The Bass Museum & Private Collections – November 30th

Hill Auction Gallery, in conjunction with Arlene Schwarz, United Appraisal Group, Inc. and The Bass Museum of Art, is pleased to announce the sale of deaccessioned artwork from The Bass’ past collections and exhibitions; contents from the Morris Lapidus Estate; and, other fine estate collections.

In 1964, The Bass Museum of Art was founded thanks to the donation of a private collection (focused mostly on Renaissance and Baroque works) to the city of Miami Beach. Collectors of fine art and cultural artifacts, John and Johanna Bass donated the personal 500-piece collection including Old Master paintings, textiles, and sculptures. Included in this sale are Nepalese gilt bronze statues, an extensive collection of Japanese woodblock prints and a fantastic Japanese embroidered silk panel.

Designer of iconic resorts such as The Fontainebleau, Eden Roc and Americana Hotels, Morris Lapidus helped define the Miami Modern MIMO look. His buildings, and their post war neo-baroque interiors, enticed visitors to the area with luxurious visions of vacation resort life.

You will not want to miss the opportunity be a part of the history by acquiring any of a number of rare architectural elements such as columns, mesh and beaded curtains, lighting fixtures, credenzas, and fabric panels; all designed by Mr. Lapidus for his personal Miami Beach Estate. These items were installed at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Florida as part of the 2007 exhibit titled “Promises of Paradise.” The exhibit later toured museums throughout the country; renewing interest in the architectural treasures of Miami.

Along with these spectacular offerings, various other fine estate collections are being presented: Mid-Century Modern furnishings from Paul Evans and Philip and Kelvin Laverne and several prominent designers, fine estate jewelry from Tiffany & Co, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels including a GIA certified natural pearl necklace, vintage men’s wrist watches from IWC, Rolex and Le Coultre, paintings and prints from master artists such as Miro, Dali, and Miro plus hundreds of desirable treasures will be offered to the public.