Art, furniture await gavel at Kaminski Auctions Aug. 18-19

Regency library table featuring fine brass inlay, applied decoration and antique leather-lined top. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – A collection of outstanding continental and English furniture and furnishings purchased from such notable antique dealers as Agostino Antiques and Florian Papp Antiques of New York City and Taylor B Williams Antiques of Chicago, features prominently in the Kaminski Auction to be conducted Aug. 18 and 19. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.


English Regency furniture from the collection includes a Regency-style mahogany dining table with rosewood and ebony inlay and a set of eight Regency rosewood and brass dining chairs with beaded brass banding overall, brass inlay and applied decoration, originally purchased from Florian Papp Antiques.

There is also a Regency leather-top rosewood library table inlaid with brass stringing and flower heads on scroll form legs and brass casters (above). Also from Florian Papp, are a pair of Regency style painted satinwood armchairs and a Regency satinwood revolving circular bookcase.

Continental furniture and furnishings from the collection include a pair of 18th-century Louis XV giltwood console tables, each with serpentine form rosso marble tops, over a rose garland festooned frieze and foliate carved scrolling (below).

Pair of 18th-century Louis XV giltwood console tables. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Kaminski Auctions image

Offerings from other New York and Palm Beach estates include a circa 1830 Austrian Empire period walnut table having three carved mythological dolphins and a circa 1880 Italian Renaissance revival carved walnut nine-drawer chest with elaborate backsplash and five shelves.

From two separate Massachusetts estates comes a pair of matching carved giltwood, 19th-century English Chippendale mirrors with elaborate phoenix crests, and a French bull’s-eye mirror with an eagle finial.

European fine art highlights include two Russian portraits. The first is a portrait of Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828), wife of Emperor Paul Petrowitz I of Russian, and the second is the Emperor Paul Petrowitz I (1754-1801), son of Empress Catherine the Great. Both paintings were purchased originally in Paris in 1915, and later, from the Helen Schachter estate, New York City. The portraits are labeled, oil on canvas and measure 33 inches by 28 inches, (frame). Another work by Friedrich August von Kaulbach (1850-1920), titled The Jewess – Judith with a Sword, oil on canvas was also purchased from the Helen Schachter estate, New York City.

Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828), wife of Emperor Paul Petrowitz I of Russian, oil on canvas, framed 33in x 28in. Estimate: $7,000-$12,000. Kaminski Auctions image

An excellent addition to the sale is a view of the Grand Canal Venice with Saint Mark’s Square, oil on canvas, signed by the artist William James (fl. 1761-1771), presented in an antique carved gilt Rococo frame measuring 47 inches by 65½ inches (frame). The provenance of the painting is originally from the Montelatici family of New York, Florence, Italy and Miami Beach.

William James, ‘Grand Canal Venice with Saint Mark’s Square,’ oil on canvas, signed, antique carved gilt wood, 30in x 50 in (view), Rococo frame 47in x 65½ in. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Kaminski Auctions image

New England art includes a collection of seven Brian Coole paintings from a Charlestown, Massachusetts, collector including View of Boston State House and Bunker Hill from Chelsea, Taking the Flag at Bunker Hill, and The Burning of Charlestown to name a few.

Modern highlights include an abstract painting titled Combustione, by the Italian painter and sculptor, Alberto Burri, and a portrait by the German expressionist Karl Hofer. Both have estimates of $40,000-$60,000.

Alberto Burri, ‘Combustione’, oil on canvas, signed, dated 1957, 15in x 19in. Estimate: $40,000-$50,000. Kaminski Auctions image

There is also a signed Aldro Hibbard, winter scene of Vermont, oil on canvas board, from a Beverly, Massachusetts estate.

Of great interest to all scrimshaw and whaling history collectors are several rare finds from a West Palm Beach, Florida, estate. They objects are a 19th-century seaman’s wooden whaling tool with carved decoration, two 19th-century seaman’s hand-carved whaling motif wood blocks used to count whales recorded in the ships log and a 19th-century English brass compass labeled “Schmalcalder’s Patent West 82 The Strand London,” in its original fitted mahogany box inlaid with bone cartouche scrimshaw in a ship design.