Rare museum quality Kangxi period Tibetan scholar's lift top scroll chest. Late 17th to early 18th century. Exquisitely hand painted front panel depicts a magnificent writhing dragon amid blue and green clouds on a red orange ground; the side panels are in tiger pelt motif. All original including the hand wrought iron hardware. It measures 41 inches high by 58 inches wide by 19.5 inches deep. This is one of the most stunning examples of Chinese painted furniture we have ever seen. For a related example, please see Chinese Furniture by Michel Beurdeley, published by Kodansha International, 1979, plate 152.
Early northern European carved oak document box. Swedish or German, circa 1720. Scalloped steel mounts, hand-forged nails with original leather nail pads, and low turned feet. Lovely condition. All original including the key. There is an old inventory number on the base. Measures 18.25" wide, 12.5" deep, and 10" high.
Jennie Burr with her teacher, oil on canvas, circa 1880. Excellent condition. Canvas measures 24 x 32 inches,and frame measures 28 x 36 inches. Fannie Burr (1858-1931) was born into Monroe, CT's most prominent family. Her father was a very successful farmer. She attended and graduated from Mt Holyoke College and the Yale School of Fine Arts, and studied at the Art Students League in NYC. These accomplishments were very rare for a young woman in those days. She is isted in Who Was Who in American Art by Peter Falk. Her work was exhibited at the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. A catalogue of her work was produced by The Connecticut Gallery, Inc. This painting was acquired directly from an heir to the estate.
16th century Franco Flemish tapestry section. Romantic scene of two musicians on a decorated balcony with a parrot perched on the balustrade. Measures approximately 75.5 inches high x 56.5 inches wide. Good condition with an old silk backing. There is light fading and some separation here and there in the fabric, which is typical for tapestries from this period.
Victorian side chair pierce carved from solid rosewood c1860 in the style of John Henry Belter. Unusual back designed with a pair of columns entwined with scrolls ending in a floral crest. Seat upholstered in Stroheim and Roman woven jacquard. Measurements: 40 H to back; 18.5 H to (crowned) seat; 16 W at back; 16.75 W at seat; 19.5 W at knees; 17.5 D at seat; and 23.75 D overall. Superb condition.