FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – On Saturday, June 4, 2022, Quinn Auction Galleries of Northern Virginia will hold a fully curated art and decorative arts sale featuring stunning early 20th century Tiffany Studios lamps, a Rene Lalique (French, 1860-1945) “Borromée vase,” Asian antiques and a wide selection of modern chairs, many of which are paired with mid-20th century designer lighting. Over 500 lots will be on offer.
The Tiffany Studios lamps are led by a Curtain Border floor lamp, 77½ inches high, in yellow and green leaded glass with a diamond band and a curtain border shade on a bronze base. Tiffany markings appear on both shade and base. Hailing from a Baltimore-area estate where it had resided since the turn of the 20th century, it comes into action with a pre-sale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.
Also adding color and luminescence to the auction range is a Tiffany Studios bronze and leaded glass desk lamp measuring 21½ inches tall. The verdant shade is profusely adorned with images of yellow and white daffodils, with additional glass accents in complementary garden tones. The shade is stamped “Tiffany Studios NY 1448”, while the base is stamped “Tiffany Studios NY 538”. Estimate: $12,000 to $16,000.
A 9-inch-high René Lalique “Borromée” blue molded glass vase exemplifies a design first introduced at the height of the Art Deco era, in 1928. Peacocks decorate the circumference of the vase and its base is engraved stencil R.Lalique France. This highly desirable vessel is expected to get a winning bid in the $10,000-$15,000 range.
The extensive range of modern seating includes several designs by Finn Juhl, including a Chieftain chair and ottoman made by Baker. In black leather with a wooden frame, the chair is branded on the bottom and is expected to fetch $3,000-5,000. A pair of Juhl teak lounge chairs designed for France and Sons are upholstered in red fabric and have a wooden frame and tapered legs; and a set of two Model 48 armchairs designed jointly by Finn Juhl and Niels Vodder are in brown leather with a two-tone maple and walnut wood frame.
The rest of the sale is packed with Asian, American, European and modern art, including works by Itzchak Tarkay, Francisco Zuniga and others; bronzes, antique pieces in pewter, porcelain and fine jewelry; sterling silver from Dominick & Haff, S. Kirk and Son, Lunt, Tiffany & Co., and others. The Asian arts category is full of Chinese porcelain, jade, bronze censers, Japanese lacquer, and Chinese paintings and scrolls.
A 17th century Chinese libation cup is intricately carved from the sandoo (three abundances) of pomegranate, peach, and lychee, along with fingered citron (also called “Buddha’s hand”) and leafy, gnarled branches that rise from the base. An early 17th century cup in this style is held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was donated to the institution in 1908. Early and substantial, the libation cup donated by Quinn’s is estimated between $20,000 and $30 $000.
A bronze statue of African Venus by Charles Henri Joseph Cordier (French, 1827-1905), with separately molded base and bust, is marked 1851 Tailpiece. Standing 16 inches tall, it’s expected to fetch between $12,000 and $16,000. A second bronze, after Cordier, represents Said Abdallah of Mayac, Kingdom of Darfur (Sudan). Cast as one but unmarked, the 16 7/8 inch tall artwork has an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000.
A large 18th century German pewter guild flask, made circa 1750 by the pewtermaster Johann Heinrich Misselwitz of Gera, Germany, measures 19½ inches in height. The body of the flask is engraved on both sides of the spout with the names of the founding members of the original guild and the year 1605. According to the Gera City Museum, the flask replaced the original guild flask which has been lost or destroyed 150 years earlier. Provenance: Allan Fogel Collection. Estimate $6,000 to $8,000
A 19th century Chinese bamboo and brass tea caddy with a jade lid is 8 inches tall and cylindrical in shape. The sides are carved in relief with vignettes of officials and servants, and the lid is encrusted with a jade plaque carved in relief with a sinuous dragon among a profusion of trailing vines. The bid estimate is set between $4,000 and $6,000.
A bronze sculpture by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (American, 1880-1980), titled The star, represents a graceful naked woman rising upwards. The work is stamped on the base, Harriet Frishmuth 1918 and Founders of Gorham Co. 0505 #36 on the side of the base. Standing 20 inches tall, this quintessential Frishmuth sculpture is expected to cost between $4,000 and $6,000.
Two watercolors on paper by Ivan Petrovich (Russian, 1841-1909), one depicting an ambush scene against a cavalry unit, signed lower left and housed in a 10 x 17¼ inch frame; the other a scene from a Russian army field exercise, signed in Cyrillic lower right and measuring 6 by 10¼ inches (by sight). Each is estimated between $1,500 and $2,000.
Quinn’s fine and decorative arts auction on Saturday, June 4 will begin at 10 a.m. ET. No in-person ground bidding will be available. All auctions will be done remotely, either by telephone, remotely or live via the Internet via Live auctioneers or Invaluable. Proxy bids can also be placed by by Quinn website through HiBid. An open preview will be held at the Auction Gallery (360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046), Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on an item in the auction, you can call Jordan Karlstrand at Quinn’s, 703-532-5632 ext. 571; or email [email protected]. Visit Quinn’s online at www.quinnsauction.com.