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The Estate of Dominick Dunne

by Stair Galleries

Platinum House

260 lots with images

November 20, 2010

Live Auction

549 Warren Street

Hudson, NY, 12534 USA

Phone: 518 751 1000

Fax: 518 751 1010

Email: information@stairgalleries.com

260 Lots
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AUDREY, DOMINICK DUNNE'S 1994 JAGUAR XJS CONVERTIBLE

Lot 1: AUDREY, DOMINICK DUNNE'S 1994 JAGUAR XJS CONVERTIBLE

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Description: Showing approx. 41,500 miles, in overall good driver condition. The exterior British Racing Green and the interior covered in beige leather. This car, known to Mr. Dunne as "Audrey," was named after Audrey Hepburn, whom he knew and greatly admired. He was quoted in many articles as saying, "Every day after I finish work, I go for a drive. I get great ideas in this car."

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PAIR OF FEDERAL-STYLE INLAID MAHOGANY CARD TABLES

Lot 2: PAIR OF FEDERAL-STYLE INLAID MAHOGANY CARD TABLES

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Description: Each with shaped top with hinged leaf over conforming apron, on square tapering legs; 30 1/2 x 36 x 15 3/4 in. This pair of tables was purchased by Mr. Dunne in the 1960's for his Beverly Hills home on Waldon Drive.

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THREE STAFFORDSHIRE IRONSTONE MILK JUGS

Lot 3: THREE STAFFORDSHIRE IRONSTONE MILK JUGS

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Description: Each baluster-form body with relief-molded decoration of flowers, shells or rosettes. Together with a Wedgwood sage green jasperware pitcher; tallest 7 1/8 in. Mr. Dunne purchased these jugs from Colefax & Fowler in London.

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MEXICAN SCHOOL (20TH C.):

Lot 4: MEXICAN SCHOOL (20TH C.): "SOUVENIR OF AMECAMECA (LA CAPILLA BLANCA)"

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Description: Oil on wood panel, initialed E.B. and dated 1949 upper center, framed; 23 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. (sight). This painting was purchased in the 1960's by Mr. Dunne and his former wife, Lenny Griffin Dunne, for their Beverly Hills home.

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GENTLEMAN'S REFERENCE LIBRARY

Lot 5: GENTLEMAN'S REFERENCE LIBRARY

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Description: Including books on style, fashion, decor, art and photography. Together with two leather-bound issues of Architectural Digest featuring the homes of Dominick Dunne; signatures and inscriptions include John Galliano and Carolina Herrera.

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17TH C.-STYLE EBONIZED AND FAUX TORTOISESHELL WALL MIRROR

Lot 6: 17TH C.-STYLE EBONIZED AND FAUX TORTOISESHELL WALL MIRROR

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Description: The rectangular beveled mirror plate in conforming molded frame; 46 x 35 3/4 in.

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FIVE ASSORTED FAUX EBONY AND IVORY TURNED CANDLESTICKS

Lot 7: FIVE ASSORTED FAUX EBONY AND IVORY TURNED CANDLESTICKS

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Description: Labeled "Two's Company." Together with a pair of Bohemian ruby-flashed and etched glass candlesticks and two cobalt glass candlesticks; tallest 12 in., 5 1/8 in. diam.

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GEORGE III-STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY TRIPOD TABLE

Lot 9: GEORGE III-STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY TRIPOD TABLE

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Description: The round piecrust top tilting over an acanthus-carved and fluted baluster-form standard rising from three acanthus-carved cabriole legs terminating in claw-and-ball feet; 28 1/2 x 30 in. Mr. Dunne inherited the table from his parents in West Hartford, CT.

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ELEVEN ASSORTED THROW PILLOWS

Lot 10: ELEVEN ASSORTED THROW PILLOWS

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Description: Largest 18 x 26 in. The needlepoint pillows initialled "B.B." were worked by Brigid Berlin. Brigid Berlin met Andy Warhol in 1964 and became part of his entourage. She is said to have helped influence his art through her own photography, paintings, and performance art.

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VICTORIAN NEEDLEWORK BELL PULL

Lot 11: VICTORIAN NEEDLEWORK BELL PULL

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Description: Worked with flowers and leaves; 7 ft. 9 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in.

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QUEEN ANNE-STYLE BLACK JAPANNED WALL MIRROR

Lot 12: QUEEN ANNE-STYLE BLACK JAPANNED WALL MIRROR

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Description: The shaped mirror plate in conforming molded frame with gilt and polychrome decoration of birds, leaves and diaperwork; 47 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.

