Florida public auction offers pieces by Europe’s finest silversmiths

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. will conduct a two-session spring auction May 14-15 at 6 pm. The auction holds collection of important and rare English and Irish silver, fine quality Chinese Ming, Qing, and Early Republic jades and porcelains, Vienna enamels, and fine quality American and European antiques and fine art. The auction will take place at the firm’s gallery at 1609 South Dixie Highway, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Fla. Internet bidding is available via LiveAuctioneers.com.

Public auction highlights include the works of England’s most important silversmiths Paul DeLamarie (1688-1751), Paul Storr (1771-1844) and Benjamin Smith III (1793-1850). Each is considered as the finest silversmiths in their day with DeLamarie proclaimed by the Victoria and Albert museum as “the greatest silversmith working in the 18th century.” The collection has several fine examples of artistry in silver. The pieces by DeLamarie are few and far between. There are three examples by the silversmith including a George II chocolate pot, London, dated 1730, along with a George I mug and a 1747 snuffer tray.

Paul Storr tea kettle on stand  Superb George IV Paul Storr Sterling Silver Tea Kettle.

There are several outstanding pieces by Paul Storr, whose reputation rests on his mastery of the restrained neo-Classical style developed in the Regency period and his later florid designs in the rococo styles. A George IV tea kettle on stand, London 1827, is an example of his mastery of silver. The piece is detailed in the rococo style with heavily chased flowers and foliage and the swing handles with stylized dolphins. An early piece for Storr is an 1806 punch bowl with a later associated ladle from 1816 is classic for the Regency period.

The auction will also offer a collection of Chinese and Japanese objects d’art. This auction will have several pieces including an ancient Chinese Bi jade/stone disk, 15-inch diameter, and probably Liangzhu culture, Yuhang, Zheziang Province (31st/22nd century B.C.). These mysterious objects called Bi disks are symbolic of the sun spirit and as a symbol wealth.

Chinese white and celadon jades are featured, including an 18th century large white jade plaque carved with bats and prunus mounted in a silver box; an 18th century Ming white jade hairpin with pierced flowers, similar examples in the Seattle Museum of Art; a Ming celadon jade carved and pierced plaque mounted in a later export silver buckle; and an antique apple green jade pierced bead necklace with 65 beads with splashes of emerald green. The necklace is all natural and set with 18-karat white gold with diamond point spacers.

Viennese enamel rock crystal cornucopia  Important Viennese Enamel and Rock Crystal Cornucopia

Four lots of Viennese enamels are being offered. The group is a tour de force in enamels with an enamel, silver, lapiz lazuli, and rock crystal ewer by Austrian maker Herman Bohm; a rock crystal and enamel bird form cornucopia circa 1880 and a French 19th century large covered bowl with military scenes painted in the reserves.

Other fine antique offerings include a well-executed piece of Judaica: an English sterling silver Torah breast plate with jewelling. Additionally, a large French Empire circa 1800 bronze ormolu figural clock and an Austrian Vienna style painted porcelain urn and cover, 24 inches high are featured.

A selection of estate fine art will include a Picasso etching from the Vollard suite, “Minotaur Attacking an Amazon”; an American still life of raspberries by J. J. LaValley; two paintings by Polish artist Zofia Stryjenska; a drawing by American sculptor Richard MacDonald; and a regal English portrait of a military colonel by John St. Helier Lander dated 1913. Several works by Miami outsider legend Purvis Young and two autographed books by Andy Warhol will also be sold.

A gallery preview will begin on Wednesday, May 9 and run daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sunday, and on Monday and Tuesday, May 14-15.

For information, condition reports, and/or detailed photographs, contact Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches at 561-805-7115 or info[at]agopb.com. Live Internet bidding is available with telephone and absentee bidding for qualified bidders.

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