Monday, June 22 10am

The Great Estates Auction

Three Great Estates, One Incredible Auction.

Contents from the Galveston home of  Mr. John S. Samuels III.

The estate of Mr. Carl Moore, an Iconic leader in the Houston antique & design world.

The Estate of noted diplomat Mr. James Anthony Dibrell  &  his wife Mrs. Katherine Dibrell.


Sale Highlights

Original French framed large poster by Jean Cocteau titled Ballets Russes, 1913

Large and fine antique 18th century Chinese altar table with inset marble panels, approximately 9’ long

Pair of 19th century French marble top bronze mounted corner cabinets with lacquered oriental panel doors

Exceptional quality 18th century English mahogany chest on chest, circa 1780

Good early 19th century American carved mahogany rollarm sofa in the manner of Duncan Phyfe

Finely sculpted and highly collectible early Cambodian stone head of Buddha, probably 12th-15th century, 36” height

Fine custom made J.E. Caldwell mahogany ladies’ fitted dressing table with large set of cut crystal and vermeil vanity set, circa 1922

Group of several 18th-19th century large carved Indonesian totem figures

Antique well-crafted scale model of a four masted frigate

Well sculpted antique life size chalk bust group of three young girls – The ________ sisters, circa 1880

Wonderful quality carved American mahogany full size four poster “Pineapple” bed, circa 1850

18th century Dutch marquetry inlaid Queen Anne armchair, circa 1780

Large and boldly styled George III mahogany library cabinet, circa 1800

Works of art include examples by Jean Cocteau, a group of American folk-art paintings of fish by A.D. Turner, circa 1920, original dry point etching by Louis Icart, and others.

The library includes rare two volume set, Dictionary of the English Language, 1785, 6th edition; over 40 early volumes of Archaeologia; Vasari’s ten volume set-Lives of the Painters, Sculptures and Architects; over 30 first edition volumes by Joseph Conrad; numerous books on Texas, world economics, foreign policy, world history, and the Arts.

Friesland Cabinet – North Holland, Early 19th Century. Made of walnut, this two-part cabinet has a Bombay lower section of drawers one of which is a secretary. Its original hardware, 2 keys and pristine condition add to its beauty and rarity.

18th century Chest on Chest – Made in the early 1700’s of walnut and oak in England, this beautiful example of a two-part chest upon chest, has a deep luster and color. Its simple lines and elegant use of cross banding are indicative of the Queen Anne Period which includes a dressing Slide and bracket feet.

Marble Top Server/Console – Made in the 19th century in France this elegant server has an original painted finish and gray marble top. The rounded sides, stretcher joining fluted legs, punctuated with a carved flourish, are examples of the Henri II Period.

Pair of 19th century Oil Paintings – A pair of large framed oil paintings depicting a fire in a stable and the rescue of horses, dates to the Napoleon III period. They have remained together since they creation in France during the 1860’s.

Domed Walnut 18th century Coffer – Made in North Germany circa 1780, this Louis Seize coffer was part of the furnishings of a castle. The Walnut inlays are indicative of the Braunschweig region as are the bronze carrying handles and original key.

Carved Stone Trough – Carved from stone and resting on two figures of lions. This rectangular shaped trough has raised figures across the front and dates from 17th century. Found in the Black Forest of Bavaria, the superb quality suggests it was part of a castle.

Portrait of a Lady – This 18th century English oil portrait of an aristocrat in a heavy gilded frame is almost life- sized. The lady is pictured holding a Papillon and there are pencil notes from the artist on the reverse. The style of the work and composition as well as the costume of the subject suggest that the artist is a major figure. Traditionally, portraits of this period were not signed because they were commissioned.

French Trumeau –Paris, 18th century, this has a classic form of a painting mounted above a mirror. The original mirror, paint of the piece, plus the oil painting of two lovers, is similar to the artist Jean-Antoine Watteau of the Rococo era in France.

Italian Portrait Cabinet – Venice, 1790. This depicts a noble couple in profile on the doors of a small 2- door cabinet.  Dating to the 18th century, it is a charming example of the decorative style of the period which filled the palaces of the city.


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