BEACHWOOD, Ohio – An 1854 Portrait of a Gentleman by British artist John Thomas Peele (1822-1897), a large Louis XV-style rock crystal chandelier, and a stoneware vessel by Claude Conover (American, 1907-1994), titled Kohnal, are a few expected top lots in Neue Auctions’ online-only Decorative Objects, Fine Art & Antiques auction planned for Saturday, May 20. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
“This is truly a fresh-to-market auction, featuring wonderful rare porcelains, sculptures, Grand Tour pieces, paintings, sterling silver, ancient and antique glass and many other beautiful things,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. The 323-lot auction will begin at 10 am Eastern time.
The oil-on-canvas Portrait of a Gentleman by John Thomas Peele is signed and dated at the lower right and has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Peele was a close friend of the artist Frederic Edwin Church, and some of Peele’s paintings were displayed in Church’s home.
The large, modern Louis XV-style rock crystal chandelier is a 12-light, three-tiered form, with seven bobeche for candles, including one in the center. It also has scrolled arms draped with variously shaped pendant prisms in rock crystal, amethyst rock crystal and clear crystal, with beaded crystal swags. The chandelier is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
The Claude Conover stoneware vessel, titled Kohnal, is of pillow form on a one-inch cylindrical foot, with a cylindrical neck and mouth. It measures 12in in height by 14 ½in wide and has a surface that’s decorated with an alternating radiating pattern of rectangles with dots and crosshatchings. It’s signed to the foot “Claude Conover Kohnal” and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
A group of circa-1810-1825 Italian Ginori plates from the Doccia porcelain manufactory, with hand-painted, named Italian urban views attributed to the painter Ferdinando Ammannati, boasts an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. The set consists of 12 plates and one larger serving plate with cobalt blue and gilded borders.
A two-sided serigraph sculpture on freestanding hexagonal composite board, signed by Victor Vasarely (Hungarian, 1907-1997) and titled Northstar, carries a modest estimate of $1,500-$2,500. It is artist-signed and numbered (“6/100”), is presented in its original cardboard box and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
An 1830 painting titled Portrait of a Gentleman with a Top Hat by Louis Joseph Fanelli Semah (French, 1804-1875), has an estimate of $1,200-$1,500. It is signed and dated at the lower left and measures 16 ¼ by 10 ¾in without its frame. Semah exhibited paintings at the Salons in Paris. In 1844, he was awarded a gold medal for his work Christ in the Garden of Olives.
An antique Persian Heriz wool carpet that spans 10 by 16 feet, sporting geometrics with a red field and a wide exciting border, has had some repair work and has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Also, an 1866 still life painting by the 19th-century Dutch artist H. Janssens of an iris, rose and lily of the valley in a glass vase, with fruits and a walnut, is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
A set of six 18th-century Chelsea porcelain botanical plates, each scalloped edge plate decorated with floral sprigs and scattered blooms, with butterflies and insects in colorful glazes, is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Also, a circa-1970s Brutalist-style coffee table with a geometric bronze base and applied copper and brass plaques, plus a conforming glass top, measuring 16 ½ by 47 by 21 inches, has an estimate of $800-$1,200.
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