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1. Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Vitrine in the Adam Taste, early 20th c., molded cornice, paneled foliate inlaid frieze, glazed doors, shelf interior, table base with light wood banding, frieze drawers and square tapered cuffed legs, h. 55 in., w. 34 in., d. 19 in. $300/500
Provenance: Estate of Aloyis Lee Sonneborn, Mobile, AL.

2. Late Georgian‑Style Mahogany Writing Table, inset tooled leather top, frieze with three drawers, turned legs, casters, h. 29 3/4 in., w. 61 in., d. 31 1/4 in. $1200/1800

3. Georgian‑Style Carved Mahogany Gainsborough Chair, padded back, arms and seat, cabochon carved cabriole legs, drake feet, h. 37 in., w. 27 in., d. 27 in. $200/400

4. Regency Inlaid, Mahogany and Bronze‑Mounted Pembroke Table, early 19th c., shaped drop‑leaf top, frieze drawer, turned supports, shaped plinth, sabre legs, brass paw feet, casters, h. 28 1/2 in., w. 35 3/4 in., d. 20 1/2 in. $600/900

5. Antique Onyx and Gilt Bronze Gueridon, circular inset onyx top, pierced apron with champleve enamel cartouches, reeded legs, onyx stretcher shelf, acanthine sabots, h. 32 in., dia. 20 in. $200/400

6. Antique Louis XVI‑Style Bronze‑Mounted Inlaid Mahogany Secretaire a Abattant, marble top, frieze drawer, fall‑front writing surface over two doors, flared feet, bronze sabots, h. 47 3/4 in., w. 21 1/2 in., d. 15 in. $500/800

7. Continental Bronze Bamboo Motif Coffee Table, attr. to Maison Bagues, mirror top, X stretcher, paw feet, h. 18 1/2 in., w. 28 3/4 in., d. 28 3/4 in. $1000/1500

8. Charles X Carved Mahogany Center Table, 19th c., circular slate top, foliate‑carved frieze, hocked legs, paw feet, plinth base, h. 30 in., dia. 30 in. $600/900

9. Diminutive Provincial Inlaid Fruitwood Encoignure, late 18th/early 19th c., etagere superstructure, compass star inlaid top, serpentine case with two doors, shelf interior, shaped bracket feet, h. 60 1/2 in., w. 22 in., d. 16 in. $600/900

10. John Gould (British, 1804‑1881), "Gadwall" and "Pintail Duck", 2 hand‑colored lithographs, from Birds of Europe, sheets 16 1/2 in. x 22 1/4 in., framed alike. (2 pcs.) $400/600

11. David Roberts (British, 1796‑1864), 5 tinted lithographs from The Holy Land, Syria..., Day & Son, 1856, printed by Louis Haghe, quatro edition, sheet 7 1/2 in. x 11 in., all framed alike. $500/700
Provenance: Estate of Thomas Greene Collins, Jr., Arabi, LA.

12. John Gould (British, 1804‑1881), "Aquila Chrysaetos, Briss (Golden Eagle)", hand‑colored lithograph from Birds of Great Britain, sheet 21 1/2 in. x 14 1/4 in., framed. $400/600

13. John Gould (British, 1804‑1881), "Florisuga Ater" and "Phaethornis Griseogularis", 2 hand‑colored lithographs, from Hummingbirds, sights 20 1/4 in. x 14 in., framed alike. (2 pcs.) $500/700

14. Nine Portrait Miniatures of Napoleon Bonaparte's Family, "Napoleon", "Maria Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte", "Maria Annunziata Caroline Bonaparte Murat", "Pauline Bonaparte Leclerc Borghese", "Joseph Bonaparte", "Lucien Bonaparte", "Maria Anna Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi Levoy", "Louis Bonaparte", and "Jerôme Bonaparte", each signed "H. Renoior" lower right, typewritten labels identifying sitters en verso, sights 3 1/4 in. x 2 1/2 in., oval metal frames inset in mother of pearl and bone frame with bone panel and ink inserts. $700/1000

15. Gilt Bronze‑Mounted Chinese Export Famille Rose Porcelain Center Bowl, late 19th c., decorated with figural and bird‑and‑flower panels on a gilt ground with butterflies and flowers; squared scroll handles, stem foot, h. 10 5/8 in., w. 14 in. $700/1000

16. Murano Glass Six‑Light Candelabra, 20th c., foliate design, electrified, h. 28 1/2 in., w. 19 in. $300/500
Provenance: Estate of Stefanie C. Golden, Florence, Italy.

