Boston: 1927 Georgian mansion & exquisite contents to be auctioned July 1-2 with no reserve

Onsite no-reserve auction expected to attract substantial European interest

Online PR News – 27-June-2016 – WENHAM, MA – The 12,000-square-foot, 30-room Georgian mansion known as Seven Pines, located on Boston’s North Shore, plus its entire contents of European antiques and other select items, will be sold without reserve on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, by John McInnis Auctioneers.

The auction will be held on-site, at 97 Larch Row in Wenham. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Seven Pines is a Georgian Colonial brick manor home that was designed by Joseph D. Leland and built in 1927 on 30 picturesque acres on Larch Row, a prized location in Wenham, Massachusetts. The home has been lovingly maintained, updated and expanded over the years, and enjoys close proximity to the village center, rail lines and aviation, parks, golf courses and equestrian trails. The estate has been featured in network television shows, used as the backdrop for a Clue video game, hosted a Victoria’s Secret fashion show and, according to local legend, was featured in the movie Love Story.
The contents comprise The Henry D. Audesse Collection, in reference to Seven Pines’ most recent occupant. Offerings will include 19th-century French furniture, porcelains, bronzes, fine decorative objects, clocks, paintings and other works of art, mosaics and lighting. Start times for both auction days will be 12 o’clock noon Eastern US time. The home will be sold at 3 p.m. on July 1st.

The Friday session features more than 400 lots of high-end decorative items, to include Belle Epoque, 19th-century decorative furniture, porcelains, bronzes, paintings, lighting and more.

Two items in Session I should be strong candidates for top lot of the auction. One is a pair of 19th-century Sevres vases, 35 inches in height, ormolu-mounted porcelain with a cobalt ground and mythological reserves. Both vases are signed “Dapoigny / Sevres” and come in their original mahogany cases. The lot is expected to fetch $15,000-$25,000.

The other is a French 19th-century Louis XVI-style pedestal clock with gilt bronze and porcelain face signed “Leroy A Paris.” The ormolu-mounted, inlaid kingwood and mahogany clock stands an impressive 88 inches tall and features a bell-striking movement and a drum case mounted with playful putti with garlands of flowers amid billowing clouds. It should realize $12,000-$18,000.

One of the more historically significant lots is a monogrammed and gilt-banded porcelain dinner service made circa 1870 in Limoges, France by Vierzon (Hache Julien & Cie). The lot's provenance sheet indicates that the service was ordered by Napoleon III as a personal gift to Michael Smythson upon the latter’s return as England’s ambassador to France. Subsequent provenance includes a December 1947 purchase at Parke Bernet in New York. Auction estimate: $1,200 to $1,800.

Other star lots from Session I include a fine, circa-1870 French Egyptian Revival ormolu-mounted rouge marble urn on a gilt and silvered bronze quatrapied stand, with mythological creatures, 27½ inches tall (est. $5,000-$9,000); and a circa-1900 French Louis XV-style bombe cabinet with parquetry and green-marble top and mounted putti figures (est. $3,000-$6,000).

The Saturday, July 2 session will be packed with more than 500 lots of 19th- and 20th-century decorative antiques, porcelains, accessories, paintings, many maritime objects and nautical antiques; scrimshaw and more. Antiques may be previewed on Wednesday and Thursday, June 29-30, from 1-7 pm; and both auction days from 9 a.m till 12 noon.

A library highlight is the three-volume set of books titled Audubon's Quadrupeds of America, bound in full green leather with embossed gold decoration and lettering, and gilt edges. Authored by the renowned bird scholar John James Audubon, and Rev. John Bachman (NY), the set was published by V.G. Audubon between 1849-1852. It is expected to sell for $3,000-$6,000.

Other notable lots from Session II include a Japanese bronze statue of a peasant man sitting next to a tree eating his lunch, signed, from the Edo Period, 32 inches tall, in very good condition and with a nice patina (est. $2,000-$4,000); and a 19th-century French Empire gilt-bronze figural clock, in two-color bronze with a beautiful gilt surface and with a figure of Mercury (est. $1,200-$1,800).

A circa-1910 French Art Nouveau bronze statue of a female figure, unsigned but titled Alerta, stands 27 inches tall and is expected to hammer for $400-$600; and a fine model of an American cargo steamship in very good condition, 62 inches long, could set sail at $2,000-$3,000.

The real estate will be shown by appointment only. The high bid will be subject to confirmation by the trustee to the estate of Henry D. Audesse. All Internet bidders for the real estate must be pre-qualified by John McInnis Auctioneers. Interested parties are encouraged to view the listing in the real estate section of LiveAuctioneers and review all of the terms and conditions there.

For additional information, call 1-978-388-0400 or email View the online catalog at To learn more about the July 1-2 auction of Seven Pines and The Henry D. Audesse Collection, visit McInnis auction online.