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  • William Stuart Thornton (b. 1946): Gunnera Chilengsis
    Estimate
    $2,000 - $4,000
    Lot 1

    William Stuart Thornton (b. 1946): Gunnera Chilengsis

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • Fine German Rococo Glass Beadwork Table Top, Johann Michael van Selow, Braunschweig
    Estimate
    $8,000 - $12,000
    Lot 2

    Fine German Rococo Glass Beadwork Table Top, Johann Mic...

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    $8,000 - $12,000
  • William Stuart Thornton (b. 1946): Hydrangeaceae, Hilia
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    $1,200 - $1,800
    Lot 3

    William Stuart Thornton (b. 1946): Hydrangeaceae, Hilia...

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    $1,200 - $1,800
  • Unusual Anglo-Indian Highly Carved Ebony Table
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    $2,000 - $3,000
    Lot 4

    Unusual Anglo-Indian Highly Carved Ebony Table

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • Unusual Anglo-Indian Floral Carved Ebony Mirror, Probably Ceylon
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    $1,000 - $2,000
    Lot 5

    Unusual Anglo-Indian Floral Carved Ebony Mirror, Probab...

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • Louis XVI Style Gilt-Metal-Mounted Ebonized Low Table, Modern
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    $2,000 - $3,000
    Lot 6

    Louis XVI Style Gilt-Metal-Mounted Ebonized Low Table, ...

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • Group of Four Tôle Peinte Floral Groups
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    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 7

    Group of Four Tôle Peinte Floral Groups

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Josef Frank (1885-1967) "Flora" Printed Paper and Mahogany Chest of Drawers
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    $15,000 - $30,000
    Lot 8

    Josef Frank (1885-1967) "Flora" Printed Paper and Mahog...

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    $15,000 - $30,000
  • Pair of French Tôle Peinte Urns Containing Tôle Peinte Floral Plants, Fitted into Marble Urns
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    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 9

    Pair of French Tôle Peinte Urns Containing Tôle Peinte ...

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Lapis Lazuli Jardinières
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    $2,000 - $4,000
    Lot 10

    Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Lapis Lazu...

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • German Neoclassical Brass-Mounted Mahogany and Parcel-Gilt Regulateur
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    $1,500 - $3,000
    Lot 11

    German Neoclassical Brass-Mounted Mahogany and Parcel-G...

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    $1,500 - $3,000
  • Fine Louis XVI Style Ormolu-Mounted Porphyry Basin, Possibly Italian
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    $3,000 - $5,000
    Lot 12

    Fine Louis XVI Style Ormolu-Mounted Porphyry Basin, Pos...

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    $3,000 - $5,000
  • English Baroque Style Petite Point Needlework Panel
    Estimate
    $600 - $800
    Lot 13

    English Baroque Style Petite Point Needlework Panel

    Est.
    $600 - $800
  • Josef Frank (1885-1967) "Flora" Printed Paper and Painted Hanging Cabinet
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    $2,500 - $4,500
    Lot 14

    Josef Frank (1885-1967) "Flora" Printed Paper and Paint...

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    $2,500 - $4,500
  • Pair of Botanical Watercolors
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    $400 - $600
    Lot 15

    Pair of Botanical Watercolors

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    $400 - $600
  • Louis XVI White Painted Tabouret, Stamped with a Tuileries Marque en Feu
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    $1,000 - $1,500
    Lot 16

    Louis XVI White Painted Tabouret, Stamped with a Tuiler...

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • Fine Regency Painted and Parcel-Gilt Convex Overmantle Mirror, by Thomas Fentham
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    $1,500 - $2,500
    Lot 17

    Fine Regency Painted and Parcel-Gilt Convex Overmantle ...

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    $1,500 - $2,500
  • Louis XVI Style Grey Painted Dog Bed
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    $1,200 - $1,800
    Lot 18

    Louis XVI Style Grey Painted Dog Bed

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    $1,200 - $1,800
  • Sheila Gray Gilt-Metal-Mounted Silvered-Metal Cabbage Form Tureen and Cover
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    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 19

    Sheila Gray Gilt-Metal-Mounted Silvered-Metal Cabbage F...

