Carnovali-attributed Madonna may stir up $5,000

Madonna oil painting

Museum-quality 19th century oil painting of the Madonna, attributed to Giovanni Carnovali (Italian, 1804-1873), may command between $4,000 and $5,000. (All photos courtesy Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A marvelous collection of 17th century Old Master paintings is the expected headliner at an auction slated for Saturday, March 26, by Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery in the firm’s gallery at 809 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach, Florida, starting at 1 p.m. EST.

In addition to in-person bidding, phone and absentee bids will be accepted, and Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.

Paintings either by, or attributed to, the Old Masters Maerten Vos (Neth., 1532-1603), Guido Reni (Ital., 1575-1642), Giovanni Carnovali (Ital., 1804-1873), and Francesco Albani (Ital., 1578-1660), were acquired by a Miami woman, now 80, when she and her husband acquired them while living in Italy and Venezuela.

About 250 lots will come up for bid. In addition to the Old Master paintings, the sale will also feature sterling silver, bronze, porcelain, art glass and other decorative items, to include a collection of seven unopened Erte Courvoisier Cognac bottles, each one with a different label.

The painting by the Flemish Master Maerten Vos (aka Martin de Vos) is a museum-quality oil on wood board depiction of a woman and a man preparing to fish and hunt, as cherubs look on. It measures 20 inches by 16 inches minus frame, and is expected to bring $6,000 to $8,000.

The oil on canvas painting of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, attributed to Guido Reni, is 23 inches by 17 inches in the frame and carries an estimate of $4,000 to $5,000. Reni was an Italian painter of high-Baroque style. A 19th century oil depiction of the Madonna, attributed to Giovanni Carnovali, measuring 18 inches by 14 inches, framed, should realize $4,000 to $5,000.

The painting with the highest estimate is an oil on canvas depiction of a nude woman, attributed to Cristobal Rojas (Venez., 1857-1890). Rojas was one of the most important and high-profile Venezuelan painters of the 19th century. His painting styles varied throughout his life. This work has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000, but it is an attribution, without verification.

One lot consisting of 79 pieces of English “Royal Husk” parcel gilt sterling flatware, hallmarked London (1985-1992) by Cornelius J. Vander, Ltd., carrying a total troy silver ounce weight of a staggering 186 ozt., is expected to coast to $4,000 to $5,000.

For more information about this auction, consigning items, or free appraisal services, visit www.antiquesmodern.com, or call 561-318-1834.

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