AuctionLife Florida to present over 300 lots at inaugural sale July 24
BOCA RATON, Fla. – A beautiful and large micromosaic table made in Rome, Italy around 1850 – circular in shape and made from black marble, with the top inlaid with semi-precious stones – is the expected headliner at the inaugural sale of AuctionLife Florida, set for Sunday, July 24, in the Ramada Boca Raton hotel at 701 Northwest 53rd St., beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.
The table carries a presale estimate of $25,000-$45,000 and depicts St. Peter’s Square in the center and four Roman sites interconnected by floral festoons, a motif popularized by the artist Cavalier Barberi, who began using it around 1840. Each scene is bordered with what appears to be coral, followed by malachite, the whole surrounded by a band of micromosaic lapis lazuli.
The table was once valued at $200,000 by the International Society of Appraisers (a valuation sheet is included with the lot). Also, the micromosaic work is attributed to the Vatican Workshop.
It is the first auction ever for AuctionLife Florida, which has offices in Palm Beach County, but chose a nice hotel in upscale Boca Raton for its debut event. “I’ve been blessed to have attracted several major estates plus other fine consignments for my first sale, said Tarek Jabaly, the owner and auctioneer of AuctionLife Florida. Jabaly has 10-plus years of auction experience in the area.
There will be just over 300 lots for bidders to consider, to include sculptures, bronzes, furniture (some of it Mid-Century Modern), jewelry, coins, artwork, porcelains, fine decorative items and a few Asian objects.
A strong candidate for runner-up top lot should be a marble sculpture by the Italian artist Luigi Guglielmi (1834-1907), titled Eve with Serpent. The 30-inch-tall sculpture, from the Belle Epoque series and executed in the late 19th century, is estimated at $5,000-$8,000.
Two lots carry estimates of $3,000-$6,000. One is a Continental marble clock candelabra garniture set (below), with the candelabra 30 inches by 10 inches and the clock 20 inches by 20 inches. The other is a pair of French 19th century Napoleon III-style ormolu and patinated bronze ewers, 33 1/2 inches tall, on round bases, with cherubs throughout.
AuctionLife Florida’s consulting specialists have over 50 years’ of combined experience in the fields of estate jewelry, fine art, sterling silver, diamonds and antiques. Auctioneer and owner Tarek Jabaly has been heavily involved in the South Florida auction industry for years, as an auctioneer, estate buyer, manager, auction coordinator, consignor liaison and other functions.
For details contact AuctionLife Florida at 561-757-1551 or email them email@example.com.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.