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Fine German Rococo Glass Beadwork and Dark Green Painted Center Table, Johann Michael van Selow, Braunschweig
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    $5,000 - $10,000
    Lot 20

    Fine German Rococo Glass Beadwork and Dark Green Painte...

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    $5,000 - $10,000
  • Mottahedeh Trompe L'Oeil Porcelain Soup Tureen and Under Plate
    Estimate
    $500 - $700
    Lot 21

    Mottahedeh Trompe L'Oeil Porcelain Soup Tureen and Unde...

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    $500 - $700
  • Victorian Faux Bois Painted and Stenciled Desk
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    $600 - $800
    Lot 22

    Victorian Faux Bois Painted and Stenciled Desk

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    $600 - $800
  • Pair of English Trunk-Form Glazed Pottery Planters
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    $1,000 - $2,000
    Lot 23

    Pair of English Trunk-Form Glazed Pottery Planters

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • Chinese Brass-Mounted Stained Hardwood Fretwork Bar
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    $1,000 - $1,500
    Lot 24

    Chinese Brass-Mounted Stained Hardwood Fretwork Bar

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • Swedish Flatweave Carpet
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    $700 - $900
    Lot 25

    Swedish Flatweave Carpet

    Est.
    $700 - $900
  • Pair of Modern Danish Teak Drop-Leaf Side Tables, Hans Wegner
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 26

    Pair of Modern Danish Teak Drop-Leaf Side Tables, Hans ...

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Fine Swedish Flatweave Carpet, signed Märta Måås-Fjetterström and BH
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    $2,000 - $4,000
    Lot 27

    Fine Swedish Flatweave Carpet, signed Märta Måås-Fjette...

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  •  Octavianus Monfort (1646-1696): Natura morta di frutta: A Pair
    Estimate
    $6,000 - $9,000
    Lot 28

    Octavianus Monfort (1646-1696): Natura morta di frutta...

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    $6,000 - $9,000
  • Louis XIV Provincial Walnut Canapé à L'Oreille
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    $1,500 - $2,500
    Lot 29

    Louis XIV Provincial Walnut Canapé à L'Oreille

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    $1,500 - $2,500
  • Octavianus Monfort (1646-1696):  Natura morta di frutta: A Group of Four
    Estimate
    $4,000 - $8,000
    Lot 30

    Octavianus Monfort (1646-1696): Natura morta di frutta...

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    $4,000 - $8,000
  • Pair of Chinese Celadon Crackle Glazed Porcelain Lamps, with Chinoiserie Painted Paper Shades
    Estimate
    $1,000 - $1,500
    Lot 31

    Pair of Chinese Celadon Crackle Glazed Porcelain Lamps,...

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • Pair of English Painted Composition Chinese Nodding Head Figures
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    $3,000 - $5,000
    Lot 32

    Pair of English Painted Composition Chinese Nodding Hea...

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    $3,000 - $5,000
  • Pair of French Tôle Peinte Pineapple-Shaped Wall Lights
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    $1,500 - $3,000
    Lot 33

    Pair of French Tôle Peinte Pineapple-Shaped Wall Lights...

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    $1,500 - $3,000
  • English Upholstered Club Chair, Howard & Co.
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 34

    English Upholstered Club Chair, Howard & Co.

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Two French Trompe L'oeil Pattern Plates with Vegetables, Christine Viennet
    Estimate
    $300 - $500
    Lot 35

    Two French Trompe L'oeil Pattern Plates with Vegetables...

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    $300 - $500
  • Victorian Mahogany and Tufted Upholstered Chaise Lounge
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 36

    Victorian Mahogany and Tufted Upholstered Chaise Lounge...

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    $800 - $1,200
  • European School: Four Botanicals
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    $600 - $900
    Lot 37

    European School: Four Botanicals

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    $600 - $900
  • Three Sets of French Green and Cream Linen Toile Curtains, Le Manach
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 38

    Three Sets of French Green and Cream Linen Toile Curtai...

