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DESCRIPTIONThe Skinner European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction in Boston begins on July 12, 2013 with Session I: Featuring The Bent Family Collection: Furniture and Decorative Arts from ‘Quattro Venti’ along with a selection of European Furniture and Decorative Arts, Lots 1-413. On July 13, 2013, Skinner will present Session II: Featuring Fine Sculpture & Ceramics, Including The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection of 18th Century English Pottery, Lots 500-1377.
The Bent Family Collection : Furniture and Decorative Arts
from Quattro Venti
Fine Ceramics featuring the Harry A. Root Jr. Collection
of 18th Century English Pottery
Sale 2663B July 12 & 13, 2013 Boston
European Furniture & Decorative Arts
European Furniture & Decorative Arts
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cover: 896; frontispiece: 317; back cover: 298
Auction 2663B Friday, July 124PMSession I: Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring the Bent Family Collection
Saturday, July 1310AM Session II: Fine Sculpture & Ceramics featuring the Harry A. Root Jr. Collection
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Table of Contents
1 Auction & Specialist Information
2 Web Site & Online Bidding
4 Glossary of Terms
5 Session I: Lots 1413
89 Session II: Lots 5011377
199 Conditions of Sale
201 Absentee Bid Form
202 Company Directors & Specialty Departments
203 Administrative Staff & Client Services
204 Map & Driving Directions
205 Parking & Accommodations
207 Catalog Subscription Form
Please Note: All lots sold subject to our Conditions of Sale.
Please refer to page 199 of this catalog for the full terms and conditions governing your purchase.
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4All items in this catalogue are described according to the following table of terminology. Please note that all statements in this catalogue as to Authorship, Period, and Origin, are qualified statements subject to the Conditions of Sale.
Authorship will be described in the following ways:
John Joseph EnnekingIn our judgment, the work is by the artist.
Attributed to John Joseph EnnekingIn our judgment, the work may be ascribed to the artist on the basis of style, but leaves some question as to actual authorship.
School of John Joseph EnnekingIn our judgment, a work of an unknown follower executed in the style of the artist and contemporary in period.
Manner of John Joseph EnnekingIn our judgment, a work executed in the style of the artist by an unknown hand and probably from a later period.
After John Joseph EnnekingIn our judgment, an intended copy of the work of the artist.
American School, 19th CenturyIn our judgment, the work of an unknown hand that can only be identified as to period and culture.
Bears SignatureIn our judgment, the signature not of the artist. This term is generally used separately, or together with a description of the work as attributed to, school of, manner of, or after the artist.
Glossary of Terms
Session ILots 1413
to be sold Friday, July 12, 2013, at 4PM
Quincy Bent, vice president in charge of production at Bethlehem Steel at the turn of the last century, built the summer retreat
around 1912. His forebears purchased quarries in West Gloucester in 1820 and originally used the property, situated on the tip
of the Annisquam peninsula, to transfer stone from river barges to schooners for delivery to cities up and down the East Coast.
Quincys wife, Deborah Norris Bent, oversaw the design and construction of the house and decorated the interior. She spent
many summers in Europe with her mother, Deborah Norris Brock, and these travels undoubtedly influenced her aesthetic.
While the house was under construction, mother and daughter purchased most of the furnishings in Italy. Family lore has it that
they were shipped directly to Gloucester along with building materials such as marble and roofing tiles.
Mediterranean Revival, popular in the early 20th century with Grand Tour alumnae, combined elements of Gothic, Renaissance,
and Baroque furniture and decorative arts from northern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and the Spanish colonies. The
dcor from Quattro Venti, which translates from the Italian as four winds, epitomizes this eclectic style with its juxtaposition
of verdure tapestries, heavy dark furniture, bright ceramics, and wrought iron accents. The homes sterling silver, including an
extensive dining suite, illustrates the lavish lifestyle the Bent family maintained at Quattro Venti.
Designed and furnished in the Mediterranean Revival style,
Quattro Venti is the last great private residence in Annisquam Village, a
small fishing hamlet near Gloucester, Massachusetts.
