Monumental chandelier illuminates Lewis & Maese’s June 24 auction roster
HOUSTON – A monumental French crystal chandelier will be the belle of the ball when Lewis & Maese Auction Co. conducts an antique auction Wednesday, June 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Central. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
Measuring 74 inches high by 48 inches wide, the chandelier has 32 lights. Dating to the early 1900s, it most recently hung in a prominent home in the affluent River Oaks community in Houston. Tyler Witt, director of operations at Lewis & Maese, expects the crystal and brass chandelier to sell for $20,000-$25,000.
Several antique rugs will be sold at the auction. One of the oldest is a hand-knotted Mahal wool rug in red and burgundy that measures 10 feet 10 inches by 8 feet. Made during the first quarter of the 20th century, the rug has a $1,350-$1,550 estimate.
A five-piece Reed & Barton sterling silver tea set in the Hampton Court pattern has a $1,100-$1,400 estimate. The tea set complements Reed & Barton’s sterling flatware pattern of the same name. “The tea set is in perfect condition – mint,” said Witt.
A man’s 18-karat gold Cartier Roadster automatic wristwatch has a $17,500-$19,500 estimate. The classic Swiss-made timepiece has Roman numerals, an optional black leather band and its original box.
Four framed and matted woodcuts from Marc Chagall’s book Poems are signed in pencil. Edition no. 13/26, the woodcut illustrations are 20 inches high by 13 1/2 inches wide. The set has a $4,250-$5,250 estimate. A book is included in a shadowbox frame.
The western Africa county of Benin, formerly Dahomey, was the inspiration of a brass and copper figure of a king on horseback. With its wooden base the figure stands 61 inches high. It carries $8,000-$10,000 estimate. “It’s a well-made reproduction,” said Witt.
The sale will be held at Lewis & Maese Auction Co.’s facility at 2301 Sabine St. in Houston. For details phone 713-880-0891
View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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