BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions’ annual Thanksgiving auction Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26-27, features the partial contents of the legendary Belvedere Guest House, Fire Island, N.Y. Antique furniture, objets d’art and paintings from this elegant neoclassical villa will be featured in the auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.
Designed in the style of a Venetian villa, the Belvedere was resplendent with artwork and antiques gracing every nook, alcove and room. A selection from this fantastical palace includes a 19th century classical marble bust of Robert Burns, a pair of 19th century French marble urns converted into table lamps with ormolu mounts and swag decoration, and several important paintings by Robert Bliss (American, 1925-1981).
Important Continental decorative arts in the sale include a spectacular 18th century French Louis XV basin decorated with carved putti and figureheads (above). It includes a copper liner with embossed center. Originally purchased at Park Bennett in New York City in the 1940s-1950s, it measures 39 1/2 inches high by 58 inches and is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.
Militaria collectors will take note of a 14K gold Russian Order of the White Eagle medal previously owned by Dr. Conrad Knopp of Nuremburg, Germany. The medal (below) has enamel decoration and is hallmarked “56” for 14K gold, Moscow. It has approximately 87 grams troy weight of gold and is valued at $20,00-$40,000.
Fine art in the auction includes a collection of Richard F. Outcault (American 1863-1928), original artwork from a descendant of the artist. They include three original Buster Brown comic strip series dated from 1916-1917. They are estimated in the $5,000-$7,000 range.
Lighting featured in the sale includes a signed Tiffany Studios Turtleback table lamp with bronze base and leaded stained glass shade estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and a La Verre Francais cameo glass table lamp with shade.
Jewelry highlights include a Cartier diamond, platinum and sapphire clip (below), circa 1920; a platinum engagement ring with a 3.53 carat center stone; a diamond and platinum bracelet with approximately 12 carats of diamonds; and an 18K gold Etruscan-style bracelet with diamonds and jade, signed “EECE” and valued at $6,000-$9,000.
Day one of the auction will feature Asian art and antiques from the estate of former U.S. Ambassador Edmund Asbury Gullion of Winchester, Mass. Included are porcelain, Peking glass and jade items.