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Press Release - August 26, 2015

Fresh-to-Market Estates Highlight 1,000+ lots of Fine & Decorative Arts at Heritage Auctions

Sept. 12-13 auction includes collections from poet and songwriter Rod McKuen; Carolyn and former Dallas Mayor Austin “Starke” Taylor; Barbara K. and Stanley G. Cohen, Dallas

Tiffany Mantle clock
DALLAS — Treasured objects from fresh-to-market private collections, including a 96-Piece Sèvres-Style Porcelain Service (est. $30,000+) will cross the block in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Auction Sept. 12-13 in Dallas. The auction presents a richly diverse selection of than 1,000 lots, ranging from a Moorish Revival Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Mantle Clock for Tiffany & Co., New York, New York, circa 1884, (est. $15,000+) to a 40-inch-tall Blanc de Chine, Gilt and Silvered Bronze Figural Clock titled Scholar, Ruler and Wise Man (est. $15,000+).

Important private collections are the cornerstone of the two-day event and feature art and furnishings from the private Beverly Hills, California, home of poet, singer-songwriter and musician Rod McKuen. Among the home’s furnishings offered in the Sept. 12 session include a German Roman Catholic Stained Glass Depicting Sacred Heart Jesus, Joseph, & Mary (est. $10,000+) and the well-documented poster Les Vieilles Histoires, 1893, signed by artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (est. $3,000+). With the parade of famous names and faces in and out of the home over 40 years, perhaps it was Frank Sinatra or Phyllis Diller who relaxed over drinks in a Pair of classic Ray and Charles Eames 670 Armchairs and 671 Ottomans (est. $2,500+).

Additional private collections include selections from the estate of Carolyn and Austin “Starke” Taylor, the civic-minded former mayor of Dallas. “We have been lucky enough to have had in our home Renoirs, Cassatts, Pissarros and a large collection of Morisot,” Carolyn Taylor said of the family’s collection. “We felt a responsibility to future generations … each piece is yours for only a moment, one day belonging to others or for the education and enjoyment of generations to come.”

The Taylors traveled extensively for business and their treasures include a Joseph Cremer Regence-Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Credenza with Marquetry Panels and Marble Top, 19th century, (est. $12,000); a large Bavarian Carved Wood Figural Hall Mirror (est. $6,000+); a Victorian Mahogany Secretary Bookcase, circa 1865 (est. $6,000+); a Pair of Empire Upholstered Mahogany Fauteuils with Gilt Bronze Mounts, in the Manner of Georges Jacob, 19th century, (est. $8,000+), and a Pair of Directoire Garden Sphinxes of Madame de Pompador and Madame du Barry, Damparis, France, circa 1795, (est. $5,000+).

Additional Dallas private collections include a collection of 19th century animalier bronzes from the private collection of noted numismatic and stamp collectors Barbara K. and Stanley G. Cohen. On offer are Élan Surprised par un Lynx, 1841, by Antoine-Louis Barye (est. $2,500+) and Le Faisan, 1889, by Paul-Édouard Delabrièrre (est. $1,000+). Within the collection is a Louis XVI-Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Tulipwood and Mahogany Vanity (est. $4,000+); a Louis XVI-Style Gilt Bronze and Mahogany Vitrine with Marble Top (est. $4,000+); and a Pair of Henry Dasson Gilt Bronze Mounted Marble Urn Lamp Bases, circa 1879 (est. $3,000+).

Unique decorative arts from several additional private collections range from a Louis XVI-Style Bronze Mounted Mahogany and Parquetry Bureau de Ministre, 19th century (est. $7,000); a French Louis XVI-Style Marquetry and Inlaid Vitrine with Marble Top (est. $4,000+); and a Pair of Louis XVI-Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Blue John Cassolettes with Ram’s Head Handles (est. $4,000).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Four Seasons (four works), Italian School, 18th Century: est. $20,000+.

Rape of the Sabine Women, After Giovanni Bologna (Italian, 16th century): est. $7,000+.

Tiger’s Eye Inlaid Table Top on Figural Bronze Base, late 20th century: est. $10,000+.

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