Dutch Colonial Satinwood Ebony Cabinet
Material Culture’s September Estate Auction, sub-titled “Antiques, Collectibles, Fine and Decorative Arts,” heralds the fall with promise of more amazing deals and spectacular artifacts up for auction. The auction commences at 11 AM on Sunday, September 23. With items in all price ranges, both sale fanatics and those entirely new to auctions are invited to experience the thrill of bidding, and the joy of walking away with bargains. The auction catalogue is available at liveauctioneers.com, where anyone with access to the internet can bid on lots in real time.
A substantial portion of the auction comes from an estate collection of colonial furniture—largely British, Dutch and Portuguese—manufactured in India, Ceylon and Southeast Asia. Highlights include a Dutch colonial cabinet of fine satinwood and contrasting ebony, with decorative ceramic knobs, made in Sri Lanka circa 1800, and a 19th century British colonial starburst mahogany cabinet, with five drawers. Both cabinets are in excellent condition, and are valued at $1,500-$2,500, as part of a rich offering of twenty cabinets of similar significance. Other exemplary items of colonial furniture include a 19th century British Colonial rosewood chaise longue with curved ends and a woven caned seat, in excellent condition, expected to sell for $800-$1,200, and a 19th century British or Dutch colonial blanket chest, also in superb condition, worth $1,500-$2,500. This outstanding group of artifacts, the culmination of decades of collecting, also includes a fantastic selection of 16-19th century architectural pieces in stone and wood, such as a Mughal Empire (1526-1757) relief with deep, floriate carving, valued at $300-$600, and a Mughal carved stone capital from northern India, worth $200-$400, along with other carvings of related interest.