New York & London
The Collection of Mrs. Henry Ford II — comprising more than 600 lots sold across two sales — encompassed rare and important furniture, paintings and works of art from her Palm Beach, Florida home and UK residences in Eaton Square and Turville Grange.
With participation across five continents and from 32 countries, The Collection of Mrs. Henry Ford II: Palm Beach in New York totalled US$4,744,375 — 85% sold by lot and 89% sold by value.
The top lot was a pair of late Louis XV ormolu-mounted, ebony and vernis martin meubles d’appui attributed to Joseph Baumhauer, c. 1770, that totalled US$846,000 — double its low estimate.
Additional top lots reflected the diversity of the collection and included Aristide Maillol’s bronze sculpture Eve à la pomme, selling for US$237,500, and a set of 18 Royal George I silver dinner plates, mark of Nicholas Clausen, realising US$231,250, far exceeding its estimate of US$15,000–25,000.
Two weeks later, The Collection of Mrs Henry Ford II – Eaton Square and Turville Grange was held at Christie’s London and realised £3,988,938. The sale was 96% sold by lot and 93% sold by value, with participation across six continents and from 35 countries.
Highlighting a broad spectrum of decorative and fine arts from Mrs. Henry Ford II’s two UK properties, the London sale was led by John Duncan Fergusson’s The Chinese Coat that realised £412,500 — more than double its low estimate of £150,000.
New York Head of Sale
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London Head of Sale
Adrian Hume Sayer
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About the lot
The Collection of Mrs. Henry Ford II: Palm Beach
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Catalogues: The Collections of Mrs. Henry Ford II
Two catalogues have been published to accompany The Collections of Mrs. Henry Ford II, available to purchase online now. The commemorative, lavishly illustrated catalogues celebrates the legacy of the Fords with a series of essays, alongside an overview of artworks featured in these landmark auctions.
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