Chinese Imperial wedding box, Frilli bust at Kaminski’s, June 25-26
BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions has included a fine selection of Asian items in its June 25-26 auction of fine art, antiques and furnishings. Consignments have come from estates spanning Massachusetts to Kaminski’s second location in California.
The auction will be held under the tent at Kaminski’s suburban Boston gallery, with Internet live bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.
Highlighting the Asian antiques in Friday’s session is a Chinese Imperial wedding box (est. $3,000-$5,000). The engraved brass box features five dragon heads and a polished jade medallion with a peach, bat and urn design. The tradition of the Chinese wedding box dates back a millennium, and bears a similarity to the hope chests of the Western world. The more boxes each family contributed to the marriage, the wealthier they were perceived as being. This particular example is in fine condition, with only a light patina validating its age.
Saturday’s session also features a number of rare and valuable items. Of particular interest is a marble bust by Italian sculptor Antonio Frilli (1860-1920). Titled Busto di un Giovane, the sculpture depicts a young man with his head tilted to the right. The figure’s detailed facial features and lifelike musculature are characteristic of Frilli’s Classical style, which has solidified his presence as one of the premier sculptors of the second half of the 19th century.
A fine selection of jewelry is also set to cross the auction block. Of particular interest is a yellow gold and sapphire bracelet (est. $30,000-$40,000). The bracelet features a varied array of natural unheated sapphires, in blue, yellow and violet tones, accompanied by a GIA certificate. A delicate 14K gold setting also highlights the piece.
Fine art offerings include a painting by American impressionist Morris Hall Pancoast. Burano Afternoon (est. $15,000-$18,000) is a bold and colorful watercolor depicting an afternoon canal scene. The Venetian subject matter is a departure from Pancoast’s traditional depictions of New England winter scenes, but offers the artist the opportunity to showcase a wide spectrum of color – from the sparkling turquoise water to the bright golds and yellows of the canal architecture.
“We’ve recently received a bevy of wonderful consignments from our second location in California,” said Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “It’s a pleasure to offer such fine items from the West Coast to our loyal East Coast audience, and to the world via live online bidding.”
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