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THREE LOUIS XVI-STYLE CARVED, BLACK-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT CANE SEAT 'MONTGOLFIERE' SIDE CHAIRS

Lot 13: THREE LOUIS XVI-STYLE CARVED, BLACK-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT CANE SEAT 'MONTGOLFIERE' SIDE CHAIRS

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Description: Each with balloon-shaped back centering a pierced splat above a horseshoe seat over molded rails, on turned fluted legs surmounted by square blocks with rosettes; 36 1/4 x 19 x 18 3/4 in.

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TIM LOVEJOY (b.1943): STREET SCENE WITH FIGURE

Lot 14: TIM LOVEJOY (b.1943): STREET SCENE WITH FIGURE

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Description: Pastel on paper, signed and dated '99 lower left, framed; 25 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (sheet). Tim Lovejoy is part of the Hadlyme School.

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RÉGENCE-STYLE CARVED GILTWOOD THREE-LIGHT WALL SCONCE

Lot 15: RÉGENCE-STYLE CARVED GILTWOOD THREE-LIGHT WALL SCONCE

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Description: The baluster-form standard issuing three scrolling branches; 30 x 20 in.

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PETER HARRON (AMERICAN, 20TH C.):

Lot 16: PETER HARRON (AMERICAN, 20TH C.): "WHALE BONE COVE" AND STILL LIFE WITH ORCHIDS

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Description: Gelatin silver prints; cove print signed and dated '97 lower right, titled on verso, matted and framed; orchid print signed and dated lower right, numbered 7/20 lower left, matted and framed. Together with three black and white photographs by Dominick Dunne, mounted on board; Harron photographs 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. and 12 1/2 x 19 in. (sight). The photographs by Mr. Dunne were taken while he was traveling in Istanbul and Scotland in the 1960's.

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PAIR OF RATTAN LOW TABLES

Lot 17: PAIR OF RATTAN LOW TABLES

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Description: Each with rectangular top over stretcher shelf. Together with a green-painted rattan side table with three shelves and a bamboo square occasional table; pair 18 1/2 x 23 1/4 x 16 in.

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SET OF TEN CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN PLATES

Lot 19: SET OF TEN CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN PLATES

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Description: Each with scalloped edge, decorated with a bird on a ground of scrolling tendrils, leaves and flowers; 10 in. diam.

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BAMBOO THREE-PIECE PORCH SET

Lot 20: BAMBOO THREE-PIECE PORCH SET

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Description: Comprising a sofa and two armchairs. Together with a rattan end table; sofa 32 in. x 5 ft. 9 in. x 31 in.

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ASSORTED FICTON AND NON-FICTION BOOKS

Lot 21: ASSORTED FICTON AND NON-FICTION BOOKS

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Description: Including a set by John P. Marquard.

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PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT-STYLE PORCELAIN CANDLESTICKS

Lot 22: PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT-STYLE PORCELAIN CANDLESTICKS

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Description: In the Famille Verte taste, each with square tapering body decorated with armorial enclosed by floral and rocaille cartouche and festoons of flowers; 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.

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ASSORTED

Lot 23: ASSORTED "HOTEL FINDS"

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Description: Including ashtrays from Claridge's, The Ritz and Plaza Athénée, a Pickard porcelain bowl, a porcelain cream pitcher from Claridge's, a lucite cube from Ian Schrager Hotels and a glass coaster from The Ritz. Together with a cased set of three leather-bound notebooks, embossed "Vices," "Virtues" and "Vanities."

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AMERICAN SCHOOL (20TH C.): PORTRAIT OF DOMINICK DUNNE

Lot 24: AMERICAN SCHOOL (20TH C.): PORTRAIT OF DOMINICK DUNNE

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Description: Mixed media on paper collage, unsigned, matted and framed; 13 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. (sight).

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PAIR OF CHINESE RED LACQUER TABLES

Lot 25: PAIR OF CHINESE RED LACQUER TABLES

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Description: Each with round top over five dragon-form legs joined by a circular stretcher shelf; 24 in., 22 1/2 in. diam.

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TWO MOTTAHEDEH/VISTA ALEGRE CHINESE EXPORT-STYLE PORCELAIN PLATES

Lot 26: TWO MOTTAHEDEH/VISTA ALEGRE CHINESE EXPORT-STYLE PORCELAIN PLATES

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Description: Together with a Mottahedeh/Vista Alegre Chinese Export-style porcelain leaf-form dish, two Chinese blue and white porcelain bowls and a Chinese blue and white porcelain mug; each plate 9 in.

