Star-studded property on the auction block from Gregory Peck, Sammy Cahn & Michael Curtiz

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Star-studded property on the auction block from Gregory Peck, Sammy Cahn & Michael Curtiz
A magnificent pair of French bronze figural torchères: Deux Femmes, Indienne et Persane after a model by Émile Coriolan Hippolyte Guillemin (French, 1841-1907) F. Barbedienne foundry, Paris, circa 1872. Estimate: US$ 50,000 - 70,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- A lineup of property that once adorned the homes of Hollywood's film industry elite is being offered at Bonhams' auction of Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts on December 8 and 9 in Los Angeles.

From the Warner Bros. Studio Collection comes the top highlight of the sale, a magnificent pair of French life-size bronze figural torcheres, "Deux Femmes, Indienne et Persane," after Émile Guillemin (1841-1907), cast by the famous Ferdinand Barbedienne Foundry in Paris, circa 1872 (est. $50,000-70,000). Guillemin is best known for his Orientalist works that were inspired by the Middle East and its exoticism.

An impressive 19th century pietra dura table on a wrought iron and brass base (est. $15,000-20,000) is also being offered, from the collection of actor Gregory Peck and his French wife Veronique. The Pecks were avid collectors of Anglo-French furniture and decorative arts, and they purchased the table top and iron base in Paris in 1961 and 1962. Bonhams is offering 39 lots of items the couple purchased on their numerous trips to Europe.

From famed "Casablanca" director Michael Curtiz the sale features a circa 1900 Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry and parquetry inlaid kingwood table de milieu by François Linke (est. $15,000-20,000). Additionally, there is quality English and Continental furniture from the estate of lyricist Sammy Cahn and television writer Sidney Sheldon on offer.

Among the 479 lots in the sale, there is also an exhibition quality Italian marquetry inlaid cabinet, circa 1891 (est. of $20,000-30,000), that was made for the Palermo exhibition of 1891-1892; a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted regulateur after a model by Jean-Henri Riesener, circa 1900 (est. $20,000-30,000); and a late 19th century English Renaissance revival silvered bronze and carved mahogany side cabinet by Hindley and Wilkinson of London (est. $10,000-15,000).

Decorative art highlights include an exceptional selection of carved marble figures, one of which is a late 19th century French carved marble figure group by Benoit Rougelet and retailed by Boudet of Paris (est. $12,000-18,000), and an Italian micromosaic panel from the fourth quarter of the 19th century (est. $10,000-15,000). Fine porcelain highlights include a fine garniture of Flight, Barr and Barr porcelain vases by Thomas Baxter, circa 1814-1816 (est. $3,000-5,000).

Also notable in the auction is property from the families of California's oil tycoons Doheny and Keck. Following the auction, on December 9, the Collection of William M. Keck II will be offered without reserve at Bonhams in Los Angeles with more than 300 lots of furniture, decorative arts, Asian art and fine art from their Coalinga Corp. southern California head offices.

Bonhams' Director of the Furniture and Decorative Arts Department in Los Angeles, Andrew Jones, commented of the sale, "Bonhams is delighted to be entrusted to offer such an exciting and eclectic collection from Los Angeles and Hollywood luminaries."

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