Kaminski’s christens new gallery with $34,000 Napoleon III long case clock in $1M sale

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions’ Thanksgiving estates auction, Nov. 27-28, 2010 marked the first sale in the firm’s new 6,500 sq. ft. auction gallery and brought more than $1 million in sales. The two-day sale featured a large single-owner estate from a La Jolla, Calif., consigner.

Claiming top lot honors was a 10th Century French Napoleon III long case clock.  This monumental piece, which measures 7 1/2-feet high, features a highly ornate ormolu design. The porcelain clock face is wreathed in a series of three cherubic figures and is signed “Jacques Almar”. The ormolu elements are mounted on a fine tulipwood construction, accented by luxurious amaranth and parquetry elements.  Much coveted by bidders, the clock realized a final price of $34,500. All prices realized reflect a 15 percent buyers premium.

The top fine art lot was a painting by artist Theo Tobiasse (b. 1927) titled “Marriage Sure Le Ponte Vecchio”.  Born in Palestine, as a child Tobiasse was brought to France where he gained some renown as a commercial designer.  In 1961, he devoted his full attention to his career as an artist, which is characterized by his unique blend of surrealism and expressionism. This particular painting depicts a marriage ceremony taking place on Ponte Vecchio, a Medieval bridge spanning the Arno River in Florence, Italy. Tobiasse’s talent and renown were evident to bidders, who drove the painting’s final price to $23,000.

A mid-19th Century French cabinet was also in high demand. This unusual piece features a Wedgwood Jasperware plaque mounted below a hand painted gouache scenic view on the cabinet’s main door. Having a fine plum mahogany construction, the cabinet is signed “Millet a Paris” for Maison Millet, a highly regarded Parisian furniture company. The cabinet stood out among the wide variety of antiques at the sale, bringing $34,500.

Additional fine art highlights included a portrait by French artist Adolphe Piot (1850-1910). The portrait, signed by the artist, depicts a young woman in a flowing, ethereal dress reading a book. The painting is a fine example of Piot’s portrait style, which evokes the beauty and feminine nature of the 19th Century woman. The painting brought a final price of $20,700.
“The first auction in our newly created auction gallery was a smashing success,” comments Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “With over $1 million in sales, this auction represents one of our most successful to date and I think our bidders were quite pleased with this fine selection.”   

Kaminski Auction’s clientele includes museums, historical societies, corporations, non-profit organizations and private individuals.  In early 2007, Kaminski launched a second operation in California.  For information, visit Kaminski Auctions or call 978-927-2223.

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