French Furniture and
Arts Make a Strong Showing
R.I. – The April 14th Bruneau
& Company auction showed strong results for French furniture and
decorative arts when compared to years past. “Competitive bidding
brought the French Neoclassical bronze figural group to a private
collection in Egypt, followed by a pair of parquetry inlaid bombe chests
to Canada. You never know where things are going to end up,” said Travis
Landry, a Bruneau & Company specialist.
A large, fine French Neoclassical bronze figural group showed a courting
couple standing near a plant stand. The couple stood 26 inches tall but,
when added to an ormolu bronze mounted rouge marble base, the overall
height was 36 inches. The piece was signed “Dumege” and stamped “Made in
France” and, at $5,625, was one of two other lots to top the $5,000
other was a 19th century Italian Carrera marble fountain bowl base,
which fetched $5,312. It was part of a delightful selection of exterior
architectural antiques in the auction. The bowl, 38 inches in diameter
and 22 inches tall, was quatrefoil form, with foliate ornamentation in
relief, decorated with birds on either side. It was supported by four
marble pedestals, all later added.
Another exterior architectural antique that drew much bidder attention
was a monumental 18th century (or older) Indian carved stone temple
doorway – about 7 feet tall by 4 feet wide ($3,438). It was sold in
place, at the estate where it currently resides in Providence, R.I., and
consisted of upright columns, two overhead lentils and a footer stone,
with carvings of deities throughout.
highlights from the auction included a 96-inche-tall 1880s Japanese
Meiji period carved wood etagere, which went for $3,835. Profusely
carved hardwood with multiple hand-decorated impasto painted panels of
landscapes, the etagere had several shelves on a Kang form base. Also, a
late 19th century jade rock crystal bronze shelf clock, made in China
and Switzerland, with a rock crystal bangle embellished dial flanked by
opposing birds clutching branches with two peaches, made $2,812.
A Queen Anne stained tiger maple highboy, made in New England in the
18th century, 76 inches tall, having five graduated drawers over two
vertical over three drawers with a fan-carved center, supported by stout
cabriole legs with a shapely skirt, finished at $2,500; while a fine
18th century American Chippendale carved gilt and gesso mirror with
Aesthetic chinoiserie design, having a full-figured phoenix bird crest
adorning a shapely pierced foliate frame, 54 inches tall hit $4,688.
a late 19th or early 20th century antique Turkish Oushak Oriental wool
carpet rug, 14 feet 6 inches by 12 feet 3 inches, with a central floral
and tendril field and geometric borders, brought $2,250.
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