The Bent Family Collection: Furniture & Decorative Arts from Quattro VentiLots 1114
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1Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872)
Portrait of Mrs. William Brown (Miss Deborah Norris), 1833Inscribed and dated TS 1833 on the reverse, sitter identified on a label affixed to the frame backing.Oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 24 7/8 in. (76.8 x 63.0 cm), framed.Condition: Lined, minor retouch, scuffing, fine stable craquelure, surface grime.
Literature: Edward Biddle and Mantle Fielding, The Life and Works of Thomas Sully (Philadelphia: Wickersham Press, 1921), entry number 215, p. 108.$1,000-1,500
2Northern Italian Inlaid Chest of Drawers, early 19th century, demilune-shape veneered throughout in a geometric pattern in various woods including olive wood, with three drawers mounted with neoclassical hardware, raised on four caster-mounted feet, ht. 35 3/4, wd. 50 3/8, dp. 23 5/8 in.$1,500-2,500
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3Swiss Alpine Baroque-style Walnut and Pine Center Table, mid-19th century, the rectangular paneled top over a single deep drawer and four splayed block- and ring-turned legs joined by a box stretcher, ht. 28 3/4, wd. 48 1/2, dp. 39 1/2 in.$1,000-1,500
4Large Group of Blue Venetian and Steuben Glassware, 20th century, the Steuben with ribbed celeste blue bowls and colorless stems, some pieces marked, forty-two underplates, ten small goblets, eight sherbets, seven large goblets, six finger bowls, four cordials and two compotes; the Venetian glass of a similar blue, seventeen low compotes with applied polychrome flowers, two candelabra with removable arms topped by applied polychrome fruit, total ht. 19 1/2, two ribbed balustroid candlesticks, two candlesticks with spiraled colorless stems, two covered compotes with applied polychrome flowers, ht. 10 1/4, two salts with cobalt blue accents, and an oblong bowl with applied fruit; together with three circular platters, dia. 14 in.$1,000-1,500
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5Pair of Italian Renaissance Demilune Walnut Console Tables, 16th/17th century, each with top over shallow carved frieze and three turned legs joined by D-shaped stretchers, ht. 30 1/2, lg. 52 1/2, dp. 21 1/2 in.$3,000-5,000
6William McGregor Paxton (American, 1869-1941)
Portrait of Deborah Norris (Brock) BentSigned and dated PAXTON 1934 l.l.Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 in. (91.5 x 73.3 cm), in a signed Frederick Harer frame.Condition: Paint losses, scattered retouch, mild surface grime.$10,000-15,000
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7Pair of French Porcelain and Dor Bronze Three-light Candelabra, 19th century, the turquoise-glazed roosters modeled after Alphonse-Alexandre Arson (1822-1880), and incised ARSON, the undersides stamped SEVRES, mounted to unmarked Rococo-style bronze bases with three scrolling arms, total ht. 21 in.$1,000-1,500
8Chinese Export Porcelain Canton Blue and White Foot Basin on Stand, 19th century, of typical design, the wood stand with casters, basin dia. 26 1/4, stand ht. 16 1/2 in.$1,500-2,500
9Charles II-style Walnut Armchair, 20th century, upholstered seat and backrest with scrolled armrests with acanthus-leaf carving, raised on four legs carved with flowerheads and joined by an H-form stretcher carved to the front with floral scrolls, ht. 46, wd. 26, dp. 25 in.$250-350
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10Four Sterling Silver Vases, late 19th/early 20th century, J.E. Caldwell & Co., retailer, each with a flared, reticulated rim and foot, on a tapered, engraved stem, with armorial and monogram D.N.B., ht. 7 1/4 in., approx. 36.9 troy oz.$800-1,000
11Four Sterling Silver Compotes, late 19th/early 20th century, J.E. Caldwell & Co., retailer, each with a shallow dish with engraved floral and foliate scrolls centering on an armorial and D.N.B. monogram, with a reticulated rim and domed foot decorated with floral garlands amidst scrolls, ht. 3 in., approx. 96.5 troy oz.$3,500-4,500
12Eight Sterling Silver Candlesticks, late 19th/