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Featuring an important 18k/22k gold dresser set by Norwegian goldsmith H. Moller; Empire style and Continental furniture and accessories from a Miami collection; silver including Buccellati flatware, sets of Christofle flatware and plates; early English Delft, including wine jugs and posset pots; a curated library of leather bound books; fine art including Albert Rieger, Mark Lijftogt, Solari, Old Master Portraits, John Riley, John Jackson, Wm. Daniell after George Dance, P. Sandby; sculptures by or after Rodin, Giambologna, Allouard, Charpentier Coysevox, Goujon, and others
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Lot 56

Three Important Norwegian Henrik Møller Dragestil Viking Revival 18 kt. Yellow Gold Dresser Pieces

Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000
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early 20th century, Arts and Crafts Dragestil style decoration, elaborate Viking imagery, interlaced strapwork designs with dragons and monsters, brushes with harvesting scene and boars including lidded jar, inscription on base, translated in Norwegian "The Goddess Frigga Mother to - innocence and purity - God the shining Balder - The Goddess Fulla carries her box and GNA - stands always ready with Hofvarpnir to carry out her errands", marked on base marked "H. Møller/Trondhjem/750", 349.6 grams, 3-3/4 x 4 in.; hand brush with inscription on handle translated "Until/Beauty/killed/Mankind/the Golden Brush/with the shining/Gold Bristle/Gods Treasures/as guardian/forges", marked "H. Møller 18 ct. Trondhjem", 159.8 grams (with bristles removed, handle hollow), 7-1/2 in.; clothing brush with inscription around rim, marked "H. Møller 18 ct. Trondhjem", 96.0 grams (with bristles removed), 6-1/2 in. 

Provenance: Brunk Auction, September 14, 2018, lot 709 and September 15, 2012, lot 185; Private Collection

Note: Norwegian silversmith Henrik Møller (1858-1937) was from a fourth generation family of jewelers who moved to Trondheim in 1770. Henrik started his apprenticeship at the age of 14 in the family workshop. He traveled and studied in Copenhagen, Vienna, and New York. He later returned to Trondheim and opened his shop in 1900, and was a major proponent of Dragestil (Dragon Style), a Norse Revival style of the Arts & Crafts period that used Viking era and early Medieval motifs. Much of his work was influenced by the architecture of Trondheim. Henrik catered to royalty, industrialists, and wealthy tourists prior to World War I, including Andrew Carnegie, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and King Chulalongkorn of Siam, now Thailand.

Examples of Henrik Møller works can be found in Kunstindustrimuseet (Museum of Art) in Oslo and the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim. 

For similar examples at auction in silver see Christie's online auction 20673, New York, April 5, 2022, lot 68, sold for $88,200 and Christie's auction 17423, August 22, 2019, New York, lot 108.

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Brunk Auction, September 14, 2018, lot 709 and September 15, 2012, lot 185; Private Collection

very good condition, hand brush missing one screw, with minor wear