Artists offered in the sale will include Frederico Andreotti, John Arthur Elsley, John Mogford, and Paul Renard. Andreotti’s painting of a mandolin painter is predicted to be the top lot of the sale with an estimate of $10,000 to $20,000. The Florence Academy trained artist originally captured his contemporary audience’s interest with scenes of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries: rosey images of lovers, cavaliers, and idyllic picnickers. The mandolin player, gazing dreamily upwards, revives the romantic delicacy central to Andreotti’s works, and is sure to entice many collectors.
Two Old Master paintings will also feature in the sale. One, previously purchased at Christie’s in 1995, is attributed to Francesco Trevisani, the Venetian painter of the Late Baroque period. His painting pictures the Madonna and child with Saint John the Baptist, and is valued at $3,000 to $5,000. Of the selection of Old Masters to be offered in the sale, a small painting by Jan Josef Horemans the Younger is of particularly good quality. The Flemish painter’s oil on canvas work pictures Abraham receiving three angels in the guise of men. The scene narrates the events of Genesis 18, and is currently estimated at $6,000 to $7,000.
A dynamic shipwreck painting by English landscape artist John Mogford is also among the top lots, and is predicted to sell for between $3,000 and $5,000. Mogford’s soft landscapes of the vast English countryside will be complemented by the urban Parisian scenes of Paul Renard. With a different kind of softness, Renard captured the close atmosphere of a Parisian street in his 24 x 24 inch painting to be offered at Kaminski (estimated $2,000 to $3,000).
Collectors of Russian items will find a beautiful Eighteenth century icon of the Kazan Mother of God inlaid with natural pearls and jewels, estimated at $5,000 to $8,000, as well as an exquisite selection of Russian enamel and silver items. The ornate icon comes from the collection of Peter Denisevich, who served as a military attache in Moscow in 1946.
The auction will present a number of other pieces from Mr. Denisevich’s collection as well, including a set of remarkable Russian and Romanian candlesticks, and an icon of Saint Christopher, inlaid with Rostov Finift sterling silver with an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500. From another collection comes a Russian guilloche enameled card case from St. Petersburg, approximately dated at 1908-1917. The case carries an oval Kokoshnik mark: a Greek alpha, a head facing right, and an 84 mark, and has an estimate of $2,000 to $4,000.
Other silver offerings include a sterling silver German tea set also from the collection of Mr. Denisevich. The set weighs approximately 148.3 troy ounces and is inscribed with a Handarbiet signature. It is estimated at $2,500 to $3,500.
Of particular interest is a early and unusual Twentieth Century ivory golf trophy. The trophy, from the turn of the century, is exquisitely made with rich carving and English sterling silver. It is predicted to sell for between $600 and $800.
Photography enthusiasts will enjoy a selection of Annie Lebovitz images consigned to Kaminski by her personal darkroom assistant. The photographs offered include a nude pregnancy portrait of Demi Moore (estimated $2,000 to $3,000), as well a portrait of Isabella Rossellini and David Lynch (estimated at $800 to $1,200).
In addition to these important artists and striking decorative pieces, the July auction will also include a diverse variety of estate jewelry and continental furniture. Among the furniture highlights are an Italian coffee table with burl walnut legs, estimated at $2,250 and $2,750, and a French style inlaid pier table with ormolu mounts estimated at $600 to $1,000.
The estate jewelry collection includes a selection of 18K gold bracelets, as well as two noteworthy 18K gold and diamond rings, estimated at $3,500 to $4,500 and $7,500 to $8,500.
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