MELBOURNE, Fla. – More than 350 fresh-to-the-market items of interest to antiques and collectibles aficionados, carefully selected from several fine Florida estates and collections, will be sold on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. (EST) in an estates auction hosted by Matheson’s Auctions, based in Melbourne, Fla., buyers and sellers of fine art and antiques for more than 40 years. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Included in the sale will be property from a $15 million Miami mansion, a significant vintage art glass collection of an Ocala collector and Part 1 of the fine art collection from the Cuban ambassador to Canada.
“This auction will also feature one of the finest groups of Bakelite beaded and petit point purses we have ever offered,” said Lloyd Matheson of Matheson’s Auctions, “plus 25 large pieces of Lalique, a monumental set of Herend “Rothchild Bird,” Chinese bronzes, ivories and jade, a fine assortment of estate jewelry, sterling silver and period furniture, and much more.”
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Two lots expected to attract keen bidder interest are a silver and brass automaton in the form of an ice-breaking ship, being offered for the first time from a private collection ($10,000-$15,000); and a massive 9-tube oak tall case grandfather clock, made circa 1890 by Walter M. Durfee and retailed by Bailey Banks & Biddle ($10,000-$15,000).
Several of the top lot candidates will come from the fine art category. An oil on canvas painting by Julio Romero de Torres (Sp., 1874/79-1930), measuring 35 inches by 27 inches, signed front and back and dated 1911, should fetch $50,000-$80,000; and an oil on board by Emilio Sanchez Perrier (Sp., 1855-1907) , signed lower right, should realize $25,000-$35,000.
Two paintings by the noted French artist Edouard Cortes (1882-1969) will be sold, to include an oil on canvas evening scene of Paris, signed lower left and measuring 20 inches by 31 inches ($30,000-$40,000). Also, an ink on paper (sgraffito) by the Spanish artist Angel Botello (1913-1986), signed lower right, 15 inches by 12 1/4 inches, should hit $8,000-$10,000.
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A pair of lots from the jewelry category is expected to do well. One is a ladies’ 18kt yellow gold diamond engagement ring consisting of one round brilliant cut 1.62-carat diamond in a six-prong 14kt white head (est. $9,000-$12,000). The other is an 18kt yellow gold ladies’ Rolex watch with diamond bezel and dial and an extra Rolex face included ($4,000-$5,000).
From the furniture category, a heavily carved 19th century oak R. J. Horner sideboard with griffins and still in the original finish, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall by 6 feet wide, is expected to breeze to $5,000-$7,000. One of the more interesting items in the sale is an Ernest Heinrich Roth antique violin (23 inches long) in a case, with a Sivori bow ($2,000-$3,000).
Chinese items will include a pair of important oil on canvas paintings, one depicting a seated dignitary surrounded by dragons (55 1/2 inches by 25 3/4 inches), the other depicting a procession of Chinese dignitaries (each estimated at $2,000-$2,500); and an intricately carved Chinese ivory birdcage, measuring 13 3/4 inches tall by 10 1/2 inches wide ($1,000-$1,500).
Returning to art, two drawings by the iconic Pop Artist Andy Warhol will be offered, each with a presale estimate of $1,000-$1,500. One is a drawing of the Disney character Mickey Mouse, while the other is of the Playboy bunny logo. Both are signed and framed and each comes with a letter of authenticity and provenance from Melbourne, Fla., art gallery owner Mark Ozz.
An important Old Master oil painting on cradled panel, signed “de Hoogh” on the lower right side, should bring $5,000-$10,000; and an original linocut by the Spanish master himself, Pablo Picasso, titled Tete de Garcon (Boy’s Head), 14 inches by 10 1/2 inches, numbered 36 of 50, and with a certificate of authenticity and receipt from 1969, should command $3,000-$5,000.
Two rare Royal Copenhagen figural groups after Lenci, both marked on the base, should each hammer for $1,000-$1,500. Also, a Boehm bird of paradise floral (from an edition limited to 400), the piece signed “Boehm” and measuring 24 inches tall, should make $1,500-$2,000; and a large Mettlach beer stein should hit $500-$800.
From lamps and lighting, a reverse painted stained glass lamp shade measuring 29 inches by 23 inches, with a solid bronze base, carries a very reasonable presale estimate of $500-$800.
From the silver category, a diminutive Imperial Russian enameled silver bowl measuring a spare 1 1/4 inches by 5 inches, marked “88” silver, is expected to change hands for $1,000-$1,500.
Also due to cross the auction block on Nov. 2: an art glass sphere by the American artist Patrick Wadley (1950-1992), signed and dated (1990) and measuring 11 inches by 11 inches (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a grand jardinière by French artist Louis Carrier-Belleuse (1848-1913), 31 inches by 18 inches, artist signed and with impressed numbers on the base (est. $8,000-$12,000).
Previews may be scheduled by appointment; dealers and collectors are welcome to attend the sale. To make an appointment, you may call Matheson’s Auctions at 321-768-6668. Telephone and absentee bids will be accepted. Absentee bids may be submitted via fax to 321-768-6664. A buyer’s premium of 20 percent will be applied to all Internet purchases; all other winning bids will be subject to a 17 percent premium.
Matheson’s Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at 321-768-6668; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Matheson’s Auctions and the upcoming Nov. 2 auction, visit www.mathesonsaaauction.com.