Elegant antiques await discovery in Jan. 4 ‘Cerca Trova’ auction
NEW YORK – “Cerca Trova” is a centuries-old Italian phrase, credited to Giorgio Vasari, which translates to “seek and you shall find.” Jasper52‘s January 4 Cerca Trova sale promises 393 lots that you will suddenly realize you want upon seeing them. The auction, which will commence on Tuesday, January 4 at 8 pm EST features delights ranging from a 19th-century Rococo console with mirror; a pair of cups by Christofle; cupboards and commodes; toothpick holders fashioned from silver; a gramophone with a brass-covered wooden horn; a miniature Japanese porcelain tea set; a 16th-century oil-on-copper painting of the Pieta, or the Virgin Mary holding the body of the deceased Christ; a bronze table clock; a unique 19th-century piece by Baccarat; steamer trunks for travel; a lacquered Showa Period (1926-1989) ikebana vase; wooden models of sailboats; cloisonne pots; a faience tureen; several sets of chairs designed by Angelo Pinaffo; a bronze mortar with pestle; books and coins; an erotic pocket watch in a silver case; religious lithographs; and a 20th-century suite of furniture featuring a settee and two armchairs with sumptuously carved and gilded wood. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Among the likely top performers in the January 4 sale is a handsome 19th-century Rococo console with mirror, estimated at $6,000-$7,000. Fashioned from wood, marble and glass, the furniture boasts carved and hollow wood carving, with plant motifs and a marble top.
Just as compelling is a 19th-century piece by Baccarat, estimated at $29,000-$35,000. Standing 23in tall and created from silver, crystal and marble, the work looks absolutely spectacular, but it’s not clear what, exactly, it is meant to be, but its cup-like bowl with handles suggest it might make a superlative trophy.
Another unquestionable prize is a suite of furniture dating to the 20th century that consists of a settee and two armchairs graced with spectacularly gilded wood. The wood is heavy and solid, and the style is as Rococo as possible. The suite carries an estimate of $58,000-$70,000.
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