NEW YORK, NY.- Lark Mason Associates sale of French Furniture and Decorative Arts from a prominent New York collector is now live on igavelauctions.com. The sale, which closes on January 26th, consists of just under 50 select lots of French furniture, Chinese tomb pottery, and decorative arts. The collection which was housed in an elegant apartment designed by a well-known Washington DC-based interior designer includes a fine pair of Louis XVI Tulipwood Marquetry corner cabinets, made by Pierre Roussel (Estimate: $15,000-25,000), and a Louis XVI Mahogany and Inlaid Tulipwood Wood Desk (Estimate: $2,000-3,000). Among the superb Chinese tomb pottery wares are a pair of Tang Dynasty Chinese painted pottery Lokapala (Estimate: $7,000-10,000) and a large Chinese pottery prancing horse, Sichuan Provence, Han Dynasty (Estimate: $5,000-8,000).

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Lot 5916878: Pair of Louis XVI Tulipwood Marquetry and Puddingstone Marble Corner Cabinets, by Pierre Roussel, 18th century; Height: 36 inches, Width: 27 inches, Depth: 18 inches. Estimate: $15,000-25,000© 2021 iGavel. 

Ormolu-mounted, and with ornate stained and inlaid village scenes; stamped 'P. Roussel'.

Provenance: Originally Purchased from Dalva Brothers, Inc, New York
ex-Collection The Cleveland Museum
ex-Collection Elizabeth Severence Prentiss
ex-Collection The Duke of Rapaida.

Note: A comparable pair is included in the book 'Roussel, a Dynasty of Important Cabinetmakers in the 18th Century' by Francois Quere, page 184.

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Lot 5916889: French Louis XVI Mahogany and Inlaid Tulipwood Wood Desk; Height: 32 inches, Width: 43 inches, Depth: 24 inches. Estimate: $2,000-3,000© 2021 iGavel. 

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Lot 5916871: Pair of Chinese Painted Pottery Lokapala, Tang Dynasty (618-907); Height: 34 1/2 inchesEstimate: $7,000-10,000.© 2021 iGavel. 

Oxford Thermoluminescence test C207f4 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Provenance: with a purchase certificate dated 2007 from Empyrean Chinese Antiques.

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Lot 5916864: Large Chinese Pottery Prancing Horse, Sichuan Province, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD); Height: 49 inches. Estimate $5000-8000© 2021 iGavel. 

Oxford Thermoluminescence Analysis Report sample C105j13 is consistent with the dating of this lot; this lot comes with a built crate.

Provenance: with a certificate dated 2007 from Empyrean Fine Chinese Antiques, Hong Kong.

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Lot 5916870: Large Chinese Pottery Walking Horse, Sichuan Province, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD); Height: 49 inches. Estimate $5000-8000© 2021 iGavel. 

Oxford Thermoluminescence Analysis Report sample C106q41 is consistent with the dating of this lot; this lot comes with a built crate.

Provenance: with a certificate dated 2007 from Empyrean Fine Chinese Antiques, Hong Kong.

This sale is an eclectic blend of French furniture and Chinese decorative arts that reflects the taste and connoisseurship of a sophisticated collector,” says Niki Tiliakos, who oversees the sale. “Estimates are very accessible for such an excellent range of items.”

Among some of the other notable offerings are an elaborately carved mahogany Steinway & Sons custom Tudor-style grand piano and bench, 1911 (Estimate: $20,000-30,000),  two large Chinese green and amber glazed and painted pottery figures of Officials, Ming Dynasty (Estimate: $1,500-3,000); and a Chinese green jade carved table screen, Qing Dynasty (Estimate: $1,000-5,000).

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Lot 5916965: Steinway & Sons Custom Model B Jacobean / Tudor Style Grand Piano and Bench Seat, 1911;Piano: 38 1/2 inches high x 6 feet 11 inches long x 58 inches wide Bench Seat: 24 inches high x 36 inches long x 18 inches deepEstimate: $20,000-30,000© 2021 iGavel. 

bearing serial number 150252. The heavily carved frame with cherubs, foliate curlicues, fish scales, and three-dimensional double Ionic column supports; together with a matching bench seat with contemporary cut velvet upholstery
The Steinway & Sons Model B is considered by many pianists to represent a perfect balance of size and power

In 2011 this piano was restored by Faust Harrison Pianos and to conform to current endangered species laws they changed the original ivory key covers to plastic. They also restored the piano as detailed on the attached paperwork and below:

"Built circa 1911, this piano was restored by Faust Harrison Pianos in 2011 as follows:
1. We installed a new pinblock, new strings and new custom handwound bass strings.
2. We repaired and re-surfaced the soundboard.
3. We installed new damper felts and regulated the dampers.
4. We installed new custom re-carved Steinway hammers and new Renner shanks and flanges and we regulated the action.
5. We repaired all case parts as needed and custom-restored the finish.
6. We overhauled the lyre and the trapwork.
7. We installed new plastic key covers and new key bushings.
8. We tuned and voiced the piano to the highest concert level of performance.
Elaborately hand-carved pianos such as this were produced by Steinway on a fairly regular basis in the 1870’s and 1890’s. However, by the time this piano was manufactured (around 1911), they were much less common, likely being produced only on a special-order basis. The instrument itself (all of the piano except for the case) is indistinguishable from any other model B Steinway, which continues to be one of the most favored studio pianos of all time"

Provenance: Purchased by the current owner in 2010
Ex-Collection Henry Luce III

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Lot 5916865: Two Large Chinese Green and Amber Glazed and Painted Pottery Figures of Officials, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); Height: each approx. 26 inchesEstimate: $1,500-3,000© 2021 iGavel. 

the bases glazed with green and amber glaze, the figures with painted details.

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Lot 5916897: Chinese Green Jade Carved Table Screen, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911); The jade 10 1/8 inches by 7 3/8 inchesEstimate: $1,000-5,000© 2021 iGavel. 

Provenance: with a Christie's sticker on the underside, dated 11/21/79, lot 464.