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FOUR CHINESE EXPORT ARMORIAL PORCELAIN TABLE ARTICLES

Lot 28: FOUR CHINESE EXPORT ARMORIAL PORCELAIN TABLE ARTICLES

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Description: Including a sauceboat, stand, plate and soup bowl, each with underglaze blue floral borders and polychrome and gilt armorial enclosed by cartouche surrounded by sprays of flowers; stand 10 1/4 x 6 3/4 in., soup bowl 1 1/2 in., 8 3/4 in. diam. These pieces were purchased in London in the 1960's by Mr. Dunne and his former wife, Lenny Griffin Dunne. They were later sold to Janet de Cordova, wife of Freddy de Cordova, producer of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. At some point the pieces were given back to Mr. Dunne.

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MISCELLANEOUS FLATWARE

Lot 29: MISCELLANEOUS FLATWARE

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Description: Including thirty-two assembled English knives with faux ivory handles, four forks, eighteen Oneida silverplate forks, eight Italian silverplate knives and eight matching forks.

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VAL ST. LAMBERT GLASS GAVEL WITH SPIRAL-FLUTED HANDLE AND TWO WOOD GAVELS
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CONTINENTAL OAK AND MARQUETRY GAMES TABLE

Lot 31: CONTINENTAL OAK AND MARQUETRY GAMES TABLE

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Description: The shaped top decorated with conch shell in oval reserve enclosed by flowering urns, with hinged leaf, over string-inlaid apron, on square tapering legs terminating in spade feet; 30 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 19 in.

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PAIR OF GEORGE III-STYLE MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS MONOGRAMMED

Lot 32: PAIR OF GEORGE III-STYLE MAHOGANY HALL CHAIRS MONOGRAMMED "DD"

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Description: Each with shaped back with gilt monogram in round reserve, above shaped seat over fluted rails, on square tapering reeded legs; 42 x 19 x 20 in.

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PAIR OF SPANISH COLONIAL-STYLE PARCEL-GILT AND PAINTED WALL MIRRORS

Lot 33: PAIR OF SPANISH COLONIAL-STYLE PARCEL-GILT AND PAINTED WALL MIRRORS

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Description: Each with center rectangular mirror plate enclosed by triangular mirror plates, the frame carved with scrolling leaves; 29 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.

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CAMILLE BOMBOIS (FRENCH, 1883-1970):

Lot 34: CAMILLE BOMBOIS (FRENCH, 1883-1970): "LA MARNE"

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Description: Oil on canvas, signed lower right, verso with label of Niveau Gallery, New York, framed; 10 x 13 1/2 in.

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THREE SILVERPLATE BIRD FIGURES

Lot 35: THREE SILVERPLATE BIRD FIGURES

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Description: 4 x 5 in.

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SET OF SEVEN CHIPPENDALE-STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS

Lot 36: SET OF SEVEN CHIPPENDALE-STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS

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Description: Comprising six side chairs and an armchair, each with serpentine crest rail over pierced and interlaced splat flanked by flared stiles above trapezoidal slip seat, on straight square legs joined by an H-stretcher; side chairs 40 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. Mr. Dunne inherited these chairs from his parents in West Hartford, CT. The needlepoint seats were worked by Dominick's mother, Dorothy Frances (nee Burns).

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CARICATURE OF DOMINICK DUNNE

Lot 37: CARICATURE OF DOMINICK DUNNE

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Description: Unsigned. Together with a caricature of Claus Van Bulow, signed Marc, inscribed on verso "To Nick, a present for the John to remind you of a Claus encounter with the worst kind...Merry Christmas 1985...in love and admiration, Tina"; larger 22 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. The caricature of Claus von Bulow was given to Mr. Dunne by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair. It hung in the downstairs bathroom of Cloud House in Hadlyme, CT.

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HARDWOOD MODEL OF A SPIRAL STAIRCASE, MODERN

Lot 38: HARDWOOD MODEL OF A SPIRAL STAIRCASE, MODERN

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Description: 24 1/4 in., 14 in. diam.

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AMERICAN CLASSICAL PAINTED AND GILT DECORATED CHILD'S SIDE CHAIR, BALTIMORE, MD

Lot 39: AMERICAN CLASSICAL PAINTED AND GILT DECORATED CHILD'S SIDE CHAIR, BALTIMORE, MD

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Description: The tablet crest rail decorated with scrolling leaves centering a lyre, over turned stiles flanking a rail with leaves, above a trapezoidal cane seat, on turned legs joined by stretchers; 25 1/2 x 16 3/4 x 16 1/2 in.

