Faberge-marked desk clock from French adventurer Duke’s estate may bring $250K

Chiparus sculpture

Art Deco gilt bronze and cold painted sculpture by Dimitri H. Chiparus (estimate $2,000-$4,000). Photo courtesy Elite Decorative Arts

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – The estate of the late Duke Louis d’Antin – a French-born nobleman who led a rich and interesting life prior to his passing earlier this year, who furnished his Key Biscayne, Fla., home with the finest art and antiques – will be sold on Saturday, Oct. 22, by Elite Decorative Arts. The event will be held at the Elite Decorative Arts gallery, located in the Quantum Town Center at 1034 Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach.

Russian clock with Faberge mark

Russian gold and silver enameled desk clock with Faberge marks (estimate $200,000-$250,000).

Duke d’Antin was born in 1919 in post-World War I France. He fled to Spain during World War II and fought alongside Generalissimo Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), rising to the rank of colonel. He later went on to become an Olympic swimmer and a competitive race car driver. In the early 1950s, he competed at LeMans in his native France.

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The Duke’s connection to Florida would be his opulent estate condominium home in Key Biscayne, where he resided up until the time of his death. In keeping with his attraction to the finer things in life, he stocked the residence with the best in original artworks, silver, porcelain, estate jewelry, glass, furniture, bronze and more. In all, more than 300 lots will cross the block.

A Russian gold and silver enameled desk clock with Faberge marks carries a presale estimate of $200,000 to $250,000. The clock has translucent pink guilloche enameling enclosing a white enameled dial with black Arabic numerals and pierced gold hands. The back bears an 88 silver purity and the mark of the maker (Henrik Wigstgrom).

Meissen reticulated basket

Meissen reticulated floral porcelain footed basket, just 4 inches in height (estimate $800-$1,200).

Two pieces of estate jewelry are expected to realize $20,000 to $30,000. The first is a late 19th or early 20th century ladies Patek Philippe platinum diamond and pearl lapel watch. The watch boasts 165 round cut white diamonds and 78 round graduating pearls in a platinum setting. The face features black and gold Arabic numerals. The other piece is a ladies platinum ring (size 7.75) having approximately 31 graduating baguette diamonds surrounding a 3-carat oval emerald in the center. The emerald measures 11.16 millimeters by 9.35 millimeters, with a transparent green cushion antique mixed cut to stone. The ring has a total weight of 8.60 dwt (13.4 grams).

Original works of art include an acrylic-on-canvas landscape rendering by the Italian artist Nicola Simbari (b. 1929) estimated at $3,000 to $5,000. The 32-inch by 40-inch framed and matted painting is an Impressionistic interpretation of the coastal shoreline in Sabaudia (in Italy, south of Rome). The artist employed vivid colors in thick paint and wide brush strokes.

Also from the fine art category, an Art Deco gilt bronze and cold painted sculpture of a young girl treating the wound of an injured dog, by Dimitri (Demeter) H. Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947) is expected to command $2,000 to $4,000. The sculpture – titled “Accident Chasse” (“A Hunting Accident”) – is highly detailed and is raised on an octagonal marble plinth.

Silver tea service

Seven-piece Genoese (Italian) 916 silver tea set with serving tray (estimate $8,000-$12,000).

A 7-piece Genoese (Italian) 916 silver tea set with handled serving tray has a presale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. The set, crafted circa 1935 and weighing in at 261 troy ounces, has a regal ribbed design with scrolled attributes. Included are a large tea kettle with heater, a coffee pot, a tea pot, a creamer, a covered sugar, a tea strainer and cup and tray.

An antique Teplitz amphora bust of a young maiden, depicted with fanning portions of her dress billowing in all directions, should garner $150 to $250. The bust, set on a wooden base and made circa 1892-1905, is 13 inches tall and holds the red Turn Teplitz Bohemia vase mark, indicating the initials of the three owners (Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel).

A 19th century signed Sevres French porcelain urn with bronze mounts and lid carries an estimate of $3,000 to $4,000; it features a rich cobalt matte and glossy ground, with extensive gilt highlights. The body depicts a continuous landscape and heavenly figures. Raised on a bronze base, the urn is 27 1/2 inches tall and is signed by the artist (“Schill”).

Rounding out a list of some of the day’s expected top lots is a Meissen porcelain reticulated floral footed basket (estimate $800-$1,200) featuring a hand-painted interior and exterior floral motif, a sculpted border, and applied floral blossoms supported with branch design feet and handles. The 4-inch-tall basket is marked on the bottom with a blue crossed-sword stamp.

The auction will begin promptly at 1 p.m. (EST), with previews scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, the day of sale, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Internet bidding will be facilitated through LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A buyer’s premium will apply to all sales.

Elite Decorative Arts is a third-generation, full-service antique and auction gallery, specializing in fine decorative arts, paintings, estate jewelry and more. The gallery is located in the Quantum Town Center, located at 1034 Gateway Boulevard (Suite 106) in Boynton Beach, Fla.

For more information, contact Elite Decorative Arts at 561-200-0893, 800-991-3340 or info@eliteauction.com.

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