Palm Beach Estate Auction, Antique to Modernism – September 28th

We are delighted to kick off the auction season with our upcoming sale on September 28, 2016 at 6pm EST. Our offerings in this auction include an array of fine pieces spanning antique to modernism. One of the featured items (Lot 154) being presented is one of five original Romero Britto paintings that we are offering for sale in this auction. Britto’s colossal “Fantasia” masterpiece is a original pop art painting which depicts the iconic Mickey Mouse image. A huge museum quality painting, this framed piece measures 90″ x 71″, and is accompanied by the embossed C.O.A.

In addition to the Britto collection, we have a remarkable collection of Erte sculptures (Lots 68-74); and, a beautiful collection of Italian Pietra Dura plaques which are of exquisitely inlaid fine stone (Lots 171-175). These finely detailed handcrafted plaques feature images ranging from a traditional Italian couple dancing to landscapes and still-life’s alike. Another interesting item that will be up for sale? A very rare Art Nouveau style yacht racing trophy (Lot 208); a historical piece, and the first place trophy awarded to the schooner Elmina in the Atlantic Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta held on June 17th, 1902. Owned by Frederick Brewster of New Haven, Connecticut (whose ancestors landed at Plymouth with the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1566), the Elmina was a racing favorite at the turn of the century, accumulating many first place finishes until she met with a serious accident less than a month after winning this trophy. This is definitely a unique piece of American yacht racing history.

In our past auctions, we have been privileged to offer some spectacular art glass and crystal lots; and, this sale is no exception. Comprised of four exquisite pieces each, Lots 60 and 61 are particularly rare and impressive Louis Comfort Tiffany original glassware in the well known “Wisteria” pattern. Often only found individually, these wine glasses and bowls feature a pulled feather motif crafted from superb quality pastel and opaline glass. Still impressive today, these glasses have a superbly organic look. One, or even both, of these lots would make excellent additions to one’s art glass collection. For those hoping to extend their glass collection beyond such wares…

For over a century, Tiffany Studios have crafted some of the most sought after decorative and utilitarian items in the United States. We are pleased to offer a wonderful sample of Tiffany Studio desk accessories in Lots 125-133. It has become increasingly difficult to find these on the individual level; and, nearly impossible to have such a large grouping sold at once. Designed in a classical Tiffany winding grape vine pattern, these pieces showcase expertly pierced filigree detailing with several containing the original glass slag inserts.

Art glass also meriting mention is a lovely Daum Pate de Verre mythological themed ewer (Lot 202); a charmingly colorful piece which features a sea nymph gazing into the dolphin shaped bowl below her. Far from the least, we must make one final noteworthy reference…Lot 7. A gorgeous three piece antique French style Michel Claude Clodion figural bronze clock garniture set with the clock and both the candelabras crafted out of bronze and deep red marble containing a powerful grain. The clock features a gilt bronze cherub pulling the ear of Dionysus the Satyr. Another young Satyr adorns the base with a bunch of grapes. A matching pair of nude children with grapevine headbands each are holding two candle stems forming the candelabras.
If you haven’t already, prepare to bid in our upcoming auction on September 28, 2016 by downloading a Bidder Registration Form to submit for approval. Stay tuned for more details…