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French articulated artist’s wooden horse model, est. $1,500-$2,500

Auctions at Showplace presents the rare and unusual, April 24

French articulated artist’s wooden horse model, est. $1,500-$2,500
French articulated artist’s wooden horse model, est. $1,500-$2,500

NEW YORK – Auctions at Showplace will present a sale of 280 lots from New York City Metropolitan area estates on Sunday, April 24. Offerings will include furniture by Paul McCobb, George Nakashima, Paul Evans, and Fritz Hansen. Other highlights include a French articulated horse model, Louis Mendez sculptures, and art and prints from Cindy Sherman, Salvador Dali, Daniele Donde, Robert Gwathmey and Umetaro Azechi. A wide array of silver, porcelain, glass, jewelry and paintings complete the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

First among the highlights is an African feather-covered burlap dance cape, likely from the Ivory Coast region. Each feather is inverted and stitched to a repurposed burlap grain sack with an aperture for the head and arms. It is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

African feather-covered dance garment, Ivory Coast, est. $8,000-$12,000
African feather-covered dance garment, Ivory Coast, est. $8,000-$12,000

Just as stunning is a lot from the jewelry selection in the April 24 sale: a sculptural Lotus Arts de Vivre 18K yellow gold, amethyst and Venetian glass beaded bib-style collar necklace, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. It is comprised of 40 graduated oblong faceted-cut amethyst beads and approximately 87 gold-tone venetian glass beads, all capped with yellow gold ball ends on a woven black cord necklace. The piece is accompanied by its original presentation box.

Lotus Arts de Vivre 18K amethyst and glass necklace, est. $4,000-$6,000
Lotus Arts de Vivre 18K amethyst and glass necklace, est. $4,000-$6,000

The sale continues with an exciting collection of Mid-century Modern furniture, opening with a George Nakashima carved wooden stool, estimated at $2,000-$4,000. The piece has provenance from Louis Mendez, a friend of Nakashima. Also worthy of mention is a vintage Isamu Noguchi for Herman Miller coffee table with a patinated carved wood base. The table was acquired directly from Herman Miller and has had only one owner.

 George Nakashima stool, est. $2,000-$4,000

George Nakashima stool, est. $2,000-$4,000

Decorative arts on offer include a French articulated hardwood artist’s horse mannequin model on a rectangular base with two adjustable rods. Its estimate is $1,500-$2,500.

George III sterling silver tea set, est. $2,000-$4,000
George III sterling silver tea set, est. $2,000-$4,000

Silver seekers will delight in a George III sterling silver tea set comprising four pieces: one large lidded teapot, one small pot, a cream jug, and a double-handled sugar pot. The set is by Samuel Hennell of London, is decorated with scrolling foliate rims and scalloped bodies, and weighs 56.5 troy ounces.

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