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by Louis Bofferding

FROM THE SLOPES OF THE TYROL

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Millicent Rogers, a Standard Oil heiress and a passionate skier, was living in St. Anton, Austria, when Harper’s Bazaar ran a story in the March 1938 issue on her “peasant chalet with huge Austrian stoves, Biedermeier furniture, jade, and blanc de chine porcelain.” Ironically, the Germans marched into Austria that very month, and Rogers, then Mrs. Ronald Balcom, a fierce opponent of the Nazis, packed up her goods and chattels, and eight dachshunds, to return to the States.  Among the furnishings she sent was this lean-limbed, walnut, Biedermeier sofa, circa 1810, that’s upholstered in horsehair.  Height 34″ Length 61″.  $15,000

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“SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL AT NINE.  BEAUTIFUL AT FOURTEEN.  MORE BEAUTIFUL STILL WHEN HER MOTHER TOOK HER TO LONDON AND SET EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT THE NEW DOLLAR PRINCESS”

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Rogers’ beauty and style were more frequently cited by the press than her intelligence (she was fluent in several languages, including Latin and ancient Greek), and creativity (she was a top-notch jewelry designer, a little known fact still, since her jewlery remains in the family).  Her intelligence presented a challenge to her three husbands, and many lovers, including an Austrian ski champion, a Navajo in Taos, and Clark Gable in Hollywood.  There, in 1947, George Platt Lynes captured her wistful side with the aid of a soft-focus lens, props that are reminiscent of 19th-century daguerreotypes, and a Victorian-revival ballgown by Adrian, fashion designer to the stars.  It was published in a September 1947 issue Harper’s Bazaar   Unframed, 10″ x “8 1/4.  $4,000

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KK AUCHINCLOSS – FOUR HUSBANDS AND SIX HOMES

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KK Hannon, a Boston brahmin by birth, moved to Manhattan in the 1940s, launched a small clothing line, designed jewelry for Tiffany, and said yes to a marriage proposal from Shipwreck Kelly, the legendary football hero — and then yes again to Peter Larkin, heir to the 825,000 acre King Ranch in Texas.  She would come to say yes twice more before she breathed her last as Mrs. James D. Auchincloss at age 89.  Over the span of her lifetime, she had come to call New York, the North Shore of Long Island, Dark Harbor, Hobe Sound, London (the Albany), and Paris (the Place des Etats Unis), home.  Among her stateside possessions was this superbly carved pair of Louis-Philippe rosewood armchairs, now upholstered in grey felt.  Each 37″ tall.  $15,000

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ALSO FROM THE ESTATE OF KK AUCHINCLOSS

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When making the rounds of the Paris antiquaires, Mrs. Auchincloss acquired this ravishing pair of red-and-black drawings of fantasy flowers, which will not to be found in a botany book, by the Rococo master Jean Pillement (1728 – 1808).  The provenance confirms their worthiness, for they bear the collection label of Armand Rateau, the great Art Deco designer, who was also a connoisseur of 18th-century French drawings.  They remain in the French mats and giltwood frames he had made for them.  12 1/2″ x 15 1/2″.  framed.  $9,500

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THE DIVA AS MUSE

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The very definition of haute bohème, Misia Sert, a musical prodigy who played the piano on Franz List’s lap, married, successively, an art publisher, a newspaper baron, and the high-society decorative painter José-Maria Sert.  A raving beauty when young, and the apogee of chic to the bitter end, she was a divining rod for talenta leg up for an aspiring muse to modernist avatars like Renoir (see his portrait of her below), Mallarmé, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Coco Chanel (it was Misia, according to rumor, who had introduced her to opium and sapphism).  As one might expect of a muse to the intelligentsia, she maintained a library, which, in that day, required a bookplate.  And so Pierre Bonnard put down his brush, grabbed an etching needle, and drew her dining table in the country, set for one, with a potted flower.  Friend and celebrity that she was, her Christian name sufficed as an ex libris.  All the better to evoke the intimate, charming side of this monstre sacré who became, in the words of Proust, “a monument of history.”  Giltwood frame 12″ x 9 1/4″, sheet 4 3/8″ x 2 6/8″.  $3,750

