Bronzes, silver, rare Louis Vuitton mini trunk grace Sterling’s Mar. 20 auction

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Christopher S. Gerlach (b. 1952-), Morning on Lake Lagunitas, oil depiction of old boathouse in Marin County, California, 1987, 60 x 84in. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

NORWOOD, N.J. – Sterling Associates is known for its eclectic auctions of fine art, furniture, lighting and other quality collectibles sourced from tri-state-area estates. An integral part of Bergen County, New Jersey’s arts community for two generations, Sterling’s online-only sales are unique in that all goods may be previewed ahead of time at the company’s physical premises in Norwood. Continuing that tradition, on March 20 the Sterling team will conduct its first spring 2019 event, a diverse 212-lot auction of fine art, jewelry and estate goods. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Several outstanding European bronzes will be offered, including a Pierre Marius Montagne (1828-1879) work titled Rastender Merkur. Standing 19 inches high, it is estimated at $1,200-$1,500. Of larger size, a Henri Godet Art Nouveau bronze titled Le Reveil de L’Aurore measures 30in high, is signed “Godet” and could likely bring $3,000-$5,000.

Pierre Marius Montagne (1828-1879), Rastender Merkur, bronze on faux marble base, 19in high. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500

Pierre Marius Montagne (1828-1879), Rastender Merkur, bronze on faux marble base, 19in high. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500

Christopher S. Gerlach’s realistic landscape titled Morning on Lake Lagunitas (shown at top of page) depicts an old boathouse in Marin County, California, amid lush foliage, its image mirrored on the water. An accomplished oil-on-canvas created in 1987, the California regional artwork measures 60 by 84 inches and is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

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Wallace 93-piece sterling silver flatware service in the Grande Baroque pattern, housed in Guildcraft silverware chest. Estimate: $2,200-$2,400

Exquisite sterling silver wares from distinguished estates include a Wallace 93-piece flatware service in the revered “Grande Baroque” pattern. Ornate and substantial, this formal silver service is presented in a Guildcraft chest and carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,200-$2,400.

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Rare Louis Vuitton ‘Malle Fleurs’ [Floral Trunk] miniature trunk produced as a gift for a loyal customer, circa 1930s, stamped Louis Vuitton/Made in France with serial number, 11 x 4 3/8 x 5½ inches. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000

A rare Rare Louis Vuitton ‘Malle Fleurs’ [Floral Trunk] miniature trunk, made in the 1930s, is stamped Louis Vuitton/Made in France on its inner leather strap and also bears a serial number. Stephen D’Atri explained that diminutive trunks of this type were “modeled after the monogram canvas ‘cabin’ trunk and were presented as gifts from Louis Vuitton to loyal customers.” It measures 11 inches wide by 4 3/8 inches high by 5½ inches deep and is estimated at $8,000-$10,000.
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Antique/vintage painted and carved-wood folk art tiger in the manner of Felipe Archuleta, 25in high x 10in wide. Estimate: $800-$1,200

Two antique/vintage folk art lots to watch include carved and painted animals created in the manner of Felipe Archuleta (1910-1991). A 37-inch-tall bunny, white with red accents, could hop to a winning bid of $800-$1,200, while a striking 25-inch orange, black and white painted tiger with intensely gazing eyes is similarly estimated.

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Henri Godet, Art Nouveau bronze titled Le Reveil de L’Aurore, 30in high, signed ‘Godet.’ Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

Sterling Associates’ March 20 Fine Art & Estate Auction will begin at 11 a.m. US Eastern time. Sterling Associates, Inc., is a full-service brick-and-mortar auction house. The company’s “hybrid auctions” are conducted online through LiveAuctioneers, just like a live auction, but without a live audience in attendance.

For additional information on any item, call 201-768-1140 or email info@antiquenj.com.