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European Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring Fine Silver & Ceramics

3296B | October 12, 2019 | Boston, MA

European Furniture & Decorative Arts With over 400 lots encompassing fine silver, ceramics, and furniture and decorative arts, our October sale speaks to both discerning collectors and novice buyers. Objects range from traditional English pottery and mahogany furnishings to marble sculpture and Mid-century Modern silver. Explore works from the 18th to 21st century and see how you can mix periods and styles to create individual design-schemes in your own home.

Saturday, October 12 | 10AM | 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA preview: October 10, 12–5PM October 11, 12–8PM

Stuart Slavid Stephanie Opolski 508.970.3203

MA LIC. 2304

front cover: Group of English Pottery 1750-1850

this page: Austrian Silver and Enamel Cornucopia Gorham Sterling Silver Statue of Columbus, Rhode Island, 1975, after the original model by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (French, 1834-1904)

Fine Silver George V Irish Sterling Silver Ciborium Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Vase George III Sterling Silver Tea Urn, London, 177576, Charles Wright Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver and Enamel Circus Performer from a Lot of Seven Tiffany & Co. “Audubon� Pattern Sterling Silver Luncheon Service

Martelé Martelé, from the French marteler, “to hammer,” was a completely handmade line produced by Gorham beginning in 1897. Under the direction of the firm’s director, William Codman, this line abandoned the firm’s high-tech machinery in favor of celebrating the actual hand of the silversmith. Each piece was individually raised and then hand-chased, most often in the Art Nouveau style, leaving a fine hammered surface. The Martelé line was exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition to wide acclaim, and continues to be some of the most sought-after silver produced by Gorham today.


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Three-piece Gorham MartelĂŠ .950 Silver Coffee Service

Pair of Mid-century Modern Sterling Silver Candlesticks by Kurt Matzdorf

Gorham MartelĂŠ .9584 Silver Center Bowl, with detail

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Hanging Grape Basket

Five-piece Lows, Ball & Poor Coin Silver Tea and Coffee Service, Boston, c. 1850, in the manner of Obadiah Rich

Fine Ceramics Spanning roughly 100 years from the mid-18th century to the mid19th century, taste in English pottery evolved from refined salt-glaze stoneware, creamware, and pearlware to the brighter colors of Pratttype wares, eye-catching bocage figures, and the variety of lustreware. Each of these categories is well represented in the three collections we have on offer.


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Selections from an Extensive Collection of Silver, Pink, and Copper Lustreware

Louis XV Marble-top Walnut Console Table

Wedgwood Lustreware, including a Fairyland Lustre Jeweled Tree Vase and Cover

Shirley M. Mueller, MD



Charles L. Venable, PhD, is the Director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts. He is the author of multiple books and articles on the decorative arts.

Inside the Head of a Collector is a unique and remarkable book, which is part behavioral economics and part neuroscience, intertwined with personal anecdotes. Dr. Shirley Mueller’s passion for Chinese porcelain, experience as a collector, and knowledge as a neurologist animate this beautifully illustrated and clearly written book. The collector interested in the neuropsychology of decision making, the scientist interested in the practice of collecting art, and the museum visitor interested in a behind-the-scene insight into exhibits will want to read this book.” Anjan Chatterjee, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, is Elliott Professor and Chief of Neurology, Pennsylvania Hospital and author of The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art


Dr. Shirley Mueller’s book Inside the Head of a Collector is a “must read” for all collectors. She has used her professional skills to analyse a collector’s thought process, and I must congratulate her on her research and conclusions based on her experience in collecting mainly Chinese export porcelain. This book brings the excitement, the commitment and the fears of collecting in one volume and looks at collecting from an emotional and psychological angle which collectors, museum professionals, dealers and others will find fascinating just as I did.” Anthony du Boulay, Fellow of the Society of Antiquarians, is the author of multiple books on the decorative arts including Chinese export porcelain

isbn: 978-0-9996522-7-5

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Inside the Head of a Collector Neuropsychological Forces at Play

Why do we collectors do what we do! Inside the Head of a Collector answers that question. Dr. Shirley Mueller’s new book is unlike any other I have ever read. In it she draws upon her unique background in neurology, economics, and art collecting to tell us both about her wonderful porcelains AND about how a collector’s brain responds to art. The rush of adrenalin one has when you spot something great for your collection . . . The agony of disappointment when your beloved object turns out to be a fake! I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Mueller as a friend, curator and trustee of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Her keen mind and passion for art makes this book a pleasure to read.”

Plowing in Nivernais, oil on canvas, after Rosa Bonheur

Wedgwood Caneware Canopic Jar and Cover

Join us! Inside the Head of a Collector Lecture by Shirley M. Mueller, MD Inside the Head of a Collector Neuropsychological Forces at Play Shirley M. Mueller, MD

Friday, October 11, 2019 Reception 5:30PM | Lecture 6PM 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

RSVP: 617.350.5400

this page: Bronze Figure of a Young Neapolitan Fisherman, after Franรงois Rude Continental Embossed Iron Battle Shield Dutch and English Tin-glazed Earthenware English Pratt-type Pearlware 18th Century White Saltglazed Stoneware

opposite: Carved and Inlaid Walnut Coffer Louis XVI Marble-top, Ormolu-mounted, and Kingwood-veneered Commode Pair of 17th Century Style Painted Still Life Panels

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Pasquale Romanelli (Italian, 1812-1887) Sulamitide

Part of a Collection of Staffordshire Bocage Figure Groups

Northern Italian Neoclassical Marbleveneered and Giltwood Mirror

Sunderland Pink Lustreware

Set of Four Pratt-type Pearlware Seasons

Examples from a Collection of American and English Historical Lustreware Spanish Walnut Vargueno back cover: Eleven-piece Norwegian .930 Silver and Cloisonne Enamel Coffee Service by Marius Hammer

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