Vintage Jacobus Stainer violin and bow may bring $6,000 this weekend

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A two-day auction offering up more than 500 lots of fine antiques, decorative arts and estate jewelry will be hosted this weekend by Elite Decorative Arts.

One of the expected top lots of the auction is an 18-karat white gold ring holding a round brilliant cut 3.95-carat natural blue diamond having 129 solare cut facets (estimate $60,000-$80,000). The blue diamond, boasting VS2 clarity, is flanked by Kite white diamonds and is surrounded by round cut diamonds; the size 7 ring has a diamond weight of 5.7 dwt.

Jacobus Strainer violin

Circa-1660 Jacobus Stainer violin, bow and original fitted wooden case, weighing about 6 pounds, is expected to sell for $6,000.

Grant Wood painting

Original oil on canvas landscape scene by iconic American artist Grant Wood (1891-1942). It carries a pre-auction estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

Artwork will include an artist proof bronze sculpture of a goat by Louise B. Nevelson (Am., 1899-1988). The sculpture, signed to the back of the rear feet and measuring 12 3/4 inches tall by 20 inches long, should bring $10,000 to $15,000. A pencil on paper of a nude female by Fernando Botero (Col., b. 1932), 22 inches by 15 1/2 inches, is expected to hit $30,000 to $40,000.

A pair of watches carries individual presale estimates of $6,000 to $8,000: One is a Bulgari 18-karat yellow gold and diamond Parentheses (or “Parentesi”) bangle watch with fancy-shaped links featuring a round dial set with single-cut diamonds. The other is a man’s 18-karat yellow gold Rolex President Oyster perpetual day/date watch with gold hands and leather case.

blue diamond ring

Exquisite 18 karat white gold ring holding a round brilliant cut 3.95-carat blue diamond (VS2). The ring is expected to sell for at least $60,000.

Civil War and presidential memorabilia enthusiasts will be intrigued by an Abraham Lincoln original handwritten letter with hand-signed engraving ($8,000-$12,000). The letter is dated Nov. 12, 1864, and is accompanied by a note also written during the war. The engraving, showing a profile of Lincoln, is 5 inches by 7 inches and signed by engraver Frederick Reynolds.

Two decorative accessories also have the same presale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000: The first is a footed, oval-shaped Tiffany & Company sterling silver entrée dish with a repousse pomegranate design. The second is a pair of 18th century Sevres yellow porcelain lidded urns, 21 inches high, each having a panoramic landscape scene with playing cherubs.
A Grant Wood (Am., 1891-1942) oil on canvas painting and a Jacobus Stainer violin and bow with case each is expected to command $4,000 to $6,000. The painting by Wood depicts a landscape scene with figures in Anamosa, Iowa, circa 1910. It is 12 inches by 15 inches. The violin, bow and original fitted wooden case are circa 1660.

The auction takes place Sept. 15-16 at the Elite Decorative Arts’ gallery in the Quantum Town Center. The firm’s next big sale will be a fine artwork and decorative arts auction slated for Oct. 13. The firm’s largest Asian auction of the year is being planned for Nov. 10, 2012.

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