A week or so ago I teased you by revealing three of my top 10 lot selections for the upcoming Heritage Auctions Fine & Decorative Arts event. Well, patient luxe lovers.... today is the day I share the rest of those incredible finds with you. From glistening necklaces to an ebonized Louis XV table with incredible gilt accents (I die!), these pieces will most certainly make your heart skip a beat and perhaps encourage you to raise your paddle (virtual or real) later this month. The event takes place September 13-14th here in Dallas, but like all modern conveniences you can always bid online.
Ready...? Here are my delicious ten lots:
Pair Regence Style Gilt Mirrors
Anything Regence-style considers serious consideration. Finding perfect pairs of items is even better. These oversized gilt mirrors would look fantastic flanking a tall étagère over a pair of demilunes or over bedside tables in a master bedroom.
Toulouse-Lautrec Framed Lithograph
The art lover in me fell for this Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec lithograph instantly. Like owning one of Picasso's studies or Leonardo's ink-drawn engineering illustrations, this silver-framed mixed medium work is an instant conversation starter for your gallery wall.
Pair Louis XV Gilt Tables with Marble Tops
The graceful lines of Louis XV styling is all here: the sinewy cabriole legs, the detailed apron and the scroll feet. Finding such a striking pair of tables with perfect marble tops is pure auction magic.
19th c Gilt Bronze French Figural Sculpture of Roman Decurion on horseback
Historical sculpture has long been a passion of mine. This regal gilt bronze figural is a prime example of why this artform withstands the test of time. A Roman Decurion on horseback adorned in his battle finery is shown in great lifelike detail, emphasized even more by the lustrous gold finish.
Gilt Baroque Sconces
There's not a designer around who could pass these beauties up. Every intricate detail of the meandering foliage & Baroque style faces says "Arch Digest portfolio feature" to me. This lovely pair could easily flank an interior doorway or entryway mirror for grand effect.
Gilt Wood Convex Wall Mirror
Who doesn't love a gilt convex mirror? This one is a bit whimsical with a deer nestled amongst an oak leaf furl, but I love it nonetheless. The beautifully aged finish offers character and much needed patina to this spectacular piece.
Aquamarine & Diamond Ring
This beautiful cocktail ring features a 16 carat aquamarine stone within a diamond and 14k white gold setting. It is stunning and will not be missed on your manicured fingers! For me it's the sophisticated styling and tasteful design that makes this ring special.
Pair of Italian Marble & Gilt Urns
I'll admit to having a weakness for lidded urns. This pair of Italian marble & gilt urns circa 1900 are remarkable in both scale and materials. Floral swags, acorn finials and grotesques in dramatic headdresses makes these an auction-goer's fantasy.
Gilt & Bronze Ebonized Wood Console
This is everything I love in Louis XVI furniture. A demilune in black and gold with an egg and dart frieze? It's pure French furniture goodness. The details on this magnificent specimen don't end there. The pierced stretcher is a thing of beauty connecting the tapered legs & gilt feet. This piece does show some age, which only makes it more desirable in my opinion. It is without question an exceptional piece.
Emerald & Diamond Necklace
23 carats of shimmering goodness. This remarkable emerald and diamond necklace is elegant without being ostentatious. Oval cut emeralds and full-cut diamonds are perfectly set, making this exquisite piece of jewelry a remarkable gift for a remarkable woman.
Aren't they lovely? I think so. Frankly it was quite a challenge to whittle it down to only ten finds. Next week on September 9th I'll be attending the preview reception for these (and all of the other) items for this event. Stay tuned to my Instagram stream for up close looks at these magnificent finds. Also... I'll be interviewing a few seasoned auction attendees for their tips and tricks as well as solid auction etiquette tips to help you avoid looking like a newbie. Stay tuned!