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Press Release - May 17, 2010

Rare Majolica, Fine English furniture and bold Modern design highlight Decorative Art & Design Auction in Dallas

Heritage Auction Galleries offering selections from important collections across the design spectrum, May 26, in Design District event

DALLAS, TX – An important private collection of nearly 100 lots of English and Continental Majolica will be featured as part of Heritage Auction Galleries May 26 Signature® Decorative Arts & Design Auction, taking place at the company’s Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street, and online at

“Lovers of Victorian Majolica will recognize the quality of this collection at once,” said Tim Rigdon, Director of Decorative Arts & Design at Heritage. “Some of the examples in this collection are among the most desirable and rare designs in the realm of Majolica.”

The intricate painting and delicate craftsmanship of Majolica is amply represented throughout the grouping, but perhaps nowhere more so than an 1875 Victorian Majolica Punch Bowl, manufactured by George Jones & Sons, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The “Punch” in this bowl is double, as it refers not only to its purpose, but to the famous figure reclining on the mottled base, holding up a bowl decorated with a frieze of berried holly on a light blue ground with a mauve interior. It is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

A small but fine private collection of French Palissy ware provides further interest for collectors of fine ceramics, with a Thomas Sergent French Palissy Ware charger, circa 1870, featuring three surprisingly realistic lobsters, two snakes and a frog, leading the way, with an estimate of $3,500-$4,500.

A quartet of exquisitely crafted lots highlights the auction’s selection of English and Continental period furniture, starting with a George III painted, carved and gilt Pembroke table, attributed to George Brookshaw, London, England, circa 1788. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000..

“This table is a beautiful piece of English furniture with an unimpeachable provenance,” said Rigdon. “This table is part of a suite of white-painted and gilt furniture with medallions of hand-colored engravings after Angelika Kauffman commissioned by one James Beal Bonnell.”

A pair of exuberantly carved George IV oak upholstered armchairs, estimated at $10,000-$15,000, made by J. Williamson, London, England, circa 1828, will further pique the interest of collectors with their incredible detail and original upholstery, while a Portuguese Rosewood center table, circa 1840, in the Dom Jose style (estimated at $15,000-$25,000) and an Italian carved Renaissance Revival micro mosaic inlaid cabinet (estimated at $10,000-$15,000) will satisfy the tastes of collectors of fine Continental furniture.

Nineteenth century Asian works are well-represented in the Heritage auction with a monumental Chinese Lapis Lazuli carved figure of Guyanyin, the female incarnation of the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion, from the late Qing Dynasty, circa 1880-1900, leading the way. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

One of the more whimsical, and intriguing sections of the auction – one sure to please dog lovers – comes in the form of the Jo-Ann Brown Pug Dog Collection, led by a pair of Aventurine Quartz, Sapphire pug dogs, from Seaman Schepps, New York, circa 1960. The two pugs are disarming in a recumbent pose with sapphire cabochon eyes set in yellow 18k gold. They carry a pre-auction estimate of $2,000 - $3,000.

The Heritage Auction of Decorative Art & Design will feature further selections from the Dorothy & Sidney Factor Family, being sold to benefit charity, led by a Bellecour Vase by René Lalique, Wingen-sur-Moder, circa 1927, estimated at $15,000-$20,000. A group of eight associated Porcelain plates, probably Vienna, Austria, circa 1890, shares an estimate of $5,000-$8,000 with a French gilt bronze and porcelain centerpiece, probably Paris, circa 1900. The Factor family offerings in this auction are rounded out by an American silver plate and cut glass center piece with two candelabra, circa 1880, with an estimate at $3,500-$4,000.

A French patinated, slivered and gilt bronze figure, Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science, provides a fine exclamation point to the fine continental bronze sculptures in the auction. It was sculpted by Louis-Ernest Barrias (French, 1841-1905), cast by Susse Frères, Paris, France , circa 1900, and is estimated at $15,000-$25,000. It is complemented by a Russian figural bronze, after Evgeny Aleksandrovich Lansere (Russian, 1848-1886), St. Petersburg, Russia, 1873, cast by H. Shtange, St. Petersburg, Russia, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

A Lucie Rie (1902-1995) studio ceramic vase, Vienna, 1938, highlights the outstanding examples of 20th century design Heritage has assembled for the auction. This tall flaring cylindrical earthenware vase, with horizontally ribbed decoration between vertical uprights, on flaring base, comes from one of the most eminent studio potters of the 20th century. It is estimated at $25,000-$35,000. The Modern highlights continue with an American patinated metal and leaded glass lamp from the Handel Lamp Company, New York City, circa 1920, estimated at $10,000-$15,000, and a pair of iconic Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs, circa 1958, in black leather with four cast aluminum legs. These organically shaped chairs were originally designed by Arne Jacobsen for the lobby and reception areas of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1958. It is estimated at $9,000 - $12,000.

Eight one-of-a-kind crystal sculptures made for “The Steuben Project: Sculptures in Crystal,” by Peter Aldridge, David Dowler and Eric Hilton provide one of the auction’s most interesting groupings. The three artists were challenged to explore the potential of lead crystal, each creating a series of sculptures in their own studios with unlimited access to the tools and technology available at Steuben Glass. The project took more than three years to complete and resulted in an exhibition of 25 single edition sculptures that opened at the Heller Gallery in New York City in 1988. The exhibition was a success, closing with eight sculptures unsold. These were sent on to be displayed at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, and while still in transit were purchased by a Dallas private collector who displayed them in a specially designed gallery space in his residence, each piece installed and lit by its creator, where they have resided until today. They carry base estimates ranging between $2,500 and $18,000.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit

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