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Couple with traditional tastes

Chinese lots and English furniture rub shoulders as Levine collection comes to NY auction

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English furniture, works of art and decorations of the most traditional kind were the object of a 365-lot, single-owner sale held by Doyle (25/20/12.5%) buyer’s premium in New York.

The late Noel and Harriette Levine were well-known patrons of the arts and museum donors (including the bequest of their photograph collection to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem). Harriette, a talented interior designer, was the driving force behind the collecting and decorating of their homes.

On offer in this January 17 auction were contents that furnished both their elegant Park Avenue apartment and country house in Bedford, NY.

It was a selection that ranged from early 17th century oak, English embroideries and elegant Georgian furniture from across the 18th century to English silver, Chinese decorative ceramics and English pottery.

London and NY buyers

The Levines appear to have done most of their collecting in the 1980s and ‘90s, although Harriette was making purchases up to the mid 2000s. They were customers of the major dealers and antiques fairs on both sides of the Atlantic. Much of their buying was done through names in the London and New York trade such as Stair and Co, Mallett, Partridge and Jeremy.

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