Extremely rare Frank Albert vase to highlight Florida fine art and antiques sale

Matheson’s AA Auction sale of Sept. 27-28 will feature fine art and antiques from five estates including one from Miami and one from Palm Beach. Included in the inventory from one of the estates of a long-deceased owner where it sat undisturbed for decades was a Teco vase designed by Frank Albert early in the 20th century. According to auction owner Lloyd Matheson, only six examples of this vase are known to exist. The last one known to cross the auction block was Sept. 11, 2005, at Treadway Toomey Gallery. The 18 1/2-inch-tall vase with the organic looking swirling base in the soft Teco green matte finish with three Teco marks on the base has a presale estimate of $40,000-$60,000.

In addition to the vase, the auction inventory of fine estate antiques fresh to the market includes some exceptional art by August Rene Francois/Rodin French (1840-1917) including two watercolors of Cambodian dancers; a watercolor by Aiden Lassell Ripley (American 1896-1969); a landscape Mink Hollow Brook by Jervis McEntree (American 1828-1891); and three drawings by George Cruikshank (British 1792-1878). Nearly a dozen hand colored Currier and Ives lithographs, Audubon hand colored lithographs and ten examples of Florida Highwaymen paintings by Alfred Hair, James Gibson, Isaac Knight and Al Black will sell. Other sporting art includes eight signed lithographs by Frank W. Benson (American 1862-1951) and nine colored prints by Arthur Burdett Frost (American 1851-1928).

The two-day sale will include more than 800 lots with more than 250 lots of fine jewelry, major clocks, fine art and fabulous furniture from one estate. Only 20 lots in the sale will be presented with reserves.

A number of outstanding clocks are featured in the antiques portion of the sale. A large bronze cartel clock signed “Barbedienne,” 53 inches high by 18 inches wide, purportedly from the estate of Harry Winston; an 18th century boulle working clock and stand, Boutard, Paris, 52 inches high by 7 feet 2 inches tall; 18th century grandfather clock by Ralph Barret Winstanly of Wigan; and an 8-foot 4-inch moon phase grandfather clock by Peter Fearnley, also of Wigan. Also included is a pair of magnificent bronze candelabra, signed Mathieu Meusnier, 43 inches high.

More than 100 lots of jewelry will flash and impress in this sale, which features a 3 carat solitaire platinum engagement ring with the color “G”; a 2 carat diamond solitaire cocktail ring; a 2.7 carat solitaire gold ring; two Patek Phillipe 18K watches; and an expandable 18K gold necklace with 5 carat solitaire as well as much more.

The sale will begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27 and continue at noon on Sept. 28. Preview will be Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and two hours prior to the sale on each auction day.

Matheson’s AA Auction is located at 600 E. New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, Fla. Seating can be reserved by phone, 321-768-6668 or by email at aaauctions@earthlink.net.

For more information call auction owners Lloyd or Jan Matheson or Auction Manager Carey Lucas 321-768-6668.