Charleston Estate Auctions staging high-end sale June 29

Lots 107 and 116: Maitland Smith torch floor lamps, 6 1/2 feet tall. Estimate: $4,500–$5,500 each. Charleston Estate Auctions image.

Lots 107 and 116: Maitland Smith torch floor lamps, 6 1/2 feet tall. Estimate: $4,500–$5,500 each. Charleston Estate Auctions image.

 

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Charleston Estate Auctions will present The Notable Private Collections Auction on June 29. The auction offers important items from a Charlotte Street residence in Charleston, a private Charleston-Paris collector, as well as, the estate of a Litchfield, Conn., antique dealer.

Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

The 250-plus lots in the auction include exceptional 19th–20th century period fine art and antiques, Maitland Smith & Theodore Alexander furniture and bronzes, French post-impressionist oils, antique Japanese wood blocks, notable modern and period paintings and prints, American pottery, Waterford crystal, sterling silver by Towle, handwoven rugs, mirrors, African baskets and fine jewelry including a circa 1780 enameled necklace.

Main attractions are Lots 107 and 116: monumental Maitland Smith torch floor lamps (above) that are stunning examples of exceptional bronze work. The bronze busts of Poseidon and his wife Amphitrite are set atop mahogany Ionic-style columns, topped with bronze shell crowns, and holding up Penshell torch shades. Both lamps are working, with dimming lights, and stand more than 6 feet tall. Approximate value for the pair is $7,000- $9,000.

An original gouache on paper by Gioacchino La Pira (1839-1870) of a moonlit night on the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius erupting (below) is expected to bring $4,500-$6,500. Considered one of the best and most renowned artists of “Gouaches Napoletane,” La Pira was active mainly in the Naples area in the mid-19th century. The framed piece measures 23 by 29 inches.

 

Gioacchino La Pira (1839-1870) Original Gouache on Paper. A Moonlit Night on the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius erupting. Charleston Estate Auctions image

Gioacchino La Pira (1839-1870) original gouache on paper, moonlit night on the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius erupting. Charleston Estate Auctions image

 

Lot 93 is a 19th century Ecole Francaise oil on canvas painting depicting two washerwomen on the banks of a river. Its magnificent carved gilt wood and gesso period French Frame measures 25 3/4 by 19 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches. It is estimated at $1,100-$1,400.

 

Antique 19th century Ecole Francaise 'Les Lavandieres au bord de la Riviere,' oil on canvas. Charleston Estate Auctions image

Antique 19th century Ecole Francaise ‘Les Lavandieres au bord de la Riviere,’ oil on canvas. Charleston Estate Auctions image

 

Fine furniture includes a carved mahogany framed and parcel gilt leather chesterfield, part of the Theodore Alexander replica collection. It is 57 inches wide by 33 inches deep by 38 inches high. The estimate is $2,800- $3,200.

 

Theodore Alexander Classical Revival chesterfield. Charleston Estate Auctions image

Theodore Alexander Classical Revival chesterfield. Charleston Estate Auctions image

 

A beautiful 14K white gold diamond engagement ring that has a total carat weight of 1.19 carats is like new and carries a $8,500-$9,000 estimate. The center of the ring features a round brilliant cut 0.91-carat diamond set in a Lucita-style head.

 

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.