Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
St. Petersburg, FL, United States
DoneSun, Feb 10, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
European & Asian Antiques & Fine Art Auction
European and Asian Antiques and Fine Art featuring the Cesare Barbieri collection. It was an elegantly simple but universally embraced paper container – the cone-shape Dixie Cup – that enabled millionaire inventor and philanthropist Cesare Barbieri to amass the spectacular collection of European paintings, bronzes, Asian art and Oriental rugs featured in Myers Auction Gallery’s Feb. 10 auction. The Italian-born Barbieri (1878-1956) held more than 100 patents, including one issued in 1926 for conical Dixie Cups and the machinery that manufactured them. He also possessed a finely tuned eye for classical art and design. The featured Barbieri collection includes magnificent paintings, bronzes, antique clocks, Oriental rugs, furniture and carved ivories. Among the top pieces is a graceful marble nude titled “The Flower of the Alps,” by Attilio Piccirilli, An extraordinary artwork from Villa Barbieri, “Portrait of Gabrielle de Bourbon,” Another standout is a signed Tommaso Gentile (Italian, 1853-?) bronze mirror adorned by two nude women, a tall-case clock with Joshua Wilson (London) 17th/18th-century movement in a Philadelphia Chippendale walnut case, an impressive pair of 19th-century marble Bacchanalian garden herms topped by carved busts of a satyr and nude maiden. Many other estate antiques will be sold including fine porcelain, art glass, silver, jewelry, paintings, estate oriental rugs, Japanese swords and guns, Asian porcelain and pottery. You can drive off with your purchases by your winning bid on a 2007 Ferrari F430 with less than 3,000 miles or a 19th century boneshaker bicycle. Please join us. We have our preview on Saturday Feb. 9 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10- to auction start at 12 Noon. Early preview available by appointment.