This Exquisite 19th Century hand crafted solid oak ship wall cabinet, Sold for $110,000 on May 27th, 2020! Over 222 years old, this sleeper antique cabinet is constructed out of the original ship’s timbers and adorned with copper scroll mounts and a cameo portrait plaque of Lord Nelson. The cabinet is flanked with copper mounted finials over double glazed doors, while the lower left interior copper plaque reads, “This Cabinet is constructed of oak and copper from HMS Foudroyant, Lord Nelson’s Flagship, 1799-1800, Wrecked off Blackpool, 1893.
Throughout this period, while our physical premises are closed to the public, Hill Auction Gallery remains open for business. Hill’s specialists are working remotely checking their voicemail, and are available via email should you have any questions, or desire to talk about material to be offered in the future. We encourage you to stay up-to-date with all we are doing via our website.
I’d like to thank you, all of our clients, consignors and buyers, collectors, dealers and institutions, decorators, curators and the curious for your understanding, flexibility and fortitude during this time.
Michael T. Hill
Hill Auction Gallery
We are pleased to present our next exciting sale. The Hunt for October Auction starts October 24th at 6:00 pm (EST). This sale offers an assortment of unique and intriguing pieces from pertinent local collections. Our remarkable assortment of Mantiques and rare collectible items offer something for everyone. Featuring Tiffany, Steuben, Lalique & much more fine art glass.
The first lot in this auction is a Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass Geometric Table Lamp, estimated between $8,000 – $12,000. This is a fine example of Tiffany leaded glass displaying a beautiful array of color while retaining the original patinated base.
Lot #51 is an authentic CHANEL handbag crafted of fine black Caviar leather, finished with gold hardware and deep burgundy lambskin interior. This timeless bag retails for over $5,000. Don’t miss your chance to own this fantastic handbag for a fraction of the original price.
Lot #196 features a vintage Heuer Pasadena sport model chronograph wristwatch. It is in good condition and includes market strap and metal buckle. If you’re looking for that true retro eye catcher this is the watch for you. Estimated to sell between $1,800 – $2,200.
Lot #52 is another unusual must have accessory item. This Navajo American Indian 14k gold Turquoise bracelet is estimated between $1,500 – $3,000 and is crafted by artist Larry Pinto. He is a Navajo silversmith that has been making beautiful jewelry since his youth. He hand-finishes his creations and is a master jewelry artisan.
Lot #129 is an amazingly charming 43-piece Miniature Silver Furniture Antique Diorama Set. This handcrafted interior diorama scene is estimated between $400 – $800. This unique antique wood miniature room is decorated with many miniature dollhouse accessories, of which 37 are silver. Adorned with an electrified chandelier, carpets, wooden dressers and desks, and even porcelain plaques are just a few of the features in this tiny room.
Lot #157 is an Imperial Coronation Limited Edition Faberge Egg with Carriage. This fine enamel egg-form box is studded with white rhinestones and is glazed with guilloche and yellow enamel. It opens to reveal a miniature red enamel carriage.
Maude Sherwood Jewett (1873-1953) American, known for her sculptural works. Two Dancers featured in Lot #244. Estimated $3,000 – $6,000.
Lot #333 is a Pre-Columbian style statue constructed of gold which X-ray tested at 9K. Total
weight is 105 grams, estimated between $800 – $1,200. This piece a rare estate find fresh to the market.
Lot #250 features a large antique Royal Doulton Morrisian Jardiniere planter that is estimated to sell between $600 – $900. It is decorated with William Morris decoration with pastiches throughout from William Bradley of golfers.
Lot #425 is a signed Muhammad Ali (1942 – 2016) genuine boxing head gear accompanied with a COA from JSA. Muhammad Ali was not only a world champion boxer, he was a philanthropist and an activist. This item is an amazing piece of boxing history and is estimated to sell between $100 – $1,000.
Find items like these and so many others with Hill Auction Gallery in our Hunt for October auction.
Fine art, a traditionally opaque and fragmented market, is now more transparent and democratic than ever before. As fine art sales soar, buyers and sellers are also becoming more familiar and comfortable with art sales’ slow but steady digital migration. Join us for more than 700 lots of fine art featuring many different artists.
Bernard Buffet, one of the many artists featured in this auction, was born in 1928, France. He was an exceptional French Modernist painter. Lot #1 estimated at $15,000-$25,000 is an original watercolor on paper titled “Nature Morte Aux Oeufs Sur Le Plat”. Frank Stella, an American fine pop artist was exclusively commissioned to create the featured icon image for The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Centennial Celebration from 1969 to 1971. This monumental installation piece is Lot #2, titled M11, estimated at $2000 to $5000.
