-handled vases
The sale is rich with fine pieces from the first half of the 19th century in all price points that exemplify late Empire and Restauration taste across Europe. The McIlhenny Suite is a very fine example with its excellent French and Philadelphia provenances, and its restrained, architectural lines.
Lots 249 & 250
Fine pair of Restauration inlaid bois clair fauteuils, J. J. Werner, circa 1825
Restauration inlaid bois clair settee, attributed to J. P. F. Jeanselme, circa 1820-1825
In the period of the “Grand Tour” when cultured men and women collected souvenirs actually worth owning, these charming reductions of Parisian monuments were offered to collectors. These pretty reminders of the city of light would be a stylish addition to any interior.
Group of three architectural bronzes of Parisian monuments