BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will conduct its annual New Year’s Auction that features an extensive Japanese and Chinese collection from the Keenan Estate of Miami Lakes, Florida, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 28-30. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The collection includes beautiful Meiji period Japanese furniture, including the feature lot, which is a late 19th-century Meiji period curio cabinet (above) with quality mother-of-pearl and bone inlay, extensive gold lacquer and fretwork. Thought to be created for a Japanese emperor, the cabinet is adorned with various genre scenes, floral panels and detailed carving and inlay throughout the piece.
There is a similar 19th-century Japanese Meiji period corner cabinet with the same mother-of-pearl inlay and two circa 1890-1900, large Japanese screen panels, again intricately decorated with inlaid carved bone, wood and mother-of-pearl.
The collection also features two circa 1880-1900 Aesthetic movement cabinets with doors and drawers featuring Japanese components, including lacquer, inlaid bone, pagoda, fretwork and carved details.
Other furniture of interest includes a 19th-century Italian pietra dura decorative stone inlaid table with a carved giltwood pedestal base, as well as other pietra dura tables and plaques.
Glass and lamp collectors will take note of two Arsall cut cameo glass lamps. The first lamp features a bronze stag figure on a green alabaster base. The shade is signed and measures 24 inches high by 11 inches in diameter. The second Arsall lamp has a bronze elephant figure, on a green alabaster base, the shade is signed, and measure 23 inches high by 11 inches in diameter.
There are also two Webb cameo glass blue and white vases from the Keenan collection and a large selection of Herend china in the Chinese Bouquet pattern including a covered tureen, platters, dinner and coffee service.
Fine art in the sale features a 30- by 25-inch oil on canvas by the prominent 18-century, American born British artist Benjamin West (1738-1820.) The painting bears an old handwritten label verso “Achilles Standing Over the Body of Hector, Siege of Troy” and comes from the collection of a well-known Zurich art dealer, Max G. Bollag (1913-2005.). It is in a late 18th-century Carlo Marratta period frame. Images from a several books in the collection of the Morgan Library in New York City show Achilles in a similar pose as in the painting. These books were purchased by the Morgan Library from a direct descendant of Benjamin West.
There is also a painting by the French artist Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) from a Florida estate. The painting is a view of a bridge over the Seine River. The oil on canvas, is signed, dated “55,” and measures 38 by 57½ inches, framed 46 by 65 inches.
Russian art in the sale features a Mediterranean terrace view by Georgii Aleksandrovich Lapchin, and a painting by another notable Russian artist, Constantin Alexandrovitch Westchiloff.
World War I and militaria collectors will take note of a small 18K gold Blue Max P.L.M. button that was previously owned by Gen. Hans Klein, a WWI German aerial fighter pilot credited with 22 aerial victories. Included in the lot with the pin is a copy of Pour Le Merite Flieger by Walter Juerl inscribed “Klein.” There is also assorted German firearms and Colt pistols.
A mid to late 18th-century German cello by the Klotz family of Mittenwald in the Tyrol, is in playable condition and comes with a hard-shell case. It is estimated to bring between $8,000-$10,000.
Three life-size bronze sculptures from a Malibu, California estate include one of a gymnast, a statue of Mercury signed Boshetti, and one of St. Michael slaying the dragon.
Offerings continue with a vast array of Persian and oriental rugs, porcelain, and furniture.