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Premier Auction - Session I | November 11, 2022

Fri, Nov 11, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 573

Pair of Venetian Baroque Polychromed Open Armchairs

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Italian, 18th century, each with interlaced back and scrolled arms, serpentine seats with shell and rocaille carving, gilt overall with painted floral highlights, seats appear to retain their original under upholstery, walnut frames, 39-1/2 x 23-1/2 x 19 in.

Provenance: These furniture objects are being offered by direct descendants of prominent New York families from the American Gilded Age. Charles and Gustavia Senff, of New York City and Whitestone, NY, were involved in the sugar refining business and collected fine furnishings and artwork. The Senff collection of fine art was sold in 1928, and included works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Corot, Franz Hols, Velazquez, Clays and Hobbema. The Senffs gifted part of this furniture group to Warren and Catherine Havemeyer Harriot, who then expanded the collection after a trip to Venice on The Grand Tour.


scattered losses to surface decoration overall, scattered minor pest damage, mismatched upholstery badly worn and stained, minor separations at some joints, including joint of crest to one rear stile

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