Another listed artist featured in this auction is Donald Roller Wilson, an American surrealist who paints wild, comical, and often mystical eccentricities. Lot #254 is a beautiful oil painting of a female ape in a white dress and a flower crown that exhibits Wilson’s imaginative mind estimated to sell between $15,000-$25,000. Heather Nevay, another talented surrealist artist, uses symbolism to express ideas of heroism, weakness, fear and the shifting balance of human relationships. Lot #251 depicts three colorful portrait images with a mystical creature, titled “A Fork in the Road”, estimated between $1,800-2,200.
Antique 19th century painter Mauritz Frederik Hendrick De Haas, 1832-1895, was one of the most famous marine and landscape artists of his era. Lot #164 is the perfect example of Haas’s exquisite ability to portray lifelike seascapes transcending the viewer into another reality. Estimated to sell between $2,000-5,000.
Not only does Fine Art for the Beholder feature different styles of paintings, it also includes sculpted and blown glass.
Paul Stankard is an American master glass sculptor, Lot #114 “Bouquet Cube D7” is arguably one of Stankard’s most beautiful masterpieces. This amazing piece depicts stunning technical work with an amazing floral bouquet center, estimated between $2,000-$5,000. Lot #122 sculpted by Czech Republican Michael Pavlik, born 1941 is a stunning work of contemporary glass titled “Three Triangles Inside the Spiral with Yellow and Red”, estimated between $3,000-$6,000. This piece was originally purchased Habatat Galleries. Dale Chihuly was born in 1941 and is one of the most famous American glass blowers to date. Lot #123 is a wonderful example of this extraordinary series, a radiant orange persian set with Supreme blue lip wraps, each piece hand blown and outlined in blue. Estimated $6,000-$9,000.
Hand painted studio art pottery is another facet of fine art that is explored in this auction. Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, was a French Modernist. Lot #147 is a art pottery charger plate decorated with three eyes and two faces, appropriately titled “Les Trois Yeux” (The Three Eyes), estimated between $1,000-$3,000.
Guaranteed to be authentic. Don’t miss Hill Auction Gallery’s Fine Art for the Beholder auction on September 26th 2018. Register early to bid and preview the catalog today for more exquisite and unique fine art from all different mediums and techniques.
The Bass Museum of Art was founded in 1964 through the donation of a private collection by John and Johanna Bass to the City of Miami Beach.
Designer of iconic resorts such as The Fontainebleau, Eden Roc and Americana, Morris Lapidus helped define the MiMo look. His buildings with neo-baroque interiors enticed visitors 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; all designed by Mr. Lapidus for his personal Miami Estate. These items were installed at The Bass as part of the 2007 exhibit, Promises of Paradise, which later toured museums throughout the country; renewing interest in the architectural treasures of Miami.
From various other fine estate collections? Mid-Century Modern furnishings from several prominent designers. Fine estate jewelry from: ; including Edward Farmer sterling boxes. Vintage wrist watches and other fine estate jewelry. Paintings and prints from master artists such as: Miro, Dali, and Picasso. Within this trove are hundreds more desirable treasures that will be offered to the public. Be a part of its history.
Of the numerous items of interest in this auction we would be remiss if we did not point out the rare and wonderful example of Tiffany & Co. art glass with elaborate and unusual silver mounts. The bulbous glass body features iridescent thread-like applied glass decoration on a gourd-shaped form. It has a sterling silver footed base as well as a sterling silver dotted and flared neck.
Another lot worthy of note is the particularly nice example of Nippon porcelain with shimmering coralene decoration. There is much to get excited about in the category of Nippon ware but this piece, in particular, is exceptionally fine. It features a tapered body with blue, yellow, and pink gradient ground and coralene white flowers and foliage. The neck and the base have cobalt blue ground accented in gilt designs.
We are pleased to continue with offerings from a prominent Florida coin and currency collector. One of the many great currency offerings one notable exception it the rare, large size, United States National Currency $10 bill. This happens to be the only known example of this variety of this particular note. It comes from the First National Bank Of North East Pennsylvania, series 1882, Charter Number 4927.
We are pleased to present our “Spring Into Auction” sale beginning March 27th at 6:00 pm (EST). This eclectic miscellany brings to the market a plethora of unique and exciting pieces from relevant local collections including many from the private collection of one esteemed Coral Gables couple. A husband and wife team with vastly differing tastes, nevertheless, a shared keenness for quality. For decades, they scoured antique shows, auctions and specialty dealers to acquire the hidden gems.
A selection of items hail from such prominent jewelers as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., H. Stern, and Kurt Wayne to name a few. Beyond jewels, we are excited to offer a medley of beautiful acoustic and electric guitars from Gretsch, Gibson, Lowden and others…some which were used in the creation and recording of music by The Stephen Palmer Band.
