GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Roland Auctions NY presented a two-day auction on November 5 and 6 featuring the collection of prominent Southampton, New York antiques dealer Jay Waldmann, whose shop Waldmann Jewelry and Antiques graced Main Street in Southampton Village for more than 20 years.
The highly-anticipated sale consisted of more than 1,000 lots, including 18th- and 19th-century fine paintings, decorative arts, silver, bronze and porcelain, all curated by Waldmann, known as the premiere dealer in the Hamptons. As recently reported, he sold his building on Main Street and chose to offer pieces from his exquisite collection at auction for the first time.
An item that received a great deal of pre-auction attention was the circa-1570 complete suit of armor for field use, made in Nurnberg (aka Nuremberg), Germany. It was original in all parts, and sold for $21,250.
Another lot that turned heads was the late 18th-century monumental Louis XVI gilt bronze clock modeled as a Neoclassical urn flanked by two allegorical putti. It was signed “Ferdinand Berthood” (French, 1727-1807), who was clockmaker to the King and Navy. It sold for $20,000.
Still another head-turner was a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk in light and dark leather with wood supports, which realized $12,500. Leading the silver selections was a 19th-century German silver dragon-form covered box/cup, which realized $5,000.
Exceptional decorative arts did well: an Emmanuel Fremiet bronze sculpture of a gorilla carrying a woman sold for $5,625; a 19th-century Russian or French Neoclassical bronze and malachite clock changed hands for $4,062; and an alabaster bust of a woman, a detail based on Antonio Canova’s work The Dancer, achieved $5,937.
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