DALLAS – The lifetime collection of Sandra Clements, one of the South’s most formidable figures in the antique, auction and interior design trades for the past 40 years, will be sold over the course of three days, April 27-29, by J. Garrett Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale will be packed with a fabulous assortment of boulle, palace-size Sevres vases, sterling silver, a nice collection of Imari, Meissen, Baccarat chandeliers and accessories, Lalique pieces, religious paintings, blackamoors, bronzes, unique lighting, mirrors, great garnitures, paintings and a wide array of superb Italian statues, sculptures and life-size bronzes.
Co-headlining the event will be the antique collection of Dr. Marianne R. Hopkins, who amassed a fine collection of American cherry and pine case pieces, wonderful clocks, Blue Willow, primitives and nice early paintings. Start time all three days is noon Central time.
Sandra Clements honed her craft at an early age under the tutelage of her father, the iconic antique dealer Charles W. Clements Sr. Over time she became one of the South’s first and most respected woman antique auctioneers. She established her own antique business in Destin, Fla., during the mid-1980s, where her large showroom was known as the Emerald Coast’s finest shop.
Clements’ business acumen was well-known from New York to London, where she excelled in all aspects of the antique trade. She also became known as one of the South’s finest interior designers and appointed many fine homes in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia and California. Now, her entire corporate collection, and much of her personal collection, will come up for bid.
Fans of malachite, the opaque semi-precious stone having layers of deep and light green, will be treated to a rare antique French gilt-bronze console table (above) with a malachite top, circa 1900, crafted in the Louis XVI style with appliques across the frieze and centered by a highly detailed caryatid mask (est. $12,000-$18,000); and a pair of circa 1880 Russian malachite urns, 21 inches tall with a narrow neck and of ovoid form, with gilt-bronze leaf fashioned handles (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Stunning marble statuary will be led by a museum-quality carved marble grouping of a young woman playing a lyre harp with two children at her side, by American sculptor Albert Weinert (1863-1947), 78 inches tall signed on the base and dated 1924 (est. $40,000-$80,000); and a highly detailed Carrara marble grouping of Pharaoh’s daughter holding the infant Moses in a blanketed basket by the 19th century Italian sculptor Biggi Fausto, signed (est. $6,000-$15,000).
Several marble sculptures signed by Ferdinando Vichi (Italian, 1875-1945) will come under the gavel, including a turn of the 20th century white marble sculpture of a young woman in a laced dress holding a vessel and standing alongside a water well, 37 inches tall (est. $8,000-$12,000); and an early 20th century grouping of a parlor scene depicting a young woman in an elegant pose as she converses with an artist holding palette and brushes, 35 inches tall (est. $7,000-$10,000).
Following are just a few more of the many other fine items in the auction:
- An antique French boulle (decorative inlay, using tortoiseshell and fine strips of brass) credenza, museum-quality and in immaculate condition, with the two doors featuring symbolic cherub images, 47 inches in height by 44 inches wide (est. $6,000-$8,000).
- A rare 19th century American pedal harp by J.F. Browne Co. (New York), crafted of bird’s-eye maple with gold-gilt trim and highlights, finely carved in a Gothic motif with raised figures on sided columns and supported by large claw feet (est. $3,000-$4,000).
- A large antique pair of Italian carved and lacquered blackamoor figures, of a man and a woman dressed in ceremonial garb with gold-gilt trim and accents, each one holding a tazza with a horn an acanthus leaf fashioned stem, 75 inches tall (est. $4,000-$8,000).
“This is, without a doubt, one of the finest collections we’ve offered to date,” said Jeff Garrett, president of J. Garrett Auctioneers.
As a youngster, Sandra Clements eagerly tagged along when her parents traveled to New England and Europe on buying trips. Later, as an adult, she amassed her own fine collection of antiques, marble sculptures, oil paintings and objects of art.
Now approaching retirement, Mrs. Clements has chosen to share her collection at public auction. The majority of items will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder.