Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Ed Hardy Collection


Antiques buyers from around the country are expected to attend the auction of antiquarian, Ed Hardy. Ed Hardy has been a fixture here in San Francisco since 1976. His studio is built like an Italian palazzo and is filled with the most outstanding and unique examples of period furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 20th centuries.

Partly due to the declining economy, Hardy will closing his studio and auctioning off over 700 items through Bonhams & Butterfields on May 5th.


An Italian Restrato glass five light chandelier
circa 1950, in the manner of Barovier
estimate $4,000 - 6,000

This is so sad as Ed Hardy has been among one of the most respected dealers around the world. He still plans on consulting after giving up the studio.

Here are a few previews I've selected among the hundreds of items at auction. If you can't make it to San Francisco, you can bid online here. Also be sure and sift through the items on Bonham's website as well. Amazing things!



A pair of American terracotta lion form architectural elements
New York
last quarter 19th century
estimate - $3,000 - 5,000


A Burmese gilt lacquered seated Buddha
19th century
estimate - $2,000 - 3,000



A pair of French cast iron, brass and glass side tables
circa 1960, in the manner of Maison Jansen
estimate - $3,000 - 5,000


A superb French Baroque blue and white faience pharmacy vessel
Montpellier
early 18th century
estimate - $3,000 - 5,000


An Italian Rococo style green painted commodino
mid 20th century
estimate $1,500 - 2,000


A magnificent pair of Venetian tempietto tôle, clear, amber and cobalt glass lanterns on botticino marble bases
19th century
estimate - $70,000 - 90,000

A pair of Murano glass and giltwood lamps 1940s
estimate - $3,000 - $5,000


An American or English scrimshaw hourglass
Capt. John Reuter, 1817
estimate - $2,500 - $3,500

4 comments:

Paris Atelier said...

Hi Lynn,
So sad to hear about this auction. It's wonderful to be able to get a good glimpse of these amazing pieces but so sad to think why. Thanks for sharing! Oh, I almost forgot! Today I was antiquing in Orange and I ran across the cutest Walnut shaped box and I thought of you! If it hadn't been so astronomically priced I would have picked it up for you! I thought it was funny how you immediatly popped intop my head when I saw it! LOL!
xoxo
Judith~

ana said...

Amazing pieces!!!!

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Judith...you've got me laughing...what did the box look like? Wood, silver? So sweet of you to think of me! Lynn

THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

All I can say is "drool".....Hope you and Vito are staying cool!
Lisa & Alfie