NEW YORK – On April 11, Auctions at Showplace will kick off its spring 2021 auction season with a sale featuring fine jewelry from a 79th Street estate including Angela Cummings, Cartier, Marina B., Asprey, Tiffany & Co., and others. Also of note is a collection of photography from the collection of New York Live Arts, including several images of artistic director Bill T. Jones. A Meissen porcelain chinoiserie nodder figure leads a selection of decorative arts from a 57th street estate, and the fine art section spotlights a Sigmund Menkes painting and an unusual Jenny Holzer LED sculpture. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.
Fine jewelry highlights include an Angela Cummings 18K yellow gold matte-finish diamond and colored stone link bracelet with hidden safety clasp, custom made circa 2000. Also featured is a pair of 1980s 18K yellow gold Paon heart-shape clip earrings by French designer Marina B. The earrings boast an old mine-cut diamond on each earclip above raised surrounding layers containing 47 graduating round brilliant-cut diamonds, pave-set on each ear and totaling 94 diamonds. Another notable fine jewelry lot is a pair of Asprey 18K yellow gold, diamond, ruby and Keshi freshwater pearl cluster clip earrings. They are bezel-set with 15 round brilliant-cut diamonds and 15 round faceted cut rubies. Featured lots also include a large Venetian Italian micromosaic glass mirror, likely late 19th or early 20th century Murano. It is decorated with intricate inlaid tiny glass tesserae, and its corners depict the symbol of Venice, St. Mark’s Lion, holding a Latin inscription, “PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEVS,” which translates to “Peace unto you, Mark, my Evangelist.”
Additional fine jewelry highlights include a platinum and diamond spray brooch with 81 mixed cut diamonds including round brilliant-cut, marquise, and baguettes. Also featured is a 14K yellow gold and diamond hexagon-shaped link tennis bracelet, which is set with 42 round brilliant-cut diamonds. Another Angela Cummings piece on offer is a pair of 18K yellow gold and platinum diamond clip earrings set with 44 round brilliant-cut diamonds. Also included is a Cartier 18K yellow gold sphere link bracelet with a pierced heart box clasp and a heart-shape key. Jeweled objects feature as well, such as an Asprey 18K yellow gold owl head ovoid hinged pill box.
A section of costume jewelry and luxury goods opens with a Chanel Runway neon pink plexiglass charm necklace with a leather and gold-tone chain. Next is an early 1980s Chanel Runway oversized black leather and gold-tone logo bracelet. The sale also includes a Chanel brown crocodile handbag, circa 1980, with gold-tone hardware and double handles. A collection of Hermes scarves round out the collection of luxury goods.
Fine art offerings include a still life by Zygmunt Menkes, aka Sigmund Menkes, depicting a raised dish with fruits and a vase with flowers. A label that reads, “Rudolph Galleries…Woodstock, N. Y.”,is affixed to the back side of the frame. The sale continues with an LED and metal sculpture by Jenny Holzer, number 57 of 100 from the Survival Series, which she produced between 1983 and 1985. An LED sign at the center of the figure includes a text crawl displaying a loop of Holzerian phrases such as “MEN DONT PROTECT YOU ANYMORE,” “THE FUTURE IS STUPID” and “SPIT ALL OVER SOMEONE WITH A MOUTHFUL OF MILK IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT SOMETHING ABOUT THEIR PERSONALITY FAST.”
Fine art continues with landscape and cityscape paintings by Jacques Bouyssou and Arnold Blanch, as well as a pair of Herb Ritts photographs of iconic dancers Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones from the collection of New York Live Arts. Prints by Cindy Sherman and Robert Rauschenberg and bronzes by Jim Sutter and Abbott Pattison conclude the section.
The April 11 auction includes a wide variety of decorative arts pieces. Of note is a late 19th century Meissen paint decorated porcelain nodding pagoda figure attired in a floral robe and modeled seated with its legs crossed. Also on offer is a Russian Neoclassical style gilt bronze mounted malachite-veneered centerpiece bowl decorated with acanthus, floral, and wreath motifs and raised on lion paw feet. The section continues with a Lalique Bacchantes large glass vase in its original box. Another featured lot is a set of ten Christopher Dresser for Minton parcel-gilt porcelain dinner plates, dating to circa 1870. The plates are enamel and gilt decorated in the Aesthetic pattern, and the rims include butterfly and floral motifs on a turquoise-blue ground bordered with gilt bands reminiscent of cloisonne. The centers are decorated with various maritime and pastoral landscape scenes.
Leading the furniture section is a pair of Sergio Rodrigues Brazilian mid-century modern Beto armchairs with chenille upholstery and jacaranda wood arms on metal bases. Following is a pair of Joaquim Tenreiro Brazilian mid-century modern arm chairs with ultra-suede style upholstery, jacaranda wood legs, and high backs trimmed with brass nail heads. Modern highlights conclude with a pair of Branco & Preto Brazilian mid-century modern side tables with glass tops set in caviuna wood frames.
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