Sotheby’s – 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture and Decorative Works of Art Sales

April 13th, 2011 by

This spring, Sotheby’s is to offer a private collection of 19th Century Furniture and Decorative Art comprised of approximately 50 lots. It includes a wide array of stylistic influences, from the sober French ancient régime to the more creative, revival interpretations fashionable during the Napoléon III and Belle Époque eras. The clock and barometer pair were cast and designed by the Ancienne Masion Colin, formerly owned and established by Émile Colin in 1882. This magnificent pair is testament to the grand scale and quality of objects used for furnishing interiors in the late 19th century, as it juxtaposes two powerful mythological deities drawn from the Louis XIV decorative art vocabulary: Chronos and Aurora, and the more modern putti at play.

This April, the 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramic, Silver and Works of Art sale will feature the property of the Irene von Cseh Trust (lots 279-300) and a small collection of Caldwell articles (see lot 399 for a rare Renaissance-style chandelier), among the much sought-after French cabinet makers like Beurdeuley, Gouverneur, Linke and Zwiener, to name a few.