'A Sale of Two Cities' sees success for Bonhams in Los Angeles
Bonhams 'A Sale of Two Cities' featured two distinct collections of European furniture and decorative arts
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Sunday 9 April 2012
A Los Angeles auction saw two collections from a lady of title in Bel Air and noted designer Perry Perkins from Santa Barbara meet in a unique sale of European furniture on Monday (April 02). The 500-lot show featured a range of striking examples from the distinct tastes of both collections.
Hand-picked by Bonhams Director of European Furniture and Decorative Arts, Andrew Jones, the items were selected for their importance and style. Property of a Lady of Title featured a wonderful selection of European furniture, carpets and garden furniture, while The Collection of Perry Perkins brought some rare and unique pieces of Italian design and Asian inspired objects.
The top-seller and cover lot of the sale was a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marquetry inlaid commode, after a model by Jean Henri Riesener, which exceeded its estimate of $15,000-20,000 with a final sale price of $25,000.
A pair of Continental Rococo paint decorated stools surprised the room with a hammer price of $21,250, an impressive increase of 136.1% against its estimate. Both items were part of the Lady of Title Collection.
Notable sales from The Collection of Perry Perkins included a French Belle Epoque limestone bench which made $13,750 and a Louis XV commode, which sold for considerably less than the aforementioned Louis XVI example at $5,625.
Paul Fraser Collectibles is offering this John Linnell George III Period Demi-Lune Commode for those looking to invest in European furniture.
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