19th century Russian chivalry order medal carries $75K estimate

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A late 19th century Russian red enameled medal from the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky, an order of chivalry in the Russian Empire, is expected to take top lot honors from among the approximate 400 lot offerings of rare Russian works, collectible Asian objects, estate jewelry and fine decorative arts in an April 28 live and online auction.

19th century Russian medal  Late 19th century Russian red enameled medal from the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky ($50,000-$75,000). Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts.

The live public auction will be held at Elite Decorative Arts’ gallery in the Quantum Town Center at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach, Fla., beginning promptly at 1 p.m. (EST). Online auction bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Auctionzip.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

The late 19th century Russian red enameled medal from the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky by Albert Keibel (St. Petersburg) is constructed of 14-karat yellow gold with red enamel, measures 3 1/4 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide, holds an “AK” mark under the enamel, has a total weight of 33 grams and carries a presale estimate of $50,000 to $75,000.

Chinese carved jadeite sculptures  Pair of Chinese fully relief carved jadeite sculptures depicting phoenix birds perched on rocks ($40,000-$60,000).

The expected star lot of the Asian category is a pair of 19th century Chinese fully relief carved jadeite sculptures depicting phoenix birds perched on rock formations with depictions of flowers and lingzhi sprouting from the rocks ($40,000-$60,000). The pieces are masterfully crafted, with glowing mottled translucent white jadeite, apple green and lavender jadeite colors.

One item that already garnered keen online attention is a 19th century German hand-crafted wooden Black Forest mantel clock ($4,000-$6,000). The 28-inch-tall clock has intricate raised scrolled floral designs throughout; the cuckoo is standing to recess at the top of the clock.

A late 19th century imperial Russian silver kovsh, holding a Cyrillic Pavel Sazikov workmaster mark (1889, St. Petersburg) should realize $30,000 to $40,000. The kovsh displays a multi-color enameled design throughout with overlay filigree strands and raised beaded designs. The piece, over 5 1/2 inches tall and 12 1/2 inches long, weighs in at 28.46 troy ounces.

A pair of large, 19th century Chinese cloisonné bulbous bottle vases with raised peaches with branches, leaves, flowers and bats each measure 25 inches tall and have a turquoise ground color. The rims feature an Etruscan and stylized lingzhi border and the bottom holds red enameled calligraphy; the pair is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.

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A set of three Soviet army Medals of Honor (the highest award given to an enlisted man) given to Master Sgt. Vassily Grigorievich Taranenko, a highly decorated soldier who fought in the Finnish War (1939-1940) and World War II (1941-1945). Each medal is set together on a copper pin and has a ribbon; the medals are 4 inches tall and almost 2 inches long and also carry a $20,000 to $30,000 estimate.

An early 20th century Russian hand-carved agate baboon figure, made by the Denisoff-Ouralsky & Co. (St. Petersburg) and contained in the original silk-lined fitted leather-bound presentation box, should earn $12,000 to $15,000. The monkey, measuring 3 inches tall and weighing in at 186 grams, has cabochon cut ruby stones set to eyes, with 18-karat white gold mounts.

Russian Faberge tankard  Imperial Russian silver tankard with figural intertwined snake handles, weighing 8 troy ounces ($10,000-$15,000).

An imperial Russian silver tankard mug with figural intertwined snake handles and holding the Cyrillic Fabergé mark with double-headed eagles has a presale estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. The tankard shows the workmaster marks of Julius Rappaport (1883-1916) and holds round cabochon cut enameled jewel over crest to the front of the cup and a gold wash interior.

A pair of 18th century Chinese Qianlong turquoise porcelain bottle vases with relief floral design throughout, each standing about 16 inches tall and weighing about 16 pounds, should hit $10,000 to $14,000. Each holds the Qing Dynasty Qianlong (1736-1795) six-character archaic reign mark to the bottom and is perched on its own wooden base.

18th century Chinese vases  Pair of 18th century Chinese turquoise porcelain bottle vases with impressive relief floral design ($10,000-$14,000).

The first is an Old Pavel Bure Russian 14-karat yellow gold pilot (or aviator) pocket watch with a wristwatch option is expected to earn $8,000 to $12,000. The early 20th century watch has a brick and bar link bracelet for attachment as a wristwatch. These watches were custom-made for pilots of the day, since pocket watches were impractical during flight.

Elite Decorative Arts’ next big sale after this one is a decorative arts auction planned for Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m., also in the firm’s Boynton Beach showroom. For more information, contact Elite Decorative Arts at 561-200-0893, toll-free at 800-991-3340; or info@eliteauction.com.

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