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Auction Description for Sotheby's: The Collection of Gianni Versace: New York

The Collection of Gianni Versace: New York

by Sotheby's


486 lots | 472 with images

May 21, 2005

1334 York Avenue

at 72nd Street

New York, NY, 10021 USA

Phone: 00 1 212 606 7000

Fax: 0141 204 2502

Email: info@sothebys.com

A PAIR OF NEOCLASSICAL STYLE GREY MARBLE URNS AND COVERS MODERN

Lot 1: A PAIR OF NEOCLASSICAL STYLE GREY MARBLE URNS AND COVERS MODERN

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Description: Together with a pair of marble pedestals. 4 pieces.

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AN ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD SETTEE CIRCA 1810

Lot 2: AN ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD SETTEE CIRCA 1810

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Description: Together with two gilt brocade Versace throw pillows. 3 pieces.PROVENANCESold, Christie's New York, March 21, 1996, lot 7CATALOGUE NOTEA matching pair of side chairs was sold, Christie's New York, March 21, 1996, lot 72, illustrated. An identical pair of armchairs, formerly in the collection of the late Vincent Fourcade, was offered for sale, Sotheby's New York, October 14, 1988, lot 57, illustrated. Another pair of armchairs with plain top rail but identical armrests and lion-carved supports was with Galerie Ariane Dandois, Paris, illustrated, M. Deschamps, Empire, New York, 1994, p. 110. The latter pair was said to be after a drawing by the architect Bernard Poyet. Deschamps also cites a similar armchair now in the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, formerly belonging to the President of the Assemblée.The design of a winged lion of Assyrian inspiration is frequently found in the designs of Percier and Fontaine, e.g. on a table designed for Citoyen V's bedroom, and supporting a desk made for Monsieur V in Paris, reproduced, Percier and Fontaine, Empire Stylebook of Interior Design, Dover Edition, 1991, pls. 17 and 32. These designs were reproduced throughout Europe, particularly in Italy where many variations are recorded. The construction of the present lot and the woods employed suggest that it is more than likely of Italian manufacture.

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A VIENNA ORMOLU-MOUNTED LARGE URN THE PORCELAIN 1826, THE DECORATION POSSIBLY SLIGHTLY LATER

Lot 4: A VIENNA ORMOLU-MOUNTED LARGE URN THE PORCELAIN 1826, THE DECORATION POSSIBLY SLIGHTLY LATER

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Description: painted with a frieze of named classical figures within silvered and gilt borders, set with ormolu foliate handles, shield mark in underglaze-blue, impressed 826 and 25. Some chips.

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