Collectors turn interest toward fine wines at auction

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HILSBOROUGH, N.C. – A two-session multi-estate sale dedicated to Fine Wine Sept. 17, and Fine & Decorative Arts Sept. 18, will be held by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., in the firm’s new gallery, located at 620 Cornerstone Court. The Fine Wine session will begin at 6 p.m. The Fine & Decorative Arts session will begin at 9 a.m.

This is an itinerary reversal from what has been the norm at previous cataloged auctions. Typically, the Fine Wine session would finalize the sale. This time, it’s kicking things off. “We have over 100 lots of very high grade wines, and we want to show them off right away,” said Leland Little of Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.

The majority of wine in the sale was taken from the cellar of an avid collector and retired restaurateur who assembled numerous notable wine lists, earning in the process a Wine Spectator Grand Award and many other wine awards over a 20-year period. Most of his rare and vintage bottles were purchased on first release and all have been kept in temperature-controlled storage.

The Saturday session will be no less impressive. Offered will be 550 quality, fresh-to-the-market lots from local estates and collections. Included will be original art, period furniture, works on paper, silver, antique clocks, decorative accessories, pottery and more.

Previews will be held Sept. 11 from 10-3, and Sept. 16-17, from 10-6. Online bidding will be facilitated by

Asian arts will feature items such as a rare Chinese Export porcelain hunt bowl with the exterior decorated with mounted huntsmen and their hounds (circa 1785), but there will also be spectacular antiquities, too, that date back thousands of years. These will include Chinese Trade jewelry, Longquan dishes, a Ch’ing-pai lidded ewer, and numerous vessels, ceramics and boxes.

Estate jewelry promises to dazzle the assembled throngs. Two lots expected to do particularly well are a gorgeous diamond solitaire ring simply set with one beautiful round brilliant cut diamond weighing 5.56 carats, prong set and mounted in platinum; and an Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet made in the 1930s, with one round diamond and 16 baguette cut sapphires.

American artwork will feature a watercolor on ivory portrait miniature of Dr. Alexander Landson Baron (1810-1842) by Charles Fraser (SC, 1782-1860) and an oil painting by Louis Jambor (1884-1955), titled Boating Beauties and depicting two women on a lake, among others.

Continental silver is sure to wow the crowd, with lots like a Georg Jensen sterling pitcher with ebony handle, engraved Christmas 1928; two Georg Jensen sterling compotes with applied grape design, engraved Christmas 1928; and a George III sterling basket by Vere & Lutwyche (London, 1763). American silver will feature a Gorham “Chantilly-Duchess” six-piece service.

To learn more about Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., and the Sept. 17-18 auction, visit or call 919-644-1243. ?


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