July 14, 2022 10:00 EST

The Gilded Age

 
  Lot 9
 

9

A Group of Works with Antiquarian Interest

Comprising a stone composite head, mounted on a wood stand, 16th/17th century; a small bronze bust of a man mounted on a marble base, 16th/17th century; a white metal suit of armor mounted on an ebonized wood stand, 19th century; a carved horn spire, modeled as a swan and mounted to an ebonized wood stand,19th century; a framed drawing, French School, Académie de Femme, graphite heightened with white chalk on toned paper, presented on a small easel, early 19th century; and a framed drawing, Roman School, Head of a Veiled Woman, red chalk on paper, early 19th century. (6).

H:12 in. (armor on stand); H: 10 1/2 in. (stone head on stand); H: 7 1/2 in. (bronze bust on stand); H: 7 3/4 in. (spire on stand); H: 11 3/4, W: 8 1/2 in. (frame, drawing of nude woman); H: 25 1/4, W: 21 1/2 in. (frame, red chalk drawing)

Provenance

The Charles J. McManus Jr. Collection.
Thence by descent.

Charles J. McManus Jr. (1922-2011) was noted interior designer and a passionate collector of antiques with a particular interest in the unusual and unexpected. As an interior designer, McManus worked on several important commissions in his birthplace of Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Club and the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. He acquired pieces for his own collection during his extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where he owned a former sugar plantation in Antigua. His style of entertainment was widely admired as he hosted elaborate parties in his home, the former French Consulate in Philadelphia. The New York Times Magazine detailed one such cocktail party, and McManus described his goal for his collection as: “creating a mood, a feeling of warmth and otherworldliness,” for others to enjoy.

Sold for $756
Estimated at $1,000 - $1,500


 

Comprising a stone composite head, mounted on a wood stand, 16th/17th century; a small bronze bust of a man mounted on a marble base, 16th/17th century; a white metal suit of armor mounted on an ebonized wood stand, 19th century; a carved horn spire, modeled as a swan and mounted to an ebonized wood stand,19th century; a framed drawing, French School, Académie de Femme, graphite heightened with white chalk on toned paper, presented on a small easel, early 19th century; and a framed drawing, Roman School, Head of a Veiled Woman, red chalk on paper, early 19th century. (6).

H:12 in. (armor on stand); H: 10 1/2 in. (stone head on stand); H: 7 1/2 in. (bronze bust on stand); H: 7 3/4 in. (spire on stand); H: 11 3/4, W: 8 1/2 in. (frame, drawing of nude woman); H: 25 1/4, W: 21 1/2 in. (frame, red chalk drawing)

Provenance

The Charles J. McManus Jr. Collection.
Thence by descent.

Charles J. McManus Jr. (1922-2011) was noted interior designer and a passionate collector of antiques with a particular interest in the unusual and unexpected. As an interior designer, McManus worked on several important commissions in his birthplace of Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Club and the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. He acquired pieces for his own collection during his extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where he owned a former sugar plantation in Antigua. His style of entertainment was widely admired as he hosted elaborate parties in his home, the former French Consulate in Philadelphia. The New York Times Magazine detailed one such cocktail party, and McManus described his goal for his collection as: “creating a mood, a feeling of warmth and otherworldliness,” for others to enjoy.

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