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THE SILVERED BAROMETER OF MRS. LIVINGSTON-GRIGGS

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In 1935 Mrs. Theodore W. Griggs of St. Paul, who was born a Livingston of Hudson River valley fame, asked Edwin Lundie, a local architect, to create a ballroom for her daughter’s coming out. (That debutante was Mary Burke, who would come to assemble a definitive collection of Japanese art, which was recently divided between the Minneapolis and Metropolitan museums.)  This stunning room was paved with mirrors, and filled with silvered-leafed furnishings, including our Louis-Louis barometer.  In a period photograph it can be seen balancing the sunburst clock that we recently sold.  45″ tall.  $6,000

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ALSO FROM THAT BALLROOM

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A large pair of sculptural, silvered, cut-glass Steuben ashtrays (or, in our non-smoking age, a pair of vide poches).  Illustrated in a 1934 Vogue article on wedding gifts (as seen below), one still bears, miraculously, the original Steuben label.  L: 7 1/4″  D: 4 3/4″  H:  1 1/4″.    $3,500

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OTHER RECENT ACQUISITIONS

DESIGNED IN MEXICO – ROBERTO BLOCK

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The designer Robert Block came to prominence in 1930s Paris.  But the outbreak of war left Block, a Jew, facing a fate far worse than career disruption.  And so, along with his brother Mita, he high-tailed it out of the country, and settled in Mexico City.  There he would prosper as Roberto Block, and remain for the rest of his days.  Until recently, Latin and South America didn’t figure on the art and design world map.  As that’s no longer the case, the work of Block awaits rediscovery.  Our table is an inventive riff on the traditional gueridon, and a nostalgic over-the-shoulder gaze at his national origin.  The table was flawless constructed of white-painted-steel, milk-white marble, and crisply machined brass mounts.  Height 26 1/2″, diameter 31 1/4″.  $15,000.

GLASS-BEADED 1920S BAGUES LAMPS

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During the first half of the 20th century, Baguès Frerès of Paris produced the world’s most fashionable lighting fixtures.  Major commissions ranged from a set of prisimed 18th-century-style chandeliers for the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, to the glass-beaded Art Deco chandeliers that hung in the Palais de la Méditeranée in Nice, the 1929 pleasure dome financed by Frank J. Gould, the American tycoon.  Our madcap, glass-beaded and tendril-sprouting urn-form lamps can be situated, designed wise, somewhere between Louis-Louis gentility and Art Deco flash.  24″ high.  $10,000

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LACQUERED JAPANESE TABLE

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Take a close look at a black-lacquered Asian object, and you’ll find the suggestion of a color.  That’s because true lacquer is a natural substance.  It’s applied in many layers, each laboriously polished.  It has a warmth and depth, in contrast to the modern, artificial lacquer that’s sprayed on Steinway grands, and resemble an automobile’s paint job.  Our small, exquisite, early 20th-century Japanese table, with its delicate fretwork rails and gilded brass mounts, was lacquered in a beautiful shade of plum-black.  16″ high, 24″ long, 13 3/4″ deep.  $6,500

SUITE OF EIGHT LAJOS KOZMA DINING CHAIRS

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In 1909 a young Hungarian man, Lajos Kozma (1884-1948), like so many aspiring artists, designers, and architects from around the globe, arrived in Paris.  There he became a pupil of Henri Matisse, one of the most important artists of the century.  Yet neither he, nor that inspirational milieu, seems to have influenced Kozma’s work in the slightest.  Once back in Budapest, he integrated the Sesession style of not-so distant Vienna, with Hungarian folkloric design.  The high style of the former, and the nativism of the later, may have led him his study, and embrace, of the Hungarian iteration of the Baroque.  By the late 1920s he had moved on to the International Style, designing tubular furniture and glass houses.  At the outbreak of World War II, Kozma, a Jew, had much to fear, yet he stayed put, survived, and resumed his work when peace returned.  Our eight walnut dining chairs date to his middle, Neo-Baroque period.  They can be compared to a nearly identical 1925 chair in the Budapest Museum of Applied Art, and a 1923 small ebonized commode in the Wolfsonian in Miami.  Back height 38″.  $40,000

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PREVIOUS ACQUISITIONS
GABRIELLA CRESPI & PIETRO FORNASETTI

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CRESPI’S “DRIPPING GOLD” CUTLERY