17. Three Murano Glass Two‑Light Wall Sconces, 20th c., in rose and pale blue glass, electrified, h. 15 in., w. 15 in., d. 8 in. $1000/1500
Provenance: Estate of Stefanie C. Golden, Florence, Italy.

18. Large and Impressive Pair of Continental Faience Elephant Lamps, probably early to mid 20th c., mottled pale blue flambe glaze, each modeled in a striding stance on a brass and wood plinth, white glazed tusk‑form finials, elephant h. 12 in., h. (to top of finial) 32 1/2 in., w. 23 in., d. 7 in. $800/1200

19. Three Czech Art Glass Vases, 20th c., incl. two malachite vases by Schlevogt and a clear example, tallest h. 9 5/8 in. $700/1000

20. Gilt Metal Side Table, circular top decorated with fish and plants, base with apocryphal Jiaqing mark, faux bamboo base, probably iron, h. 24 in., dia. 24 in. $1200/1800
Provenance: Ex‑Collection Brooke Astor.

21. Bronze Figure of an Ice Skater, after Rene Charles Masse, signature inscribed on self‑base, "GK16" stamped on underside, h. 26 in., w. 7 in., d. 10 in., "Depose" stamped on base, overall h. 29 in. Note: Separated from base. $1000/1500

22. Bronze Figural Group of a Young Man and Woman, after "L'Orage [The Storm]", by Emile Bruchon, signature inscribed on self‑base, h. 24 in., w. 13 in., d. 8 1/2 in., faux marbre base, overall h. 27 in. Note: Loose on base. $500/800

23. Two Carved Mahogany Pedestals, late 19th c., each with square top, dentil frieze, Corinthian column supports, molded plinth base, one slightly smaller, h. 36 in., w. 18 in. $700/1000

24. George III Carved Walnut Side Chair, 18th c., arched acanthus crest, scrolled ears, molded stiles, trapezoidal slip seat, acanthus carved cabriole legs, pad feet, H stretcher, h. 38 in., w. 23 in., d. 23 in. $500/800
Provenance: The Blackamoor Antiques, New Orleans, LA, 1973; Estate of Stephen G. Henry, Baton Rouge, LA.

25. Regency Carved Rosewood Etagere, early 19th c., top with scalloped gallery, turned supports, lower tiers fitted with drawers, turned feet, cuff casters, h. 42 1/2 in., w. 20 in. $1000/1500

26. Edwardian Inlaid Satinwood Work Table, early 20th c., top with chamfered corners, pleated work drawer, splayed turned legs, X stretcher, h. 28 in., w. 14 in., d. 13 in. $400/600

27. Pair of American Federal Brass Ball‑Top Andirons, early 19th c., marked "J. Molineaux/ Founder/ Boston", slipper feet, h. 16 1/2 in., w. 11 1/4 in., d. 24 in.; together with matching fire tools, incl. brass and iron coal shovel and tongs. $1000/1500

28. George III Sterling Silver Covered Entree Dish, Robert Garrard, London, 1811, marks rubbed, removable acanthus scroll and branch handle, gadroon borders, engraved armorial crest, h. 5 3/8 in., w. 11 7/8 in., d. 9 1/8 in., wt. 60 troy ozs. $1500/2500
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

29. George III Sterling Silver Covered Entree Dish, London, 1807, maker B.S untraced, circular with floral scroll chasing, drop handles and scalloped foot rim, h. 4 1/4 in., dia. 10 1/8 in., wt. 42.25 troy ozs. $1200/1800
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

30. George III Sterling Silver Coffee Pot, 1764, London, maker AP, possibly Abm. Portal, pyriform, domed cover with pod finial, scroll spout, molded stepped foot, carved fruitwood handle, h. 10 3/8 in., wt. 29.25 troy ozs. $1000/1500
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

