Cut glass throne chair could bring $4,000-$6,000

BOSTON – Kaminski Auctions’ January estates auction will contain fine art and a selection of fine jewelry from estates spanning Massachusetts to Kaminski’s second location in California.

An unusual 20th century Baccarat-style cut glass throne chair, which may bring $4,000- $6,000, is a lavishly appointed piece with plush red velvet upholstery. It is constructed of glass with faceted finials atop two columnar stiles, flanking the piece’s central fan motif. Each upholstered arm is supported by five short columnar supports and the chair rests on four faceted and tapered glass legs. The chair is closely related to a design in the F&C Osler archives, circa 1880.

Highlighting the auction’s diverse array of fine estate jewelry is a sapphire and diamond ring in a fine platinum setting, estimated to sell at $15,000-$20,000. The center stone is a hefty 12.3-carat unheated sapphire, which is flanked by 12 diamonds of varied cuts with a total weight of 1.30 carats. GIA and AGL certificates accompany the ring.

Among the auction’s wide selection of fine art is a painting by an unknown artist depicting Judith with the Head of Holofernes. The painting references a story from the Old Testament’s Book of Judith, in which the title figure assassinates Holofernes, an invading general of Nebuchadnezzar. The piece, a framed oil on canvas, measures 39 1/2 inches by 29 1/2 inches and is signed indistinctly; the painting carries a pre-auction estimate of $5,000-$9,000.

A Russian silver enameled egg, estimated to sell for $4,000-$7,000, is a fine example of craftsmanship. The egg rests on three claw feet and boasts four inlaid cabochon garnets. The egg’s detailed enameled design includes three white birds accented by a blue floral background. The piece is hallmarked “84 H3” with a profile image of a man’s face.

Additional decorative arts offerings include a 19th century cobalt glass chandelier, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. The ornate six-arm chandelier is deep blue in color, with intricate gilt ornamentation. Approximately 100 cobalt glass faceted pendants hang beneath each arm and from the base of the chandelier. The piece, which is not electrified, measures 37 1/2 inches high by 30 1/5 inches wide.

The auction takes place Jan. 24, 2010, at Woodman’s Function Hall, Rt. 133 Main Street, Essex, Mass. Bidding starts at 10 a.m. and auction previews are scheduled Jan. 22, 4-8 p.m.; Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the day of the auction at 9 a.m.

Live online bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Visit for more information.

Photos courtesy of Kaminski Auctions.


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