Venetian canal scene headlines Kaminski’s February auction

BOSTON — Kaminski Auctions, one of Massachusetts’ premier auction houses, announces its February Estates Auction. The auction features fine art, antiques and collectibles from estates spanning Massachusetts to Kaminski’s second location in Beverly Hills, Calif. The auction takes place Feb. 20-21, 2010, at Woodman’s Function Hall, Rt. 133 Main Street, Essex, Mass. Bidding commences at 11 a.m. each day and auction previews are scheduled Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on the days of the auction from 9 to 11 a.m. Live online bidding is available through

Leading the sale is a painting by French artist Felix Ziem (1821-1911). “Le Palais des Doges, Vue du Le Canal Grande” (estimate $85,000-$125,000), an oil on canvas, is a fine example of Ziem’s work. Originally a painter in the French Barbizon school, he became known for his impressionistic scenes of Venice, which are his most coveted by modern collectors. He is ranked with Canaletto and Guardi as one of the most accomplished painters of Venetian scenes.

Three antique chandeliers also highlight this exciting two-day auction. The chandeliers are circa-1850-1860 gasolier models, each made of fine polished bronze. One bears a swan and serpent design, encrusted with a floral motif (estimate $20,000-$30,000). The second features an elegant moss and leaf design (estimate $20,000-$30,000) and the third has a griffin design with matching sconces ($10,000-$15,000). The three chandeliers are sold separately and originate from an important estate in Salem, Mass.

Also featured is a KPM plaque depicting a pair of young street musicians (estimate $10,000-$15,000). The porcelain plaque, which is signed “Wagner,” measures 8 3/4 inches by 16 1/4 inches framed. The piece features a young man playing a fiddle while his younger female companion provides vocal accompaniment. KPM plaques are highly collectible and frequently fetch four and five figure prices at auction.

A suite of Belter rosewood furniture featuring the popular “spoon” pattern is also offered. Highlights of the set include a pair of recamiers (estimate $5,000-$8,000), a sofa (estimate $2,500-$4,500), a settee (estimate $2,000-$3,000) and a parlor chair (estimate $1,000-$1,500). Belter is known for their laminated rosewood furniture, in which thin strips of veneer were glued and pressed together, then steamed in a mold to produce a curved form. This trademark process made the furniture not only strong, but beautifully finished on all sides.

“Our February auction combines the very best consignments from both our Massachusetts and California locations,” comments Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “A series of successful appraisal events at our new Beverly Hills location has led to the discovery of a some truly remarkable items.”

For more information on this and other Kaminski auctions, visit or call 978-927-2223.

Photos courtesy Kaminski Auctions.


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