Burchard Galleries is proud to offer this important Rembrandt Bugatti bronze elephant in their Antiques & Fine Art Auction on Feb. 19. It carries an estimate of $300,000-$500,000. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
Rare and highly prized, Bugatti’s animal bronzes have commanded in excess of $2 million at auction and are found in many museum and gallery collections all over the world.
Bugatti battled depression in his short lifetime. During World War I, the Antwerp Zoo was forced to kill most of its animals, many of which were Bugatti’s beloved subjects. He soon took his own life at age 31. He is of the same Bugatti family as Carlo, a furniture craftsman, and the most famous Ettore, automotive engineer and design legend.
The impressive elephant figure, circa 1912, has an incised signature stamped “Cire Perdue, AA Hebrard” and incised “2.” It measures 10 3/4 inches high by 15 inches long by 4 3/4 inches deep. An example of this bronze can be found page 329 of Veronique Fromanger’s Rembrandt Bugatti Repertoire Monograhique.
Also included in this fine sale are two Johann Berthelsen (1883-1972, American) oil paintings of Central Park with an estimate of $10,000-$20,000 each and a large Adolf Kaufman (Austrian, 1848/58?-1916) oil on board of the Argonnes in Autumn, along with many other fine works of art among them, a rare 1922 Erté gouache.
Also, a plethora of estate fresh antiques, fine furnishings, and stunning gold, platinum and diamond jewelry will be sold as well as many other outstanding lots, which include vintage lighting in the form of a nice Quezal five-light chandelier, art glass by Tiffany and many lots of fine sterling silver. A large collection of carved wood African figures will be offered. The collection is from the estate of James E. Adkins, a physicist, musician and major African art collector from the St. Petersburg, Fla., area.
The sale will be conducted beginning at noon Eastern on Sunday, Feb., 19, at the Burchard Galleries facility at 2528 30th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713 and also will be carried live online by LiveAuctioneers.com. Preview for the sale will be at the gallery from1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Advance seating arrangements are suggested.
For more information call Chris Ball at (727) 821-1167 or email email@example.com or visit the website at www.burchardgalleries.com.
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