Rococo Revival Duchesse Top Victorian Lot
NEW ORLEANS – Quite a nice selection of elegant Victorian items were offered at the September 26 and 27 event held by New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery, Inc.. Unfortunately, many of these special pieces did not sell. However, those that did find new owners saw strong interest.
The piece of Victorian furniture that caused the most stir was the fine American Rococo Revival rosewood and marble-top Duchesse (81½ ” h, 49½” w, 23½” d) attributed to Alexander Roux, New York. In fine overall condition and wearing a beautiful rich finish which appeared to be original, this piece also sported its original white dished marble top raised on cabriole legs with floral-carved knees. The upper section of the Duchesse consisted of an oval mirror with a pierced and floral-carved harp. Structurally sound overall, this Duchesse made $10,800. Prices include buyer’s premium that varies based on method of payment, but is generally 20 percent.
An American Renaissance Revival double-pedestal desk from the third quarter of the 19th century sold for $3,120. Measuring 31½” h, 54½” w, 34½” d, the desk was constructed of walnut and burled walnut. It also had an inset leather top with a gilt Greek-key pattern around the perimeter set in a burlwood frame. Adding to the piece’s overall appeal was its apron with burled panels found on three sides and a front with a band of three burled faced drawers. These were supported by a pair of pedestals – one having a door with a burled panel; the other with a bank of three drawers. The back and sides of the desk also wore burled panels.
Finally, an American Neo-Grec marquetry inlaid, gilt-incised, ebonized center table was taken to $2,400. This late 19th century table had a top centered by an inlaid trophy panel and a shaped apron which was centered by rondels and flanked by gilt-incised panels. All was raised on segmented legs joined by a stretcher centered by a turned finial. The table measured 31” h, 43” w, and 27½” d.
St. Charles Gallery, Inc’s next event will take place November 21 and 22. For more information visit their website at www.stcharlesgallery.com