31. Victorian Sterling Silver Fruit Basket, Henry Wilkinson & Co., Sheffield, 1846, mark reg. 1831, engraved crest, scrolled swing handle, reticulated scroll border, molded foot, h. (to top of handle) 6 1/8 in., dia 9 in., wt. 11.60 troy ozs. $300/500
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

32. William IV Sheffield Plate Soup Tureen, 19th c., "hand" mark of J. Watson & Son or Padley, Parkin & Co., lobed oval form with gadroon and shell border, lion's paw feet with foliate shell brackets, foliate openwork handles, engraved crests on inset silver shields, h. 10 1/2 in., w. 16 in., d. 10 1/8 in. $800/1200

33. Fine Pair of George III Sterling Silver Table Candlesticks, John Schofield, London, 1780, mark reg. 1778, each with removable bobęche, fluted tulip‑shaped candlecup and tapered shaft, stepped foot, beaded borders throughout, engraved with period script monogram "EM" and armorial crest with motto "manus justa decus (a just hand is an adornment)", h. 9 in., one stick is weighted, unfilled stick wt. 16.85 troy ozs. $2500/5000
Provenance: Estate of Stephen G. Henry, Baton Rouge, LA.

34. George II Sterling Silver Salver, Paul Crespin, London, 1741, mark ent. 1739, square with notched corners, gadroon border, engraved armorial crest, bracketed scroll feet, h. 1 1/4 in., 7 1/2 in. square, wt. 16.45 troy ozs. $600/800
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

35. George III Sterling Silver Pap Boat, Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard I, London, 1811, gadroon border with shell and acanthus terminal, l. 5 1/8 in. $200/300
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

36. George V Sterling Silver Playing Card Box, E & N Speak, Birmingham, 1926, mark reg. 1917, lid engraved "Bridge", wood‑lined fitted interior, with 2 decks of Art Deco cards, one "Tourist" motif, the other "Chloris" motif, h. 2 in., w. 6 1/4 in. $200/400
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

37. George VI Sterling Silver Cigarette Humidor, A.L. Davenport Ltd., Birmingham, 1938, mark reg. 1928, engine‑turned decoration, cedar‑lined, h. 1 1/16 in., w. 6 3/8 in., d. 4 3/4 in. $200/300
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

38. George III Sterling Silver Chamberstick, London, 1810, marks rubbed, with removable bobęche and candle snuffer, h. 4 3/8 in., wt. 12.75 troy ozs. $300/400
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

39. Pair of George III Sterling Silver Sauce Tureens, Andrew Fogelberg, London, 1804 and 1800, each oval footed form with reeded loop handles, domed cover with bud finial, beaded borders, reeded body, engraved crests, h. 6 3/8 in., w. 9 3/4 in., wt. 35.50 troy ozs. $800/1200
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

40. Pair of Vintage Motif Silverplate Wine Coolers, wired and fitted as table lamps, h. to top of cooler 11 1/4 in., overall 25 3/8 in. $800/1200

41. American Late Federal Giltwood and Eglomise Mirror, early 19th c., molded cornice with spherule pendants, gilt and penwork eglomise panel, rope‑twist column supports, old mirror plate, h. 36 1/4 in., w. 20 in., d. 4 5/8 in. $800/1200

42. American Classical Carved Giltwood Mirror, c. 1825‑1835, New York, in the manner of Isaac Platt, split baluster surround, acanthus corners, divided mirror plate, h. 53 in., w. 28 in. $500/800

43. Louis XV Carved and Painted Canape, late 18th c., serpentine shell‑carved crest, padded back, arms, and seat, serpentine apron, cabriole legs, h. 38 1/2 in., w. 80 in. $800/1200

44. French Provincial Carved Oak Bureau, mid‑18th c., fall front lid with fitted interior, two short over long drawer, scalloped apron, cabriole legs, h. 41 1/8 in., w. 41 1/2 in., d. 20 5/8 in. $800/1200

45. English Carved Mahogany Zograscope Table, mid‑19th c., rectangular lift top, frieze drawer, turned standard, incurvate plinth, hipped sabre legs, cuff casters; together with a table top magnifying mirrored stand, h. 29 1/2 in., w. 30 in., d. 20 in. $700/1000