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PAIR OF CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN JARDINIÈRES

Lot 40: PAIR OF CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN JARDINIÈRES

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Description: Labeled "Made in China"; 12 in., 14 1/2 in. diam.

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FOUR MANUSCRIPT COPIES OF DOMINICK DUNNE'S

Lot 41: FOUR MANUSCRIPT COPIES OF DOMINICK DUNNE'S "A SOLO ACT"

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Description: FOUR MANUSCRIPT COPIES OF DOMINICK DUNNE'S "A SOLO ACT"

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REGENCY-STYLE MAHOGANY LOW TABLE AND A FRENCH PROVINCIAL-STYLE WALNUT END TABLE

Lot 42: REGENCY-STYLE MAHOGANY LOW TABLE AND A FRENCH PROVINCIAL-STYLE WALNUT END TABLE

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Description: The low table with oval top over two baluster supports rising from reeded saber legs terminating in brass paw feet; the end table with rectangular molded top with rounded corners over shaped apron fitted with drawer, on cabriole legs; low table 24 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 18 1/4 in.

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TIFFANY & CO. STERLING SILVER BOWL

Lot 43: TIFFANY & CO. STERLING SILVER BOWL

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Description: Bearing engraved inscription "The New England Society/In the City of New York/Reginald T. Townsend Award/1989/Dominick Dunne." Together with an inscribed sterling silver ashtray and a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver salver with scalloped border; salver 12 1/2 in. diam.

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PAIR OF GREEN-PAINTED WROUGHT-IRON GARDEN ARMCHAIRS

Lot 44: PAIR OF GREEN-PAINTED WROUGHT-IRON GARDEN ARMCHAIRS

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Description: 30 1/2 x 30 in. The pair was purchased in the 1960's for Mr. Dunne's Beverly Hills home.

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TWO ENGLISH BRASS TRIVETS

Lot 45: TWO ENGLISH BRASS TRIVETS

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Description: Tallest 13 1/2 x 13 x 12 3/4 in.

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GEORGE II-STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR

Lot 46: GEORGE II-STYLE CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR

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Description: The rocaille and leaf-carved yoke crest rail over vase-shaped splat above needlework-upholstered slip seat over shaped front rail, on rocaille and leaf-carved cabriole legs terminating in claw-and-ball feet. Together with a set of George III-style inlaid mahogany bed steps and a George III-style mahogany canterbury; chair 40 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 20 3/4 in., canterbury 19 1/4 x 19 x 13 in., bed steps 14 x 17 3/4 x 14 in.

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PAIR OF ENGLISH VICTORIAN ELIZABETHAN REVIVAL FIGURED MAPLE VELVET-UPHOLSTERED RECEPTION CHAIRS

Lot 47: PAIR OF ENGLISH VICTORIAN ELIZABETHAN REVIVAL FIGURED MAPLE VELVET-UPHOLSTERED RECEPTION CHAIRS

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Description: Each with shaped crest centering shell over deep-buttoned panel flanked by lotus-carved turned stiles surmounted by finials, above overupholstered seat, on turned legs; 42 1/2 x 22 x 25 in.

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20TH C. SCHOOL: STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT, FLOWERS, BIRD AND DOG

Lot 48: 20TH C. SCHOOL: STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT, FLOWERS, BIRD AND DOG

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Description: Gouache on paper, unsigned, framed. Together with an oil on canvas still life with pear and an oil on canvas coastal scene after Troubetzkoy; 32 1/2 x 26 3/4 in. (sight).

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ASSORTED EPHEMERA AND FRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS OF CELEBRITY FRIENDS

Lot 49: ASSORTED EPHEMERA AND FRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS OF CELEBRITY FRIENDS

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Description: Photographs include those of Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret at the party on Mustique given by Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner, from the Vanity Fair article by Mr. Dunne, and a photograph of Baroness Carmen "Tita" Thyssen Bornemisza from an article by Mr. Dunne. Together with a mock Enquirer Magazine cover to celebrate Dominick Dunne's 70th birthday.

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DIRECTOIRE-STYLE PATINATED METAL CENTER TABLE

Lot 50: DIRECTOIRE-STYLE PATINATED METAL CENTER TABLE

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Description: The round glass top over three swan-form legs joined by a concave-sided triangular stretcher; 29 3/4 in., 38 in. diam.

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