Russian icon on copper, est. $5,500-$6,500. Lewis & Maese image.

Lewis & Maese to auction antiques, art from Texas estates, Dec. 12

Russian icon on copper, est. $5,500-$6,500. Lewis & Maese image.

Russian icon on copper, est. $5,500-$6,500. Lewis & Maese image.

HOUSTON – Nearly 300 lots of fascinating items from four family estates will cross the auction block Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Lewis & Maese gallery, starting at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. will provide the Internet live bidding.

The sale summary includes:

Fine Antiques

Eclectic is the best description for the fine antique furniture and accessories. More than 30 Persian rugs, two Boulle-style commodes, an 18th-century round burled yew drop leaf table, a pair of rather large table lamps with Campagna-style terra cotta urn bases, and a satinwood Sheraton bow front demilune buffet, will be sold. A pair of Chippendale-style gilt wood mirrored wall sconces will be offered, as well as a circa-1880 Bremond music box. In the Orient style are a nest of three English tea tables, a monumental Chinese porcelain punch bowl, a red lacquer Chinese cabinet and a red lacquer Chinese trunk. A pair of 9ft 19th-century French giltwood mirrors will also be sold. There is also a wide assortment of lamps, chandeliers, candelabra and sconces.

Fine Art

More than 40 original works of art are on the block. A 19th century Russian icon on copper depicting Madonna and Child mounted with precious stones in the crown is a collector’s delight. Highlights of paintings include Washington Landscape School artist Max Weyl’s 1898 “Virginia Landscape”; George Armfield’s (1808-1893) “Terriers Ratting” and six Impressionist Ruth Greer oils featuring her Parisian cityscapes. Three oil paintings by Western artist G. Harvey will be auctioned as well as a Raya Sorkine oil painting “Vie Tou Jours.” Also, two large allegorical paintings in the classical taste are available.

The Unusual

Famous Houstonian Howard Hughes’ 18ft-long corporate dining table and 20 chairs from Hughes Tool Company in Houston is one of the more historically interesting lots on the block. When Hughes Sr. died in 1924, 75% of the company was left to Howard Jr., who at the time was a student at Rice University in Houston. Under Howard Jr.’s ownership, Hughes Tool ventured into the motion picture business via Hughes Productions during the 1920s, and into the airline business in 1939 with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Transcontinental and Western Air (later renamed Trans World Airlines). To say this dining table and chairs has a tremendous history is an understatement.

Other unusual items include a collection of 10 antique slot machines from the golden age of slot machines of the 1930s and two roulette wheels by H.C. Evans & Company. A fascinating collection of antique and vintage nautical items including compasses, sextants, ship portals, and other items. A 1973 Wurlitzer jukebox, a reissue of Model 1050, which stores up to 100 45 RPMs, is one of the last jukeboxes that play records, and was a tribute to the flashy bubbling machines designed by Paul Fuller in the 1940s. A contemporary jukebox that plays CDs is also on the auction list.


A Franck Muller diamond-encrusted watch is waiting to be slipped beneath some lucky lady’s Christmas tree. Other potential gifts include fine jewelry and furs.

For additional information on any lot in the auction, call 713-869-1335.

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Russian icon on copper, est. $5,500-$6,500. Lewis & Maese image.


Russian icon on copper, est. $5,500-$6,500. Lewis & Maese image.