46. Fine Near Pair of English Paint‑Decorated Satinwood Settees in the Adam Taste, 19th c., caned back, arms and seat, rail, turned and tapered legs, h. 34 in., w. 35 1/2 in., d. 23 1/4 in. $2500/3500

47. Pair of Moorish‑Style Carved, Ebonized and Mother‑of‑Pearl Inlaid Armchairs, scrolled crest, pierced splat, pierced and bracketed apron, turned legs, h. 44 1/2 in., w. 21 1/2 in., d. 20 in. $1200/1800

48. Pair of Regency‑Style Carved and Painted Window Benches, scrolled arms, caned seat, seat rail with rosettes, scrolled legs, h. 25 1/2 in., w. 56 in., d. 15 3/4 in. $1200/1800

49. Manner of George Henry Harlow (British, 1787‑1819), "Portrait of a Mother and her Daughter", oil on canvas, unsigned, 33 1/2 in. x 33 1/2 in., framed. $1800/2400 Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

50. James Edward Butterworth (British, 1817‑1894), "Ships off the Coast of Dover", oil on canvas, signed lower right, "Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY" labels with title and partial typewritten label en verso, 10 in. x 6 in., framed. $4000/6000
Provenance: Hirschl & Adler Galleries (American Department), New York, NY, 1980; Estate of Stephen G. Henry, Baton Rouge, LA.

51. British School, late 18th/early 19th c., "Portrait of Thomas Turner, Master of Chancery (d. 1715)", oil on canvas, unsigned, 2 handwritten inscriptions identifying sitter en verso, 10 3/4 in. x 8 in., framed. $300/500
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

52. Philip Richard Morris (British, 1836‑1902), "The Drifted Net", oil on canvas, signed lower left, 26 in. x 54 1/4 in., framed with artist and title plaque. $2000/3000

53. After Charles Clement "Bervic" Balvay (French, 1756‑1822), "Marie Antoinette de Lorraine ‑ D'Autriche, Reine de France" and "Louis Seize, Roi des Francais, Restaurateur de la Liberte", 2 hand‑colored engravings on paper, labels with titles en verso, sights 21 in. x 17 in. and 22 in. x 18 in., framed alike. (2 pcs.) $600/800

54. Pair of Napoleon III Gilt Bronze Five‑Light Candelabra, 19th c., marked "HD" for Henri Dasson (1825‑1896), each with foliate branches, putto figural standard and fluted pedestal base, h. 18 in., dia. 8 1/4 in. $1200/1800

55. Fine Louis XVI‑Style Bronze‑Mounted Mahogany Vitrine, late 19th c., galleried top, beveled glass doors, mirror back, reeded colonnettes, over tapered supports, galleried stretcher shelf, toupie feet, h. 55 1/2 in., w. 39 1/4 in., d. 15 1/2 in. $1000/1500

56. Antique Italian Neoclassical Bronze‑Mounted and Paint‑Decorated Console Table, 19th c., inlaid serpentine marble top, fluted frieze, tapered faux malachite legs, spade feet, h. 32 3/4 in., w. 43 3/4 in., d. 23 in. $1000/1500

57. Louis XV Parcel Gilt and Painted Walnut Commode, 18th c., molded serpentine top above three drawers, scalloped skirt, cabriole legs, whorl feet, h. 34 1/2 in., w. 48 in., d. 24 in. $3000/5000

58. Antique Carved Walnut Console Table, 19th c., molded top, frieze with rampant lion, foliate mask carved cabriole legs, scrolled toes, h. 32 1/4 in., w. 29 1/2 in., d. 19 1/2 in. $600/800

59. William IV Carved Mahogany Sofa, c. 1840, elaborately carved crest of opposing eagles centered by anthemion cartouche, scrolled arms terminating in eagle heads, molded seat rail with patera corners, bulbous carved feet, casters, h. 44 1/2 in., w. 86 1/2 in., d. 25 in. $1000/2000

60. Italian Neoclassical Inlaid Walnut Center Table, 19th c., extensively inlaid tilt top with classical figures, turned standard, scrolled legs, incurvate triangular plinth base, h. 30 1/4 in., dia. 50 in. $600/900

61. Pair of Blue John and Rock Crystal Obelisks, of typical form, tall plinth base, h. 15 in., w. 3 3/4 in., d. 3 3/4 in. $2500/3500

62. French Provincial First Standard Silver Gobelet, c. 1809‑1819, h. 4 1/4 in., wt. 2.75 troy ozs. $250/350
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.
Ref.: Tardy, p. 192.