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Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) designed this set of cutlery for twelve in 1974, and named it Gocce Oro — “Dripping Gold.”  It was made of 24-carat gilded copper, with steel blades for the knives, and glass inserts for the salts.  Every piece in this 78-piece set is signed.  It has 12 soup spoons, 12 desert spoons, 12 salad forks, 24 dinner forks, 4 salts, 1 serving fork, and 1 serving spoon.  Sold

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FORNASETTI’S STOVIGLIA CROCKERY

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A complete set of twelve Stoviglia — “Crockery” —  plates by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), all marked, numbered, and dated 1955.  Gilded and transfer printed on porcelain, each plate 10 1/4″ diameter.  $15,000

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MID CENTURY MODERN MARBLE PICTURE

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A small Richard Blow (1904-1992) inlaid marble picture of a rooster, in the original black-painted gesso frame with a gilt inset, circa 1950.  Inlaid in the lower-right corner with an “M” in a circle for Blow’s Montici workshop.  10″ x 10 1/2″.  Sold

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20TH CENTURY BERLIN BLANC DE CHINE

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CAVORTING SEA CREATURES

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Two large porcelain sculptures of a Nereid and Triton, and a Nereid on a hippocamp, modeled by Paul Scheurich (1883-1945) for KPM, produced between 1940 and 1942 as table decorations, and bearing their mark.  Their heights are 20″ and 16″ respectively.  $10,000

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NEO-ROCOCO WALL BRACKET

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KPM porcelain wall bracket, attributed to Alexander Kips (1858-1910), circa 1900.  Height 13″.  $3,750

WILHELMINE VASE

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A circa 1900 KPM porcelain vase, attributed to Alexander Kips, modeled in a style that blends Art Nouveau with Rococo.  Height 19 1/2″.  $3,750

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A large 19th-century European trompe l’oeil dummy board of a stone urn filled with flowers.  Oil on panel, 41″ x 42″.  $5,500

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An unusual 19th-century Japanese openwork box, with interior compartments, and a carrying handle.  One side slides upwards and off, and one interior wall is hinged to swing open.  Gold-decorated black lacquer, brass hinge.  20″ x 15 3/4″ x 12″.  Sold

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A rare Japanese 19th-century drying rack for a calligrapher or an artist, on which a sheet of paper could be left to dry after being painted.  Exceptionally fine gold decorations on a black-lacquered ground, with brass fittings.  24″ x 22 1/4″ x 10″.  $6,000

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Mini Altar Table

A 19th-century Japanese miniature offering table from the Meiji period.  Carved, gilded, with speckles of gold on a brown lacquer ground, and fully gilded underneath, with brass mounts.  Height 5 1/2″, length 10″, depth 8 1/2″.  $3,750

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A Vietnamese gold-decorated, red-lacquered carrying bowl, circa 1900.  15″ x 15″.  $800

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A lovely pair of Louis-Philippe urns of mat-finished opaline glass, with gilt- and red-painted decorations, circa 1840.  Height 14″.  $1,250

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An Austrian chandelier with a silvered-steel frame decorated with cut- and blown-crystal prisms, circa 1850.  H:  57″  Dia:  48″  Provenance:  Nicholas Salgo, New York.  $30,000

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Candlestick by Walter Dorwin Teague for Steuben, circa 1935, of cast glass, silvered-cast glass, and chromed-metal fittings.  It was reproduced in an article on table settings in Harper’s Bazaar 1933.  Height 2 1/2″.  $1,250

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Tiffany cut-glass obelisk, signed with an acid mark, 1970s.  H: 14″  $2,500

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Pair of French, rock-crystal and ormolu candlesticks made by Bagues and retailed by Bonzano, circa 1950, and reproduced in Plaisir de France 1950 (see center candlestick below).  Height 13 1/2″  $18,000

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English candlestick, circa 1800.  Blown and cast glass with blue-and-white spiral.  H:  13 1/2″.  Provenance:  Baron Max Fould-Springer, Palais Abbatiale de Royaumont.  $3,750

 

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Northern European, probably German mirror, circa 1710.  Mirror, with walnut and pine backing.  H: 24″ W: 15 1/2″  $5,000

 

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Napoleone Martinuzzi bowl made by Venini, Italian 1920s.  Glass with gold leaf.  H: 7 ½” Dia: 15″ $3,750

 

