SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – On Sunday, June 12 at 11 am Pacific time, Fine Estate Inc. will conduct a Fine Estate Summer Auction. Almost 200 lots of paintings, decorative arts and fine jewelry will be offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Among the top lots is Republica de El Presidente, an ink on paper painting by Oscar de Las Flores estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Known for his sharp lines and elaborately layered and grotesque works, Flores speaks to the dichotomy between external chaos and internal despair.
Republica de El Presidente depicts a contrast between unabashedly cruel politicians and the displaced general public, a scene which closely mirrors political upheavals Flores experienced as a child growing up during El Salvador’s Civil War. These two clashing parties make for an unsettling and frightening landscape, one that invokes a sense of reality as much as it does fiction.
Also on offer are notable paintings depicting the San Francisco Bay area, such as Landscape by Henrietta Berk, estimated at $10,000-$12,000, and also After the Swim by Eileen David, estimated at $2,500-$3,500.
Berk’s Landscape reflects the artist’s involvement in the Bay Area Figurative Movement and is noted for its strong colors and shapes. After the Swim by David captures an idealistic scene of the San Francisco Bay during the summertime.
A stunning silver highlight from the June 12 sale lineup is a Tiffany & Co. sterling dolphin and shell bowl estimated at $12,000-$15,000. This oval lobed silver gilt basin is monogrammed and inscribed with the following note on its underside: “Andrew Bell Forbes, a birthday remembrance, from his friends and associates in the Mutual Life, New York, July 15th 1899.”
Andrew Bell Forbes arrived in San Francisco in 1849. He eventually became an agent for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company and shipped mail from Panama to the West Coast, and also later served as a manager for the Mutual Life company of New York. This intricate piece is cast with a band of shells and dolphins raised on foliate scrolled supports.
Of the numerous fine jewelry lots available in this auction, a standout is the Colombian emerald, diamond and 14K gold ring estimated at $12,000-$14,000. Centered by an 11.75-carat Colombian emerald and bordered by 25 round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of 1.50 carats, the ring is accompanied by a AGL Prestige Gemstone Report No. 1122600, dated May 10, 2022, confirming the Colombian origin of the green stone.
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