Two Important Private Collections in St. Louis this June
The St. Louis summer auction, June 9-10 will be made up of two important private collections—the Property from the Collection of Kenneth Fugate and Carroll Heath, San Francisco, CA and Property from the Private Collection of a Lady, St. Louis.
Having filled their magnificent Eastlake Stick Victorian home in San Francisco with a beloved collection of fine art and antiques, Kenneth Fugate and Carroll Heath shared a passion for connecting with the past. Their home was immaculately restored to its Golden Era with period furnishings as if transported to the turn of the century. For Fugate and Heath, the practice of collecting was as much about acquiring Victorian furniture as it was an exercise in exploring another era.
In their life together, Fugate and Heath were known to regularly collect objects from antique stores, galleries and private estates around San Francisco. Aided by his analytical background, Fugate meticulously inventoried and recorded the known history of each item in their home. This record proved quite helpful when the couple sold their Eastlake home and relocated with their treasured collection to a small Midwestern town. There they found another Victorian home with a rich history and have continued to surround themselves with pieces of the past.
Day one of the St. Louis summer auction is comprised of the 18th, 19th and Early 20th century American and Continental furniture and fine art, collections of Royal Vienna cabinet plates and Early 20th century Austrian Amphora pottery from the Fugate and Heath home. Also included in the 455 lots from their San Francisco residence is marble and bronze sculpture examples, Neoclassical gilt bronze chandeliers, antique mirrors, a Steinway piano, and collections of stained glass and ceramic tiles.
Day two of the St. Louis Summer auction, Property from the Private Collection of a Lady, St. Louis, is comprised of Asian decorative art objects including a collection of Japanese cloisonné and Japanese woodblock prints, an oil painting by Arthur Osver, American, French and Austrian cold-painted bronze sculptures, and a large collection of Continental porcelain animal figurines.
The highlight of this private collection are the 375 lots of porcelain and bronze animal figures from prominent manufacturers such as Meissen, Nymphenburg, Dahl-Jensen, Bing & Grondahl, Royal Copenhagen, Rosenthal, Hutschenreuther, Royal Doulton and Doris Lindner for Royal Worcester.
Over 30 lots of Doris Lindner’s recognized models of dogs, birds and horses will be featured in the sale. The horses are from a series she modeled during the height of her career in the 1960s. She studied from life and travelled widely to gather information about her subjects, even consulting breeding societies. She was actively designing and modeling into her 80s.
One of the other manufacturers featured in the sale, Nymphenburg, became internationally recognized in the early 20th century for its production of animal figures due to its distinct technique of underglaze painting and there will be 19 lots from this manufacturer offered in this sale. Prominent artists defining this style include Theodor Karner, one of Germany’s most prestigious artists in porcelain and whom also worked for Meissen and Rosenthal. There are two Karner figurines featured in the sale.
Dahl-Jensen (actually Jens Peter Dahl-Jensen) studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in the late 1890s. He was a model master with Bing & Grondahl in Copenhagen from 1897-1917 and then artistic director of another porcelain factory, Norden, also in Copenhagen until 1925. He became famous for his work in porcelain, especially animal figurines for B&G. There are 26 lots of Dahl Jensen in this summer sale.
Established in 1815, Royal Doulton began as “Doulton Pottery” in Lambeth, England. In 1901, it received its name after King Edward VII granted the company a royal warrant. It is known for its dinnerware and collectables.
Friday, June 3 | 10am – 5pm
Saturday, June 4 | 10am – 3pm
Monday, June 6 | 10am – 7pm
Tuesday, June 7 | 10am – 5pm
Wednesday, June 8 | 10am – 5pm