63. Pair of German Silverplate Figural Bottle Stoppers, marked "WMF" Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik, 19th/20th c., h. (mount) 3 1/8 in.; together with an antique Continental silver tea caddy, chased figural and scroll decoration, h. 3 3/4 in., wt. 3.5 troy ozs. $200/300
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

64. French Restauration First Standard Silver Side Handle Cream Pot, Nicholas‑Auguste Franckson, Paris, c. 1819‑1838, h. 4 3/4 in., wt. 5.10 troy ozs. $200/300
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.
Ref.: Arminjon. Dictionnaire des poincons de Fabricants d'ouvrages d'or et d'argent de Paris et de la Seine 1798‑1838.

65. Continental .950 Silver Coffee Pot, Turin, Kingdom of Sardinia, c. 1825, maker CB untraced, h. 7 7/8 in., wt. 18.90 troy ozs. $200/300
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.
Ref.: Tardy, p. 291.

66. French Silver Side‑Handle Coffee Pot, late 18th/early 19th c., Paris, pyriform with turned wood handle, h. 7 1/2 in., wt. 16.60 troy ozs. $200/300
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

67. Three Greel Sterling Silver Gilt Vessels, Ilias Lalaounis (1920‑2013), inspired by the Kantharos wine cups of ancient Greece, h. 5 1/8 in., 4 3/4 in. and 5 in., combined wt. 16.45 troy ozs. $200/300
Provenance: Estate of Thomas Greene Collins, Jr., Arabi, LA.

68. Antique Continental Silver and Cobalt Glass Mustard Pot in the Louis XVI Taste, hinged cover with pod finial, reticulated frame with putti and acanthus, h. 3 5/8 in., wt. 3.05 troy ozs. $150/250
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

69. Burmese Silver Repousse Coffee and Tea Service, late 19th/early 20th c., unmarked, incl. coffee pot, teapot, covered sugar, and creamer, decorated with figures in landscapes, coffee h. 7 in., w. 12 1/4 in., tea h. 10 in., w. 10 1/4 in. $1000/1500
Provenance: Acquired Rangoon, c. 1958.

70. Egyptian Silver Charger, c. 1950s, marked, dia. 14 1/8 in. $300/500
Provenance: Acquired Cairo, c. 1953‑1954.

71. German .800 Silver‑Mounted Cut Glass Decanter, with 1910 presentation inscription "Herrn Marine Stabsarzt Dr. Stohler (Marine Staff Physician Dr. Stohler)", stopper with figural finial, coaster with reticulated figural scene, h. 11 1/4 in., sterling silver "Rye" decanter tag. $300/500

72. Small French Silver Covered Cream Pot in the Neoclassical Taste, 19th c., probably First Standard, marks rubbed, ebonized wood handle, h. 3 7/8 in., wt. 3.25 troy ozs. $100/150
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

73. George II Sterling Silver Tankard, London, 1750, maker "M" untraced, baluster form, scroll handle, floral repousse, beaded foot, h. 4 3/4 in., wt. 11.30 troy ozs. $300/500
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

74. George III Sterling Silver Footed Berry Bowl, London, 1793, marks rubbed, with repousse fruit on a stippled ground, gadroon border, stepped foot, h. 3 1/4 in., dia. 9 3/4 in., wt. 18.35 troy ozs. $400/600
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

75. Fine Antique George II/III Carved Giltwood and Walnut Looking Glass, probably mid‑18th c., broken arch foliate crest centering a ho‑ho bird, sides with pendant gilt leaves, mirror plate with return corners, scalloped base, h. 63 in., w. 28 1/2 in. $1200/1800
Ref.: Wills, Geoffrey. English Looking Glasses. A.S. Barnes: New York, 1965, p. 83.

