Marble bust of Julius Caesar among top pieces in Dec. 22 auction
NEW YORK – On Wednesday, December 22, starting at 7 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will offer a sale of Exquisite Decorative Arts. Its more than 300 lots will include a circa-1960s abstract work by the late American artist Betty Parsons; a bronze cloisonne incense burner; a miniature sterling silver English tea and coffee set, intended for a doll house; a clock decorated with rearing horses carved from Baltic amber; a pair of Gucci crystal brandy snifters housed in a box lined with green velvet; a Gorham sterling silver centerpiece bowl for fruit; a bust of Caesar fashioned from several varieties of marble; a carved Chinese green jade perfume bottle; Murano glass paperweights; and a small Soviet porcelain plate featuring an image of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A standout is a circa-1960s abstract work by the late American artist and gallerist Betty Parsons (1900-1982), estimated at $7,000-$8,000. Created from washi paper mounted in a shadow box, the monochromatic piece represents something of a departure from the artist’s more colorful collages and works on paper.
A second piece bound to turn heads is a circa-20th century clock decorated with figures of rearing horses carved from Baltic amber. The Baltic region is home to the world’s largest deposit of amber, which is a type of fossilized tree resin. The charming piece was created in the 20th century in the Baltic nation of Lithuania, and its base appears to be veneered in or made from Baltic amber as well. The clock is estimated at $4,000-$5,000.
Rounding out the highlights is an undated bust of Julius Caesar fashioned from different varieties of marble, evidently chosen to provide color to the finished work. The unknown artist or artists used Carrara marble for the head, Bardiglio marble for the armor, Giallo Siena brocatelle marble for the uncovered shoulder, breccia pernice marble for the mantle, and green and black marquinia marble for the brooch. The bust carries an estimate of $5,500-$7,000.
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