BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – An oil on board painting attributed to the iconic American painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), a magnificent ruby, diamond and 14kt gold jewelry suite and an oil on canvas figural rendering by the noted Russian artist Sergei Vinogradov (1869-1938) are just a few of the more than 300 quality lots that will come up for bid at Elite Decorative Arts.
The auction, totaling 335 lots, will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at Elite Decorative Arts’ gallery, located in the Quantum Town Center at 1034 Gateway Blvd. in Boynton Beach, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Previews will be held Friday, Oct. 10, from 11-5, and on Saturday, the day of sale, from 11-1. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
The sale is being billed as a Fine Antiques, Artwork and Decorative Arts Auction. It will feature porcelain pieces, wonderful estate jewelry, original works of art, sterling silver, bronze, art glass, Russian works, decorative accessories and more. It will also be one of the last auctions that Elite Decorative Arts will conduct at its present location before moving into a new gallery in January.
The oil on board attributed to Jackson Pollock carries a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$50,000. It is 36 inches wide by 23 inches tall and depicts human forms and shadows. Housed in its original silver leaf frame, the work is dedicated on the back to Fred Maxwell, the San Francisco art dealer who distributed Pollock’s paintings early on in his career, plus a receipt of sale dated Aug. 1953.
The ruby, diamond and 14kt gold jewelry suite (est. $25,000-$35,000) consists of an 18-inch-long, 14kt white gold necklace boasting 21 large oval-shaped and brilliant cut rubies, all having VS clarity with good strong color; a matching set of earrings; and a handmade ruby ring with an 18.40-carat brilliant cut ruby. The suite’s replacement value was appraised at $45,000-$50,000.
The painting by Sergei Vinogradov depicts a peasant woman feeding chickens and is signed and dated (1894) at lower left. The work, measuring 10 inches by 17 inches, with a 3-inch frame, was consigned by a prominent Miami Beach estate and is expected to hammer for $18,000-$25,000. Vinogradov was a leading Russian Impressionist whose works today routinely bring six figures.
A large (89 inches tall) unsigned Art Nouveau bronze of Diana the Huntress, originally acquired at the Paris Exhibition of 1888 (according to the estate that consigned it), weighs just about 100 pounds and is expected to realize $3,000-$5,000. It is a monumental bronze work, one that was brought over from Europe in the 1930s and adorned the porch of a prominent Palm Beach estate.
An extraordinary pair of Russian silver and enamel chalices (stemmed wine cups), each one 10 inches tall and with a combined weight of 48 troy ounces, should command $7,000-$8,000. Also, an extremely ornate antique sterling and crystal English cruet set consisting of eight large bottles, all fitted into a sterling silver base, with 19th century British hallmarks, should hit $1,500-$2,000.
A huge and impressive Meissen floral bowl with reticulated porcelain throughout and with many hand-painted applied flowers on the inside and outside, has a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$2,000. The bowl, measuring 20 inches by 15 inches and weighing 10.5 pounds, is perched on four vine-shaped legs and maintains blue cross swords under the base. It’s a beautiful decorative accessory.
Returning to artwork, an oil on canvas painting housed in the original frame by the Lithuanian-born American artist Max Band (1900-1974), titled Orchard in Bloom, should sell for $1,400-$1,800. The painting comes with the original gallery book, signed by Band when the work was first sold, in February 1944. Band lived and worked most of his adult life in Hollywood, Calif.
A 19th century, hand-painted KPM plaque depicting the Biblical character Ruth with a sheath of wheat, marked and incised to the back KPM and measuring 6 inches by 9 ½ inches, is expected to sell for $800-$1,200. The jewelry category will feature a vintage 18kt yellow gold enameled and diamond ladybug pin with sapphire eyes made in Italy mid-20th century (est. $1,500-$1,800).
A fabulous late 19th century Regina music box and cabinet in good working condition
and with 31 accompanying discs is expected to play a sweet tune for $2,500-$3,000. The music box comes with the original oak case, with a double comb and hinged lid. Overall, it measures 12 inches in height by 22 inches in width. Included in the lot is a disc stand that measures 33 inches in height.
A Russian enamel and silver kovsh (traditional oval-shaped Russian drinking vessel or ladle), 6 inches long and weighing 5.5 troy ounces, should coast to $1,200-$1,600; and a pair of late 19th century French Sevres cobalt lamps, hand-painted in colonial scenes, signed by the artist (Petit), perched on a brass base with dore bronze finials of a watchman, is expected to hit $800-$1,200.
Elite Decorative Arts is currently accepting quality consignments for its November 1 Decorative Arts Auction and its November 22 Chinese Works Auction. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or collection, you may call them at (561) 200-0893; or, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Elite Decorative Arts consistently attracts upscale bidders to its auctions.
To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the firm’s upcoming calendar of events, please visit www.eliteauction.com.