Hidden treasures discovered at Kaminski’s Holiday Estates auction

Kaminski Auctions’ Holiday Estates auction on Dec.  27-28 attracted local and international bidders via phone and live online bidding. The auction offered a wide selection of fine art, antiques and collectibles highlighted by a collection of fine art and furnishings originally from Naples, Italy. Featured consignments hailed from estates from Massachusetts and California. All prices reflect a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Underscoring this diverse auction was a 17th century portrait by an anonymous artist. The painting, depicting a man in a black feathered hat holding a pitcher, measures 47 inches by 36 inches in its frame. The piece, originally estimated at $3,000-$5,000, caught the eye of savvy auction-goers and realized $155,250 after a volley of more than 100 bids. The painting, which was consigned from an estate in Gloucester, Mass., was originally owned by Conte Gennaro Balsamo of Napoli, Italy.

A painting by artist Robert Spear Dunning (1829-1905) also soared well above its original estimate. Dunning lived and worked primarily in Fall River, Mass., and is well known for his vivid and colorful still life paintings. This signed and dated (1894) still life with peaches, cherries and grapes was originally estimated $1,000-$1,500. After another round of feverish bidding, the painting fetched an impressive $12,650.

Furniture was also in demand at this two-day auction. A pair of 18th century Italian walnut two-drawer stands reached $6,900, breaking their original estimate of $3,500-$5,500. The pieces feature burlwood and marquetry inlay with canary marble tops and brass hardware.

Additional surprise heavyweights included a collection of more than 20 assorted early jigsaw puzzless, all issued by Parker Brothers in 1917. With many puzzles still in their original boxes, the collection realized more than ten times its original estimate, soaring to a final price of $4,830.

A collection of 19th century hand-painted Italian porcelain also wowed auction-goers. The set featured eight cups with six matching saucers and was originally estimated $250-$300. After a back-and-forth bidding war, the set reached $5,060. Like a number of the auction’s highlights, this set was originally owned by Conte Gennaro Balsamo of Italy.

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