Morton Kuehnert auction has treasures from afar Dec. 11
The catalog may be previewed online at www.mortonkuehnert.com or www.LiveAuctioneers.com. Bidders may bid online at LiveAuctioneers; leave absentee bids, arrange a phone bid at 713-827-7835, or bid live in the auction gallery at 4901 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027.
Previews in the Morton Kuehnert gallery will be Dec. 5 through Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The holiday open house and champagne preview will be Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Nineteen lots of jewelry and watches ready to go under the Christmas tree are in the spotlight. Lot 91, a particularly stunning piece, is a ruby and diamond bracelet with 22 rubies totaling approximately 11.9 carats and 369 round diamonds, totaling 8.83 carats. The estimate is $20,000-$25,000.
Lot 134 features a delicate white gold South Seas pearl necklace, with four pearls at 12-13mm and 468 round diamonds, totaling 5.32 carats. The estimate is $11,000-$15,000.
Lot 164 features a beautiful white gold and diamond cross ring, estimated at $1,100-$1,500.
Two top men’s wristwatches are the Jaeger Lecoultere Aston Martin Special Edition, Lot 86, estimated at $5,750-$7,000, and Lot 85, an Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwalk Watch, estimated at $3,250-$5,000.
For the art lover or the budding collector, Lot 24 is a beautiful oil painting of a still life of fruit by Robert Hall, from the collection of former Texas Gov. Joseph Sayers, who served from 1899-1903. The painting is estimated at $4,000-$4,500.
Lots 66 and 67 are by Italian abstract expressionist Sergio Scatizzi, from a private Houston collection. The first is Mare estimated at $6,000-$8,000 and the second is Terra V, 1963, estimated at $8,000-$10,000.
Lot 118 is Dream in Forest, 1997, by Italian artist Roberto Altmann, and is estimated at $5,500-6,500. Lot 16 is a pair of life-size granite Dalmatian dog sculptures, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Also, Lot 81 is a pair of life-size cherubim, hand-carved from Sienna marble, on wooden bases, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. If you’re a fan of Mozart, or have a music school, Lot 156, a life-size bronze of the composer holding a violin is the perfect muse. The bronze is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Lot 50 is a pair of life-size Italian figural torchieres, sure to make a statement in your entrance way New Year’s Eve. The lights are estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Lot 107, a Tiffany Studios pendant lamp, the perfect gift for an Arts & Crafts enthusiast, circa 1915, is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. An unusual pair of rock crystal lamps, Lot 27, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
Lot 74, a Louis XVI-style bronze and crystal chandelier, always appropriate, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
Straight from the Warner Brothers studio in Los Angeles is Lot 29, a baronial Italian Renaissance Revival-style walnut and rosewood dining room set, estimated at $9,000-$12,000.
For the budding pianist on your Christmas list, Lot 15 is a Steinway grand piano, circa 1912, estimated at $4,000-6,000. It is 6 feet 1 inch long.
One of the most distinguished lots in the auction, perfect for a library, study or office, is a 19th century northern Italian figured oak and marquetry secretary, Lot 101, which is estimated at $3,000-$4,000
Lot 183, a pair of 19th century Empire-style mahogany fauteuils, elegant seating for an after-holiday dinner aperitif, is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Another pair of charming chairs is the 19th century Hepplewhites, Lot 185, estimated at $900-$1,800.
For the wine connoisseur, Lot 191, a late 19th century George III wine cellaret, makes for an elegant evening and enlightened conversation. The estimate is $600-$1,000.
For the builder or interior designer, Lots 57 and 26 are sure to bring smiles to their faces. Lot 57 is a pair of beautifully hand-carved 19th century Italian panels featuring musical instruments: three recorders (flute-like instruments) and a violin and bow. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Three 19th century Spanish carved doors, Lot 26, feature Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and the Windmills. The estimate is $1,500-$2,000.
To add a touch of Europe to your Christmas, bid on an absolutely charming group of Danish gilt sterling and enamel Christmas and New Year spoons and forks, stamped “A. Michelesen Copenhagen, Sterling Denmark,” circa 1910-1929. Lot 146, which includes 19 forks and 20 spoons, is estimated at $2,500-$4,500. Lot 174 is Lalique’s La Femme whiskey decanter and tumblers, estimated at $1,200-$1,600.
Lot 144 is a Lalique enamel glass “Roger” box, estimated at $300-$600. Lot 100 is a late 19th century KPM hand-painted porcelain plaque of the Roman Empress Theodora, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Lot 205 is an Hermes tortoiseshell traveling clock in original suede box, circa 1980, Paris, for the business traveler with aplomb. The estimate is $200-$300. Two charming Capo di Monte mirrors are estimated at $200-$300.
A couple of interesting clocks are Lot 114, a Lapis Lazuli carriage clock, estimated at $1,000-$1,500 and Lot 179, a bronze doré and enamel figural mantel clock with an Asian motif, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
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