Kaminski Auctions celebrates second year on the West Coast with Los Angeles auction Oct. 26

Kaminski Auctions, one of Massachusetts’ premier antiques and fine art auction houses, launched West Coast operations in 2007 to great success, making it one of the few bicoastal auction houses in the United States. Kaminski’s celebrates its second year in California with an important auction on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008.  The auction takes place at the Pasadena Elks Lodge, 400 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, with bidding commencing at 11 a.m.  Auction preview periods are Friday, Oct. 24 from 3-6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and prior to Sunday’s auction at 9 a.m. The auction features live online bidding through eBay Live auctions, and the complete catalog is available online in advance of the sale. For more information visit www.KaminskiAuctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

Highlighting the auction is an extremely rare micro-mosaic planter from Tiffany Studios. This detailed piece boasts an intricate and beautiful design, pairing a copper floral motif with amber-hued glass mosaic. The planter is complete with original copper liner. Similar pieces are highly coveted and have sold at auction for prices exceeding $50,000.  The planter comes from a San Diego estate.

Also featured is an important painting of a woman in a garden (estimate $50,000-$75,000) by Austrian artist Hans Zatzka. Zatzka studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna and is known for his figural compositions.

The auction features a treasure trove of fine silver from an important Mexican estate. The collection includes platters, large-handled serving trays, a set of 24 dinner plates, candelabras and more.  The owners of the estate, located in Tijuana, frequently used these pieces to entertain dignitaries.

Complimenting the silver collection from the same estate is a remarkable set of gold-plated sterling silver flatware (estimate $7,500-$12,500).  Manufactured by Kirk & Son, this service for 24 features a detailed "rose repousse" pattern.

A monumental ormolu bronze French clock (estimate $50,000-$75,000) also crosses the block.  This ornate 19th century piece features a pair of cherubs on either side of the clock-face and is flanked by a pair of candelabras.

Also included is a 19th century Meissen porcelain figurine (estimate $10,000-$15,000) depicting the Roman god of the sea, Neptune.  Meissen has been quite popular in Kaminski’s previous auctions.  A Meissen figurine of two dancing clowns, originally estimated $300-$500, reached an impressive $7,475 at auction last month.

“It’s been very gratifying to produce auctions on the West Coast, and we look forward to a very exciting second year launch with our next auction in Los Angeles in October,” comments Frank Kaminski.  “As a bi-coastal auction house, we’re able to offer a unique perspective in the fine art and antiques auction and appraisal industry.”

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