Our remarkable assortment of Judaica includes two offerings from the master craftsmen at Swed Workshop, and several from Hazorfim. Other items of note include a photo of Marilyn Monroe taken weeks before her passing by Bert Stern for the famous series The Last Sitting; and, a Muromachi period Japanese Buddha wood carving circa 1600 with its original Charlotte Horstmann certificate.
Truly something for everyone…an original Josef Albers serigraph, a Franz Bergman bronze, ancient Egyptian bronzes; and numerous paintings, sericels, and prints. Secure your gem by registering to bid.
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.
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…
Hill Auction Gallery is pleased to announce another exciting sale May 25th. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all bidders both in-house and around the globe who helped make our inaugural auction the talk of the industry in South Florida. We are eager to repeat the success from or first sale by acquiring a superb and varied collection.This sale is comprised of items curated over a lifetime of global travel from a distinguished Hollywood socialite.
This collection represents the culmination of a lifetime of expertly acquired objets d’art. The collector spent years combing through auction catalogs searching for pieces to add to her ever growing collection. We are honored to offer these items up for sale.
Our May 25th auction is filled with great lots that have created the most discussion and excitement among members of our team.
A 17th century miniature casket by famous artisan Michel Mann (Lot #12), has been admired by all members of the team. This 400 year old box has an intriguing feature. The keyhole, which can be observed on the front of the casket, is only there to fool any potential pilferer from gaining access to the box. The real key hole is cleverly hidden behind a sliding hinged panel. Just as interesting is the level of skill and engineering required to design and then handcraft the necessary components that make up the closure mechanism. If that wasn’t enough, the box has multiple brass panels each featuring different motifs expertly engraved into the metal.
We are excited to offer a unique set of Moser glass. These Moser cameo cut and intaglio engraved glasses feature a rich green that has been cut to clear. The collection, offered in six lots, features a great variety of engraved motifs including trees and foliage, as well as birds, deer, bears and even hunting scenes. A collection of this size has not been seen on the market in over 30 years.
Finally, there has been much excitement surrounding the R. Lalique Tete D’Aigle eagle hood ornament first introduced in 1928. Some of the most unique and intriguing art glass items created by Rene Lalique were his hood mascots. Many highly esteemed car makers such as Mercedes Benz, Bentley and Rolls Royce featured Lalique’s glass mascots.
Our first auction will be held on March 30th at 6:00 PM with a preview night March 29th from 5:00-9:00 PM. It will largely consist of items from the collection of a world traveler and connoisseur of the weird, wonderful, and rare. For privacy purposes we will refer to this individual as the “Collector” in this post.
his inaugural auction features many items with intriguing stories and priceless histories. As a global traveler the Collector spent a lifetime seeking out unusual and uncommon treasures often with great histories. Take for example lot’s #24 and #25. These two intricately detailed Limoges bowls feature scenes from nature as well as life on the Mississippi River. If that wasn’t enough these two extraordinary bowls were part of the Official State Dinner Service for America’s 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes. The Collector even had a keen eye for minerals, of all things, as showcased in lot #275, which consists of a huge amber specimen peppered with various pre-historic insects.
Many of these items are rarely seen and have great investment potential. We welcome bidders from around the globe to start their own collections, or add to their existing collections with pieces from this fantastic offering.
In an effort to prepare all our bidders for our March 30th grand opening auction we wanted to take this opportunity to go through what to expect on the big day. Interested parties can easily register to bid online through a selection of platforms including Liveauctioneers.com, eBay.com, Auctionzip.com, Invaluable.com and of course in-house. We strongly encourage people to register to bid on whichever desired platform works for them as early as possible. Even if you don’t think you’ll place a bid on an item, it is a good idea to be ready just in case you make a last minute decision to bid. In-house registered bidders will receive a bidder number which will be used to link bidders with winning items.
Our March 30th auction is just the first of many auctions that Hill Auction Gallery will host each year. Our team is always seeking out opportunities to buy, sell and consign individual items, whole collections, and estates. The Hill Auction Gallery Team is an eclectic bunch of youthful yet experienced experts with the knowledge and research capability to accurately evaluate an item as well as gauging current market conditions and trends.
The members of The Hill Auction Gallery Team all share a passion for the items we handle as well as a passion for providing buyers, sellers, and consignors with a superior customer service experience. Our team understands what it takes to maximize on the value of our customers consignments. From the moment it enters our possession to the moment it ships out our customers items are treated with care as well as the necessary due diligence to minimize selling risks.
Watch this space for regular updates on upcoming auctions, special promotions, and consigning opportunities.