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Linen Upholstered Wing Chair
    Estimate
    $400 - $600
    Lot 39

    Linen Upholstered Wing Chair

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    $400 - $600
  • Modern Teak Trapezoidal Swivel Bookcase, Designed by Alexis de la Falaise
    Estimate
    $1,500 - $2,500
    Lot 40

    Modern Teak Trapezoidal Swivel Bookcase, Designed by Al...

    Est.
    $1,500 - $2,500
  • Pair of Woven Reed and Chintz Upholstered Wing Chairs
    Estimate
    $1,000 - $1,500
    Lot 41

    Pair of Woven Reed and Chintz Upholstered Wing Chairs

    Est.
    $1,000 - $1,500
  • Modern Brass-Mounted Teak Bench
    Estimate
    $700 - $900
    Lot 42

    Modern Brass-Mounted Teak Bench

    Est.
    $700 - $900
  • French Provincial Mahogany Child's High Chair
    Estimate
    $400 - $600
    Lot 43

    French Provincial Mahogany Child's High Chair

    Est.
    $400 - $600
  • Pair of Painted Wrought-Iron and Gil-Metal Bird-in-Tree Candlesticks
    Estimate
    $400 - $800
    Lot 44

    Pair of Painted Wrought-Iron and Gil-Metal Bird-in-Tree...

    Est.
    $400 - $800
  • Edwardian Fruitwood and Caned Chaise Lounge
    Estimate
    $700 - $900
    Lot 45

    Edwardian Fruitwood and Caned Chaise Lounge

    Est.
    $700 - $900
  • Victorian Mahogany Gentleman's Wash Stand
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 46

    Victorian Mahogany Gentleman's Wash Stand

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Regency Mahogany Linen Press, Probably Irish
    Estimate
    $2,500 - $3,500
    Lot 47

    Regency Mahogany Linen Press, Probably Irish

    Est.
    $2,500 - $3,500
  • Regency Mahogany and Caned Desk Chair
    Estimate
    $500 - $700
    Lot 48

    Regency Mahogany and Caned Desk Chair

    Est.
    $500 - $700

Auction Description

The Collection of Mrs. John Gutfreund, Murray House, Villanova, PA by Stair
On March 23rd we are delighted to offer for sale property from Murray House, the finely decorated late Federal estate of Mrs. John Gutfreund, Villanova, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Gutfreund spent years accumulating the rich collection that graced the beautiful bones of her fieldstone house, sifting through local country auctions and yard sales and raising a paddle at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Her collection reflects the warm, cozy and eclectic home she created, combining 18th century French furniture with modern pieces like English upholstered chairs from Howard & Co. A Francophile at heart, Mrs. Gutfreund shared the Henri Samuel-decorated Hôtel d’Orrouer with neighbor Hubert de Givenchy in Paris for many years. Some of the pieces from her Paris apartment are highlights in this auction, including an early Louis XV Chaise Lounge, a Napoleon III Fire Screen, a Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Marble Mantle Clock and a Modern Blue and White Flatweave Carpet. Other highlights are a rare group of German Glass Beadwork Table Tops, designed by Johann Michael van Selow of Braunschweig and pressed botanicals created by Gianni Agnelli’s Scottish butler, Stuart Thornton. Mrs. Gutfreund’s notoriously good sense of humor was on full display when she placed an enormous life-size bronze crocodile in the entrance foyer at Murray House to “greet” guests as they walked through the front door. Along with her husband, John, Mrs. Gutfreund collected a small group of Americana while spending weekends on Nantucket, including two works by Thomas Willis, a selection of hooked and woven rugs, and a large group of silhouettes. The dining room at Murray House was beautifully furnished with upholstered walls by Le Manach, complemented by an Italian porcelain sunflower dinner service from the Aldobrandini family, and a pair of colorful Chinese Knodding Head Figures. Mrs. Gutfreund collected a magical mix of European furniture, decorations and Americana, creating a comfortable and stylish country retreat where she entertained her neighbors and the haute monde alike. Read more
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