Warner Bros Studios furniture collection to auction

Bonhams' fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction is to star several pieces from the Warner Bros Studios collection, as well as items once belonging to American television host Merv Griffin, and US news magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Antique furniture auction
A fine gilded grand piano offered from the Warner Bros Studios collection is expected to bring $80,000-120,000

A vast array of furniture, including clocks, tapestries, chess sets, globes, glassware, music boxes and valuable decorative items, is to cross the auction block in Los Angeles come June 10.

Highlights include two pairs of George VI giltwood armchairs boasting cabriole legs ending in dolphin heads, which have been given respective estimates of $12,000-18,000, and a beautiful mahogany grand piano valued at $80,000-120,000.

A late 18th century, Irish-made satinwood table, is expected to make $3,000-5,000.

Ceramics are also to feature in the sale, with works by eminent manufactories Meissen, Sevres and Berlin KPM leading the charge.

Bonhams' Andrew Jones comments: "We are very excited to offer such an eclectic array of furniture and decorative arts, spanning the 15th-20th centuries, including works from legendary collectors such as William Randolph Hearst and Merv Griffin."

At Paul Fraser Collectibles we currently have a number of exceptional antiques in stock, including this John Linnell-made George III commode, and this circa 1860 Holland & Sons card table complete with its original gilt candlesticks.  

Antique furniture and decorative arts remain popular buys at auction. May 5 saw a beautifully realised Chippendale piecrust table bring $12,870 to Kaminski Auctions, while a lavish Victorian revival walnut cabinet sold for $8,435.

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