MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 15, 2020 – Skinner will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring Fine Silver, Ceramics, and the George Way Collection in an online auction open for bidding from July 20 through July 28. With over 600 lots on offer, the sale will feature an expansive selection of fine silver and ceramics as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through the early 20th centuries.
British & Dutch Furniture and Art – The George Way Collection
At sixteen, George Way began his over half-century quest to assemble the largest privately owned 17th century chair collection in America. After acquiring more than 100 examples of seating furniture, he broadened his collection to include artwork and decorative objects of the period. The July auction presents over 200 items from his collection encompassing 17th century and 17th century style paintings, furniture, decorative items, and other household goods. Known in auction and antique circles as “The Oak Man of Greenwich Village,” Way was a frequent collaborator for many antique publications and a contributor to American and British television programs. Nearly twenty museums and institutions have purchased or have received legacies from the George Way estate, including the New York State Museum, the Van Wagenen House, Walters Art Museum, and Fort Ticonderoga.
Some highlights from the collection include an impressive Carved Oak Tester Bed (Lot 1133, Estimate $3,000-5,000), an Oak Court Cupboard with Finely Carved Details (Lot 1111, Estimate $1,500-2,500) and Head of a Man in a Lace Ruff by the School of Thomas de Keyser (Dutch 1596-1667) (Lot 1325, Estimate $1,000-1,500).
Featured in a curated offering of American, European, and International Silver is a Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver and Enamel Coffeepot from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 (Lot 1054, Estimate $15,000-25,000). The coffeepot is one of only eight “after-dinner” coffeepots exhibited at the Chicago Exposition, and features decoration with a muted enamel palette offset by lapis lazuli accents.
Other Auction Highlights
Numerous bronze and marble sculptures and Russian icons are featured among the decorative arts section of the sale. Fine ceramics are well-represented with a collection of Wedgwood lustreware and a variety of European and Continental porcelain.
Highlights include an Italian Micromosaic Plaque Featuring a Peasant Woman (Lot 1635, Estimate: $4,000-8,000), an Austrian Silver, Enamel, and Lapis Lazuli Ewer (Lot 1017, Estimate: $5,000-8,000), Susse Fres Marble of La Baigneuse (The Bather) by François-Raoul Larche (French, 1860-1912), (Lot 1389, Estimate: $3,000-5,000), and a large Russian Icon of the Prophet Isaias (Lot 1619, Estimate: $2,000-4,000).
Previews & Events
Private-preview appointments are available upon request. Please contact the department to schedule.
In conjunction with the auction Skinner will present a virtual talk George Way: The Collector You Always Wanted to Know by Historian Patrick Grenier on July 23rd at 2PM. See details here.
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