Sotheby’s auction house has had a busy week so far. They auctioned off important prints on Monday, contemporary art on Tuesday and Islamic art on Wednesday. Next up is their European Decorative Arts sale. Sotheby’s New York will hold the auction on Friday, 27 October.
The auction will offer up a range of decorative furniture, sculptures and paintings to give your home that touch of class.
No matter how little you have to spent, there should be something for you to bid on. Pre-auction estimates place the items on offer between $250,000 for full-sized tapestries down to $300 for decorative pots and bowls. There’s a lot to sort through, but there’s definitely some good buys to be had.
Sotheby’s New York European Decorative Arts items to check out
Having opened for public viewing back on Friday, 13 October, you don’t have long left to browse the collection before the auction gets underway. It will begin on Friday at 3pm London time.
Lucky for you, we have picked out a few items worthy of your consideration to save you some time. With such a wide price range on display, we’ve tried our best to include something for every price range.
Bruges Late Gothic millefleurs tapestry
Guide price: $150,000-$250,000
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While its 500 year history (1520 AD) is what makes this piece so expensive, it’s the level of detail that makes it worthy of your money. Depicting the landscape surrounding a fortified town, this tapestry is almost entirely covered in clusters of violets, carnations, narcissus and fuchsias flowers.
Beauvais Chinoiserie tapestry
Guide price: $100,000-$150,000
Made by the Beauvais Manufactory established under Louis XIV’s finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert, this piece dates back to the late 17th or early 18th century. The tapestry depicts the voyage of a Chinese Empress with a great level of detail, produced as part of Guy Louis Vernasal, Jean baptiste Belin de Fontenay and Baptiste’s “The Story of the Emperor of China” series.
Two Meissen figures of gray parrots
Guide price: $70,000-$100,000
These porcelain parrots look like something that you might find in a bargain bucket at your local car boot sale. However, they’re actually two extremely rare pieces with a higher price tag than most cars. The models are beleived to be made by Meissen porcelain manufacturer Johann Joachim Kandler for Germany’s Japanese Palace in the 1700s.
A French Prisoner-of-War bone and ebony model of a British Man-of-War
Guide price: $25,000-$35,000
While an extremely cool model in its own right, this hand-crafted Man-of-War ship model also comes with a lot of history. Created by one of the 80,000 French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars, this is one of the most intricate pieces to come out of the golden years of prisoner-made model ships.
A pair of English 18-inch terrestrial and celestial globes
Guide price: $20,000-$30,000
There isn’t a famous name attached to these fancy globes. However, with aged mahogany stands that have stood the test of time, these two early 19th century globes will go perfect in your sitting room or study.
A Meissen figure of a green parrot
Guide price: $10,000-$15,000
If you’re a porcelain parrot collector, but the $70,000+ porcelain parrots listed above are out of your price range, this lot offers a better option. This considerably smaller model, also made by Johann Joachim Kandler, will only cost you a fraction of the price.
A George IV gold-mounted milk glass two-compartment scent bottle
Guide price: $3,000-$5,000
While its creator is unknown, this 1800s scent bottle offers up a luxury way to store your liquids. Made from milk glass, the white shell of this fancy scent bottle stands against the gold detailing in a way that is bound to turn a few heads.
A Ludwigsburg porcelain sugar bowl
Guide price: $300-$500
If you’re on a tight budget, this sugar bowl is one of the cheapest items up for sale this week. Sotheby’s New York estimate its worth at under $500. Produced in the 18th century, this porcelain piece is complete with gold detailing and painted Oriental battle scenes on either side.