Kaminski Auctions to sell estate of nobility Feb. 25-26
BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will conduct their February Estate Auction on Feb. 25 and 26, which will feature the collection of Countess Ute D. (Brammer) Von Haller v. Hallerstein.
LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding. Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s sales will begin at 11 a.m.
Countess Ute Grafin Haller v. Hallerstein of Gloucester, Mass., was the wife of Count Jochen von Haller and president and owner of the Boston School of Modern Languages, the oldest private language school in the country, teaching English as a second language. The countess was born in Stuttgart, Germany and was a longtime resident of Back Bay Boston and Eastern Point in Gloucester. She was educated at Stuttgart University and enjoyed painting and writing poetry. She was a member of the Eastern Point Yacht Club, Cape Ann Garden Club and the Goethe Society of New England. The sale will include furniture and art from both residences.
There are several important clocks in the collection. The first is an exceptional 19th century bronze mantel clock by the French clockmakers Lerolle Frères. It is decorated with two lounging women wearing crowns and holding a clog and hammer, caduceusand dolphins. The clock, which has its original key, is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
The Lerolle brothers were trained as sculptors and are known for their exquisite attention to detail in their designs. The original workshop was Frères Raingo, Paris. Established in 1813, by four brothers, they specialized in high precision clock making during the Empire and Restoration period. The Raingo workshop was noted for being the first workshop to collaborate with prestigious cabinetmakers such as Francois Linke. The Lerolle brothers succeeded their father’s company in 1836 and continued making exquisite pieces until 1863. They exhibited regularly at the Paris and London exhibitions.
The second second is signed Raingo Frères, Paris and is a 19th century Louis XVI-style gilt bronze wall clock with enameled dial and original key. It has a $1,500-$2,500 estimate.
There is also a magnificent 18th century Dutch burl veneer eight-day tall-case clock, with a sarcophagus top, line inlaid door and Bombay base. Having brass works and two bells the brass face is engraved and has a silver dial moon phase, month and day dials. The second hand is signed indistinctly (possibly ‘HDM Seedes’) Amsterdam. It stands 8 feet high (not including finials), 25 inches wide and 14 inches deep and has lion paw feet, original weights, winder with key and pendulum.
A fine pair of Continental bronzed iron torchieres, 87 inches high decorated with knights in armor and dragon ornamentation, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
From the Boston residence is an exceptional early 17th century Flemish portrait, oil on canvas with a gilt gesso frame, of a composed young woman wearing a large lace collar. It is the highlight of the art collection.
The count and countess had been collectors of fine Sevres and Meissen porcelain. There are two 19th century Sevres urns with extensive ormolu, one with a cobalt ground and the other with a burgundy background in addition to two Sevres urns converted to lamps and several sets of Meissen dinnerware.
Many other fine estates from California are included in Day One with a wonderful collection of Italian Carrera marble sculptures and many important Russian, Dutch and Belgian paintings.
Russian artists include Ivan Fedorovich Choultse (1877-1932), a still life with onions by Nikolai Aleksandrovich, as well as a winter landscape by the Hungarian artist Laszlo Neogrady.
A pair of paintings by Dutch artist Reiner Craeyvanger (1812-1880) titled A Capriccio View of Utrecht is estimated at $6,000-$8,000, while Fishing off Port in High Seas signed Mauritz Federick Hendrick de Haas (Dutch 1832-1895) is valued at $5,000-$7,000.
Various other French and Belgian artists are represented in the sale as well, including Paul de Longpre (American/French, 1855-1911), Charles Clement Calderon (French, 1870-1906), Constantine Kluge (French, 1912-2003) and Belgian artist Adolphe Keller (1880-1968) among others.
Day two will be the sale of furnishings of a well-known Copley Square Hotel. For more information please visit Kaminski’s website at www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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