A Louis XVI console desserte once in the collection of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild will be offered at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction to take place on April 29 and 30. The console ($30,000/50,000) is attributed to Bernard Molitor and was acquired by The Toledo Museum of Art in 1967; it had previously belonged to Baroness Clarice de Rothschild, to whom it was returned after its confiscation by the Nazis in 1938.
The console is one object from The Toledo Museum of Art being sold for the benefit of the museum’s art acquisition fund. Also included is a pair of Italian Renaissance style cassoni ($20,000/40,000), a pair of 18th century northern European chandeliers ($10,000/20,000 each), French, English and Continental furniture and a group of bronze works from the Chiurazzi Foundries. The Chiurazzi foundries were established in 1840 by Gennari Chiurazzi, an apprentice of Pietro Masulli, a Neapolitan sculptor who copied ancient works of art. The foundries flourished in the late 19th century through the end of the Second World War.
The April auction also includes a group of antiquities from the Estate of John Harney of St. Louis, Missouri. Harney ran his family’s design firm, Warfield Inc., for most of his life and traveled extensively while furthering his knowledge of history and design. Included in his collection is a Roman marble torso depicting the waist and parts of both legs ($8,000/12,000), a Roman marble Ionic capital ($3,000/6,000), a marble head of a young satyr ($1,500/2,500) and other objects.
Highlights of property from various owners include English and Continental furniture, decorative arts, rugs and carpets and bronze sculpture, among them a Frederick William Macmonnies figure of Diana ($8,000/12,000) and a replica of Laocoön and His Sons cast by the Barbedienne foundry ($6,000/8,000), among others.
Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Including Objects from The Toledo Museum of Art
Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30
A Pair of Italian Renaissance Style Parcel Gilt Walnut Cassoni, $20,000/40,000 (Toledo)
Roman Marble Torso, 1st century A.D., $8,000/13,000 (Harney)
A Louis XVI Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Console Desserte, $30,000/50,000 (Toledo)