76. Fine George III Carved Giltwood and Walnut Looking Glass, probably mid‑18th c., broken arch crest surmounted by a phoenix, molded shaped sides with pendant leaves, scalloped base, mirror plate with return corners, h. 57 1/2 in., w. 26 1/2 in. $1200/1800
Ref.: Wills, Geoffrey. English Looking Glasses. A.S. Barnes: New York, 1965, p. 83.

77. Fine Chippendale Bronze‑Mounted Mahogany Bracket Clock, c. 1788, dial signed "Thomas Daft, New York", twin fusee movement with two bells, engraved backplate and pendulum, strike/silent subsidiary dial, the sides fitted with handles and cherub frets, glazed rear door, on scroll feet, h. 23 in., w. 14 1/2 in., d. 8 3/4 in. $5000/7000

78. Fine Antique George III‑Style Carved Mahogany Breakfront Bookcase, 19th c., broken arch crest, cove molded cornice, fluted frieze with rosettes, bellflower carved, glazed doors, adjustable shelf interior, conforming base with raised panel doors, carved molded base, ogee bracket feet, h. 101 in., w. 83 in., d. 22 in. $4000/6000

79. George III Walnut Wing Chair, 18th c., outscrolled arms, cabriole legs, slipper feet, h. 45 in., w. 32 in., d. 32 in. $1500/2500
Provenance: Alfred Bullard, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, 1977; Estate of Stephen G. Henry, Baton Rouge, LA.

80. George III Satinwood, Inlaid and Paint‑Decorated Secretary Desk, late 18th/early 19th c., serpentine crest above conforming doors with classical oval medallions; fall front lid with fitted desk interior; faux drawers over three long drawers, canted stiles, molded skirt, tapered feet, h. 81 1/2 in., w. 49 1/2 in., d. 25 in. $1500/2500

81. Pair of Spanish Colonial Wrought Iron and Brass Andirons, 18th c., tapered shaft, incised decoration, h. 24 /12 in., w. 9 in., d. 22 in. $600/900

82. Elkington & Co. Silverplate Figural Centerpiece, date mark for 1860, oak tree, leaf and acorn standard mounted with sheep on rockwork base with engraved armorial, foliate molded crystal centerbowl, overall h. 19 1/8. $800/1200

83. George III Sterling Silver‑Mounted Cut Crystal Urn, mount hallmarked John Emes, London, 1805, h. 4 1/2 in., dia. 3 3/4 in. $150/250
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

84. Pair of Molded Crystal Bell Shaped Decanters, 19th c., faceted stoppers, h. 14 1/2 in., dia. 5 1/4 in. $400/600
Provenance: The Sturm Collection.

85. Napoleon III Gilt Bronze and Marble Figural Clock, c. 1870, surmounted by figure of Cupid, bronze signed "P.H. Mourey" Japy Freres movement, fluted marble base, h. 11 3/4 in., w. 16 1/2 in., d. 5 1/2 in. $700/1000

86. Pair of Empire‑Style Giltwood and Cut Glass Chandeliers, c. 1930, acanthine standard, palmette and bellflower decoration, fitted with four‑light fixture, h. 39 in., dia. 25 in., chain l. 36 in. $800/1200

87. Louis XV‑Style Bronze and Cut Crystal Forty‑Eight Light Chandelier, vasiform standard, foliate arms, electrified, h. 38 in., dia. 48 in. $3000/5000

88. Rare American Rococo Carved and Laminated Rosewood Sofa, c. 1850‑1860, attr. to the "Bird Pattern" maker, New York, serpentine back, intricately carved crest centered by a pair of birds with roses, conforming acanthine seat rail, cabriole legs, casters, h. 49 1/4 in., w. 73 in., d. 28 in. $8000/12000
Note: The dramatic reticulation of the crest rail, carved opposing birds on the central crest, use of sophisticated seven-layer laminated construction, shape of the rear legs, and the molded form of the arm supports, seat rail, and front legs of this sofa are all indicative of "Bird Pattern" examples of seated furniture made in New York City during the mid-19th century.
Ref.: "Bird Pattern" examples include an arm chair illustrated in Dubrow, American Furniture of the 19th Century., p. 95 and a closely related parlor suite sold in these rooms, Oct. 6, 2007, as lot 274.

