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Pair of 'Chan' side tables may fetch upward of $12K

A pair of hexagonal form 'chan' side tables, courtesy of father-son design team of Philip and Kelvin Laverne is among the 300-plus lots in Antique & Modern Auction Gallery's July 29 sale.
Chan side tables

Pair of hexagonal form ‘Chan’ side tables by the renowned father-and-son furniture design team of Philip and Kelvin Laverne (est. $10,000-$12,000). (All photos courtesy Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A pair of hexagonal form ‘Chan’ side tables by Philip and Kelvin Laverne and a 1906 oil on canvas painting by American artist Ben Austrian (1870-1921) will be part of Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery’s next auction on Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm Eastern.

The auction will be held in Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery’s showroom, located at 811A Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. More than 300 lots will come up for bid. For those unable to attend in person, internet bidding will be facilitated by,,, and eBay Live. Telephone and absentee (or left) bids will also be accepted.

The sale is being billed as a Fine Artwork, Porcelain, Glass & Chinese Works auction. “We have a great mix of high-end artwork pieces by noted, listed artists, Murano art glass, Chinese works and estate jewelry,” said Scott Cieckiewicz of Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery. “We have always loved Mid-Century Modern furniture, and the Laverne side tables are a superb example.”

Side Tables Reflect Work of Father-Son Team

Lots may be viewed online now, at Lot #4 is the pair of ‘Chan’ side tables by the renowned father-and-son furniture design team of Philip (1907-1987) and Kelvin (b. 1937) Laverne. The hexagonal form tables depict a continuous figural courtyard scene and are comprised of etched and enameled metal on wood. They should gavel for $10,000-$12,000.

The oil painting by Ben Austrian depicts a Jack Russell terrier dog seated alongside a chick and is titled Shame on You. The 31 ½ inch by 25 ½ inch work (framed) should bring $8,000-$12,000.

Beautiful Chinese porcelain pieces will feature a 19th century blue and white vase of flattened hexagonal form with painted landscape and dragon scenes and calligraphy marks applied to the underside (est. $1,200-$1,800); and a famille rose vase having floral sprays over a grey ground and landscape scenes with pagodas to the center plaque, 21 inches in height (est. $800-$1,200).

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Also up for bid in the category is a 19th-century Chinese famille rose porcelain vase with applied

Blue and white Chinese vase

Chinese porcelain 19th century blue and white vase of flattened hexagonal form with painted landscape and dragon scenes (est. $1,200-$1,800).

handles having two large painted panels to front and back and relief decoration throughout (est. $1,200-$1,600). Chinese jade will feature an 8-inch-tall lavender jadeite carved sculpture that depicts a fish shooting water from its mouth, surrounded by young children (est. $2,500-$3,500).

In addition to the 'chan' side tables, other Chinese jadeite offerings will include a carving depicting a seated maiden with a flowing robe, with a bird carrying a beaded necklace to the top right, 7 ½ inches tall (est. $1,600-$1,800); and a covered urn with bamboo motif and showing a pair of boys, each one holding the end of the carved jade chain, securing the lid. The 7-inch-tall urn is expected to sell for $1,600-$1,800.

One of the paintings in the sale could well end up being the top-selling lot. It’s an oil on canvas by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim (although he lived most of his adult life in Paris). The work in the sale, done circa 1903, is titled The Stairwell, Granada and is artist signed. It’s expected to command $20,000-$4,000.

Ocean Art by Chase Could Command $8,000+

An oil on canvas painting by another renowned American painter, William Merrit Chase (1849-1916), executed around 1900 and titled Cabin on the Dunes, Long Island, signed lower left, has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000; while an untitled oil on canvas painting by the Russian-American artist Alexander Liberman (1912-1999), signed and dated 1963, should finish at $3,500-$5,000.

A pair of mixed media on paper works by the American artist Robert Burns Motherwell (1915-1991) have identical pre-sale estimates of $6,000-$8,000. One is titled Art in America and the other is titled Fourth of July. Both are pencil signed lower right by the artist and dated (1960).

Headlining the Murano (Italy) art glass category are a pair of creations by Dino Martens (1894-1970) for Aureliano Toso. One is a Mestizia art glass vase, internally decorated with filigree (est. $1,600-$1,800); the other is an Oriente art glass vase, opaque polychrome internally decorated glass with pinwheel and murine patch glass (est. $3,500-$4,000). Both were made in the early 1950s.

Art Glass, Estate Jewelry Also On Offer

Murano vase

Murano (Italy) Oriente art glass vase by Dino Martens (1894-1970) for Aureliano Toso, opaque polychrome internally decorated (est. $3,500-$4,000).

Another noteworthy Murano art glass piece is a ‘Battuto’ wheel-carved glass vase, made circa 1950 by Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) for Venini, clear green glass with a ‘hammered’ effect throughout and having a constricted, pear-shaped glass body, 7 inches tall (est. $1,500-$2,000).

Superstar lots of the fine estate jewelry category promise to be a platinum ring centered by a jaw-dropping, 7.45-carat European-cut center stone, graded SI-1 for clarity and O-P for color (est. $20,000-$40,000); and a lovely platinum Art Deco brooch having an estimated 11.27 total carat diamond weight, with most of the diamonds VS in clarity and G-I in color (est. $2,500-$3,000).

An exhibition preview will be held Friday, July 28th, from 11-5. Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery is seeking quality consignments for future auctions. Appointments for evaluations are available Monday thru Friday, from 10-6. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery at 561-318-1834 or e-mail to

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