Iron torchieres from German Countess’ estate may bring $4,000 in antique auction

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BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions has announce its Feb. 25-26 Estate Auction will feature the collection of Countess Ute D. (Brammer) Von Haller v. Hallerstein of Gloucester, Mass., the wife of Count Jochen von Haller, and president and owner of The Boston School of Modern Languages, the oldest private language school in the country. The Countess was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and was a long-time resident of Back Bay, Boston, and Eastern Point in Gloucester. The sale will include furniture and art from both residences; online bidding will be available via

Bronze Continential torchieresA pair of continental bronzed iron torchieres, 87 inches high, is estimated at $2,000 to $4,000. Photo courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

The first of several important clocks offered is a 19th century bronze mantel clock by the French clockmakers Lerolle Frères decorated with two lounging women wearing crowns and holding a clog and hammer, Caduceus and dolphins and having the original key estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

The Lerolle Frere brothers were trained as sculptors and are known for their exquisite attention to detail in their designs. They exhibited regularly at the Paris and London exhibitions.

A second clock offered is signed “Raingo Frères, Paris” and is a 19th century Louis XVI gilt bronze wall clock with enameled dial and original key estimated at $1,500 to $2,500.

There is also an 18th century Dutch burl veneer, 8-day tall case clock with sarcophagus top, line inlaid door and Bombay base. Having brass works and two bells the brass face is engraved and has a silver dial moon phase, month and day dials. The second hand is signed indistinctly (possibly ‘HDM Seedes’) Amsterdam. It stands 8 feet high (not including finials) by 25 inches wide by 14 inches deep and has lion paw feet, with original weights, winder with key and pendulum.

Dutch burl veneer clockThis 18th century Dutch burl veneer, 8-day tall case clock stands 8 feet high (not including finials) by 25 inches wide by 14 inches deep and has lion paw feet.

There are a pair of continental bronzed iron torchieres, 87 inches high decorated with knights of armor and dragon ornamentation that are estimated at $2,000 to $4,000.

From the Boston residence, an exceptional early 17th century Flemish oil on canvas portrait, with a gilt gesso frame, of a composed young woman wearing a large lace collar.

The Haller v. Hallesteins had been collectors of fine Sevres and Meissen porcelain. There are two 19th century Sevres urns with extensive ormolu, one with a cobalt ground and the other with a burgundy background in addition to two Sevres urns converted to lamps and several sets of Meissen dinnerware.

Many other fine estates from California are included in day one, with a collection of Italian Carrera marble sculptures and many important Russian, Dutch and Belgian paintings.

Russian artists include Ivan Fedorovich Choultse (1877-1932), a still life with onions by Nikolai Aleksandrovich, as well as a wonderful winter landscape by the Hungarian artist Laszlo Neogrady.

A pair of paintings by Dutch artist Reiner Craeyvanger (1812-1880) entitled “A capriccio view of Utrecht” are estimated at $6,000 to $8,000, while “Fishing off Port in High Seas” signed, “Mauritz Federick Hendrick de Haas” (Dutch 1832-1895) is valued at $5,000 to $7,000.

Various other French and Belgian artists are represented in the sale as well, including Paul de Longpre (American/French, 1855-1911), Charles Clement Calderon (French, 1870-1906), Constantine Kluge (French, 1912-2003) and Belgian artist Adolphe Keller (1880-1968) among others.

For more information on the Feb. 25-26 Estate Auction visit Kaminski Auctions.

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