Auction of Levethan's 'only the best' pottery collection could bring $2m

Following the success of Syd Levethan: The Longridge Collection at Christie's London in June 2010, Christie's New York will offer additional works from this renowned collection on January 24 as a single-owner sale. It will take place as part of Americana Week 2011.

Although the collection overall includes textiles, metalwork, treen and other European works of art, the January auction will include only British pottery. Delft and slip wares from the 17th and 18th centuries form the core of the collection.

"Only the Best" served as a mantra for Syd Levethan throughout the more than thirty years during which he assembled this impressive group, choosing carefully from the succession of single-owner auctions of this material that came to market during the 1980's and 1990's.

This London Delft dated polychrome
dish from1638 ($120,000-180,000)
is among the sale's highlights

Names such as Thomas Burn of Rous LenchCourt, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Billington, John Philip Kassebaum, Jean & Kenneth Chorley and Harriet Carlton Goldweitz were all among the renowned collectors whose selections appeared for sale.

Items from the collection chosen for the January 2011 sale include pieces that are the only extant examples of their type in private hands, as well as pieces of which the decoration is tied to the American colonies through archaeological evidence.

One highlight of the sale is a London Delft dated polychrome dish of 1638, depicting the Adoration and made in celebration of the marriage of Aaron Wit and Frances Allen (estimated at $120,000-180,000).

Over 160 exceptional items from this vast collection are featured in the upcoming New York sale, which is expected to achieve in excess of $2 million.


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