89. American Rococo Carved and Laminated Rosewood Armchair, c. 1850‑1860, attr. to the "Bird Pattern" maker, New York, arched vine, scroll and grape back support centered by a floral cluster, serpentine arms and uprights, rounded cartouche, carved seat rail, cabriole legs, casters, h. 48 in., w. 26 in., d. 29 in. $4000/6000

90. Rare American Rococo Carved and Laminated Rosewood Meridienne, c. 1850‑1860, attr. to the "Bird Pattern" Maker, New York, undulating reticulated crest, serpentine seat rail, cabriole legs, casters, h. 43 1/2 in., w. 71 1/2 in., d. 29 in. $5000/8000
Provenance: The Service Collection, Estate of Grant A. Oakes, Warren, OH.
Note: Several features seen here relate to known "Bird Pattern" examples of seat furniture made in New York City in the middle of the 19th century. Notable features include the distinctive reticulation of the crestrail, the form of the central crest, the sophisticated seven-layer lamination, the construction of the rear legs, and the molded form of the arm support, seatrail and front legs.
Ref.: An identical meridienne to the lot offered here is illustrated in Meyer, Priscilla. Victorian Detail, a Working Dictionary. Armonk, NY: Oak Cottage Farm, p. 32.

91. American Rococo Carved and Laminated Rosewood Side Chair, c. 1850‑1860, attr. to the "Bird Pattern" maker, exuberant floral carved pierced and scrolled crest, padded back, round seat, serpentine scrolled apron, cabriole legs, casters, h. 43 3/4 in., w. 16 1/2 in., d. 18 in. $1000/2000

92. Rare American Aesthetic Carved Walnut Center Table, late 19th c., attr. to Allen and Brother, Philadelphia, shaped variegated marble top, carved and incised frieze, carved owls over cabriole legs, with paw feet, turned and fluted legs with disc feet at center, X‑stretcher centered by a medallion, casters, h. 30 in., w. 45 1/2 in., d. 29 1/2 in. $6000/8000
Provenance: By repute, acquired from the collection of Judge John Fox (1862 - 1942), Harrisburg, PA.
Note: The high-style table in the present lot features a shaped variegated marble top, exuberantly carved owls, and bold architectural and mechanical turnings, all aspects of fine Renaissance revival and aesthetic furniture by the Philadelphia firm Allen & Brother.
William Allen Sr., a purveyor of exotic woods and furniture, was succeeded by his sons in 1847, who took over the workshop located at 137 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. By 1869, the firm had solidified a reputation for fine goods and custom cabinetwork. It was during this period that the firm produced their finest examples, such as the center table offered here.
The Allen & Brother firm was well-known for fantastical figural, mythological, and animal carvings, such as the owls found on this lot. The carved owls directly relate to an Allen & Brother settee sold in these salesrooms on February 19, 2005 as lot 492, previously held in the collection of the High Museum in Atlanta. The variegated marble top paired with figural carvings are similar to another center table by the firm in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Ref.: Talbot. "Allen and Brother, Philadelphia Furniture Makers," Magazine Antiques, May 1996. pp. 716-722; Dubrow, Eileen and Richard. American Furniture of the Nineteenth Century. Schiffer: Pennsylvania, 1983, p. 13.; Philadelphia Museum of Art Collections. Accessed October 16, 2017.

93. American House of Representatives Carved Oak Armchair, c. 1857, attr. to Bembe and Kimbel, New York, after a design by Thomas Ustick Walter, federal shield crest, bellflower carving, beaded seat rail, faceted legs, cuff casters, h. 42 1/4 in., w. 24 1/2 in., d. 22 1/2 in. $7000/10000
Note: The chair offered here was designed for the U.S. House of Representatives Chamber by Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-1887), who was the primary architect of the U.S. Capitol and designer of the interiors of the House of Representative wing. The chairs were in use from 1857 to 1873, when remodeling of the Capitol building resulted in the sale of Walter's furnishings.
The crest rail of the chair features a star-and-stripes shield flanked by oak and laurel branches, symbols of longevity and victory which promoted the concept of Manifest Destiny, the 19th century American ideology that the nation must continue to expand westward across the continent and beyond.