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Venini glass egg paperweight with purple and orange internal spirals, Italian 20th century.  H: 4″.  $2,000

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German mirror, circa 1830, by Georg Andreas Steinhäuser (born 1779), which is nearly identical to a mirror in the collection of the Clark Institute.  Gilded wood and plaster, mirror plate.  H:  43″ W: 41″  Sold

 

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Louis XV armchair, circa 1760.  Painted wood, upholstered in “shocking pink” silk satin.  Provenance:  Elsa Schiaparelli, Paris; Pierre Le-Tan, Paris.  Height 36″  $15,000

 

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Louis XV sofa, circa 1760.  Walnut, silk-satin upholstery.  Height 43 1/4″ length 73 1/4″ depth 33″  $20,000

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French 18th-century sculpture of a female nude, circa 1760, on a modern bronze base.  Gilt, gesso, wood.  Height 18″ (with stand), lenght 27″, depth 9″  $20,000

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Small painting by Jean Hugo, signed and dated 1927.  Gouache on paper, matted, and in its original oak frame that’s 10 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ $10,000

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Belle Epoque chaise longue, French circa 1900.  Giltwood, caning. Height 39″, length 62″, depth 26″.  $15,000

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George Platt Lynes photo of Mrs. Harrison Willams (later Countess Mona von Bismarck), circa 1940.  10″ x 8 1/4″ unframed.  $4,000

 

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Japanese sculpture of a lotus, circa 1900, retailed by John Bradstreet, Minneapolis.  Bronze.  H: 9″ Dia: 14″  Provenance: Governor John S. Pillsbury.  $5,000

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Alessandro Albrizzi rug, 1960s.  Wool.  15′ 4″ x 10′ 6″.  Provenance:  Alessandro Albrizzi, his London shop (as seen below), and then his New York apartment.  $20,000

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Large American Art Deco table, attributed to Eugene Schoen, of macassar-veneered mahogany, black glass top.  Height 30 1/4″, lenght 79 3/4″, depth 40 1/4″  $20,000

 

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Jasper Morrison 1988 table with adjustable top, not from the later production (see original invoice below), that was made from industrial parts.  Glass, steel, paint, rubber.  Height ranges from 23″ to 43 1/2″, diameter 20 1/2″.  $6,000

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Pair of Jasper Morrison side tables from 1988, prototypes (see invoice above), not from later production, of welded steel and sand-blasted glass.  Height 26″, diameter 13″, distance between struts 17″.  $6,000

 

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English drum table (Royal Dublin Fusiliers), circa 1900,of painted brass, wood, iron, and modern glass.  Height 15″, diameter 14 1/2″.  $4,000

 

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Pair of American circa 1940 pedestals, attributed to McMillen.  Walnut, marble, bronze.  H: 40″ Dia: 20″  Provenance:  Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Salgo.  $12,000

 

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French trompe l’oeil drawing, circa 1800, in walnut period frame.  Paint, silver pigment on paper.  11 3/4″ x 17 1/4″ sight; 18″ x 23 1/4″ framed.  $5,500

 

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Ruby-glass lamp, American circa 1890, now electrified.  Glass and brass.  Height 24″ including shade.  $3,750

 

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Pair of Jean Perzel standing lamps from the 1930s of brass and sand-blasted glass.  Height 67″, diameter 22″.  $30,000

 

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Adjustable mahogany and brass deck chair by Jean-Pierre Hagnauer, French circa 1950.  H: 43″ L: 36 W: 24 ½”.  $15,000

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Portrait of Emperor Meiji, his consort, and son, by Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912), 1887.  Color woodblock triptych in silk-wrapped mat and giltwood frame.  Image 14″ x 18 1/2″, framed 19 1/2″ x 33 1/2″.  $8,000

 

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Japanese female courtiers by Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 – 1912), from the 1890s.  Color woodblock diptych, in a silk-wrapped mat and a giltwood frame.  Image 14″ x 18 1/2″ image, framed 19 1/4″ x 24″.  $5,000

 

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Fornasetti “nugget” paperweight, circa 1960, of gilt and transfer-printed porcelain.  Length 4″.  $1, 250

 

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Justen Ladda 2012 painting of an AMG Mercedez-Benz engine, executed by ink jet on metal-leafed wood, with epoxy resin.  Diameter 11″.  $4,000

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