French trio expected to entertain A.B. Levy’s audience Oct. 30
PALM BEACH, Fla. – An elegant oil on canvas figural rendering by the French painter Charles J.F. Soulacroix (1825-1879), an exceptional set of French dueling pistols from around 1840, and a Hermes shiny crocodile Birkin handbag are three expected top lots at A.B. Levy’s 300-lot Jewelry, Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art Auction set for Monday, Oct. 30. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
“I can’t remember the last time we had an auction that featured so much quality merchandise in so many different categories,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s. “This sale’s got it all – jewelry, fine art, sculpture, Tiffany, modern art, art glass, Sevres, Chinese jade and porcelain and more. It is a great opportunity to find the perfect gift from a Palm Beach estate for that perfect someone.”
Soulacroix’s fascination with the elegance of Parisian high life is brilliantly captured in his highly detailed painting titled Enchantee (est. $50,000-$80,000). The 39½-inch by 46½-inch work (framed) is a classic Soulacroix depiction of the upper class at leisure, all dressed in lavish silks and satins, creating an image of social serenity. The painting (above) is the sale’s expected top lot.
This auction has several Hermes handbags, including the aforementioned shiny crocodile Birkin bag (below; est. $25,000-$35,000). It is in pristine shape and comes with the Hermes box, dust bag and clochette. Another fine choice might be the shiny red Hermes alligator Sellier Kelly bag, with gold-tone hardware. It’s estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
The cased French dueling pistols are by the famous gunsmith Le Faucheux of Paris. Each gun has a 10 ½-inch octagonal barrel and features beautifully engraved locks, trigger guards and butt caps. All the accessories are original, including a powder box, cap box and oil bottle. Everything is housed in a beautiful mahogany case. The lot is expected to hit $25,000-$35,000.
Fine estate jewelry is a hallmark of A.B. Levy’s auctions. This sale will showcase a platinum and diamond ring, set with an oval sapphire of Burmese origin weighing more than five carats (est. $22,000-$30,000); and a pair of 18K gold extra-large Atlas hoop ear clips by Tiffany & Co., with Roman numeral design and collapsible posts with omega backs (est. $800-$1,200).
Watches will feature a Patek Philippe & Co. yellow gold men’s watch (ref. 1596), with manual winding nickel-lever jeweled movement, signed, and signed case and dial (est. $12,000-$18,000); and a Cartier 18K gold and diamond “Baignoire Allongee” women’s watch, with an oval-shaped dial with Arabic numerals, beautifully framed by round diamonds (est. $8,000-$12,000).
An important Louis XVI Sevres bleu turquoise porcelain cup (two-handled beaker form) and a large saucer, with reserves exquisitely painted with game birds in their habitats, has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000; and a large pair of Lalique clear and frosted crystal sconces, titled Heliconia, 17 inches in height and made in France in the 20th century, is expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000.
A third quarter 19th century Louis XV-style gilt bronze figural mantel clock, surmounted by young tritons and supported by seated nymphs on a pierced foliate-scrolled base, is expected to change hands for $3,000-$5,000. Meanwhile, a pair of North Italian giltwood mirrors, made in either Piedmont or Venice, 50 inches tall by 23½ inches wide, is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
For details contact A.B. Levy’s at 561-835-9139 or email@example.com.