Ref.: "History, Art and Archives: U.S. House of Representatives,"

94. American Aesthetic Alabaster and Gilt Brass Table, late 19th/early 20th c., variegated oval top, reticulated frieze, twist turned legs with scrolled brackets, stretcher shelf, scrolled claw and ball feet, h. 34 in., w. 32 in., d. 20 in. $800/1200

95. Important American Aesthetic Gilt‑Incised, Inlaid and Carved Rosewood Parlor Cabinet, c. 1880, attr. to Pottier and Stymus, New York, reverse stamped "67694", center section with beveled and engraved mirror plate, over pair of doors and niche, flanked by marble top vitrine cabinets with floral galleried tops, paw feet, h. 68 1/2 in., w. 59 in., d. 16 1/2 in. $10000/15000
Note: The exquisitely inlaid parlor cabinet shown here is closely related to some of the finest examples of aesthetic furniture by the New York firm Pottier & Stymus. Featuring intricately incised floral motifs and mother-of-pearl inlaid cabinet doors, the cabinet is closely related to furniture from the Mark Hopkins residence in San Francisco and the Thomas Edison home at Glenmont in West Orange, New Jersey.
The use of a five-digit numbering system by Pottier & Stymus before 1888 is documented by Kristin Herron in her article on the Thomas Edison home at Glenmont. Numbers on a Pottier & Stymus example could be penciled, impressed, or stenciled in black ink, as seen on the cabinet in the present lot. Herron notes that numbers were likely assigned chronologically and furniture dating to the early 1880s, such as this piece, were marked with numbers between 50000 and 70000.
Ref.: Herron, Kristin S."The Modern Gothic Furniture of Pottier and Stymus," Magazine Antiques. May 1999.

96. American Aesthetic Carved, Burled, Inlaid and Gilded Walnut Etagere, late 19th c., probably Pottier and Stymus, New York, triangular crest centered by a medallion of a maiden, floral carved panel, divided mirror plate with foliate accents, pair of small shelves, base with inset onyx top, carved brackets, molded plinth, h. 102 in., w. 50 1/2 in., d. 17 1/2 in. $1200/1800

97. American Rococo Carved Rosewood Bookshelf, c. 1850, attr. Alexander Roux, reticulated foliate scroll carved gallery centered by a cabochon cartouche, four ripple molded, graduated shelves, reticulated backs, acanthus carved S scroll supports, shaped base, foliate cabriole legs, h. 49 in., w. 39 in., d. 12 1/2 in. $1500/2500

98. Levi Wells Prentice (American/New York, 1851‑1935), "Still Life of Two Baskets of Peaches", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 11 in. x 16 in., framed. $4000/6000
Provenance: Taylor Clark, Fine Prints, Paintings and Framing, Baton Rouge, LA, 1986; Estate of Stephen G. Henry, Baton Rouge, LA.
Note: Self-taught artist Levi Wells Prentice began his career painting landscapes in the Adirondack Mountains. It was not until his move to Brooklyn in 1883 that he created the first of his celebrated still life paintings. From there, he developed his characteristic style of hard line, hyper-realistic works of fruit, typically apples, spilling forth from containers onto wooden tabletops.
In the lot offered here, Prentice painstakingly depicts lush peaches lying haphazardly on a table as if recently tumbled from their simple wooden basket. The artist's impressive ability is showcased in the interplay of the details of the fruit, leaves, and the highly texturized surface of the container.
Ref.: "Apples in a Tin Pail."Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. June 28, 2017, Accessed Oct. 12, 2017.

99. Theresa Ferber Bernstein Meyerowitz (American/New York, 1895‑2002), "Gloucester Harbor", watercolor on paper, signed lower right, 22 in. x 28 in., framed. $1000/1500

100. William Meyerowitz (Russian/New York, 1887‑1981), "Bather", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 20 in. x 16 in., framed; accompanied by National Academy of Design Associate Certificate to William Meyerowitz, 1943. $1200/1800

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