Palm Beach estate part of A.B. Levy’s auction May 5
Session one will begin promptly at 11 a.m. EDT and feature lots 1-135. After a brief break, starting at around 2 p.m., session two will see lots 136-449 cross the auction block.
“The entire sale is loaded with fabulous jewelry, art and antiques, but we’re especially excited about the items from the Palm Beach oceanfront estate,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s. “We also have a wonderful selection of estate jewelry, including a twice-signed Patek Philippe men’s wristwatch that was offered by Tiffany (est. $10,000-$20,000) and outstanding period furniture.”
Two lots are expected to sell for $100,000-$200,000 each. One is a Cartier certified 6.01-carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring. The other is an original gouache painting—not a lithograph—by Alexander Calder (American 1898-1976), signed in the artist’s hand and executed in 1969. Calder was renowned as a sculptor and probably became best known for his kinetic abstract mobiles. But he also did floor pieces and was proficient as a painter in watercolor, oil and gouache (opaque watercolor paints).
Another estate jewelry lot is expected to draw serious bidder attention. It is an important GIA-certified 1.14-carat pink diamond. It should command $50,000-$70,000.
From the Palm Beach mansion, a pair of 18th century carved, painted and gilt female figures standing just over 5 feet tall, should fetch $20,000; and a pair of Italian carved marble blackamoors, a man and woman, each on a raised circular pedestal, should hit $10,000-$20,000.
A Francois Linke Louis XVI-style bureau a cylinder (roll-top desk) carries a presale estimate of $30,000-$50,000. Also, a pair of 19th century French Louis XV/XVI-style carved, painted and gilt-wood consoles, is expected to sell for $2,000-$4,000.
Other period furniture pieces will feature an English chinoiserie secretary bookcase (est. $4,000-$6,000); a Louis XVI-style painted dressing mirror and console (est. $800-$1,200); and a French provincial carved and painted side cabinet (est. $800-$1,200).
Asian lots will include Chinese ink on silk paintings, ivory, jade, snuff bottles and porcelain. Several KPM porcelain plaques will be offered, one showing a young girl holding flowers. It’s expected to bring $9,000-$12,000. Also, a sculpture by French artist Henry E. Dumaige (1830-1888) should realize $1,000-$2,000.
Other creations by artists such as Dale Chihuly and Pablo Picasso will also change hands. Additional recognizable names to be chanted that day will include Lalique, Baccarat, Bergman, Louis Vuitton, DuPont, Montague Dawson, Yabu Meizan and Kinkozan (the last two Satsuma). From estate jewelry the roster will include Rolex, Piaget, Chopard, Cartier and Patek Philippe.
A Tiffany Studios glass and bronze lamp in the Pomegranate pattern is expected to light up the room for $8,000-$12,000. A pair of Karl Springer lamps is estimated at $7,000-$10,000 for the pair. A fine Victrola mahogany music cabinet should play a sweet tune for $1,000-$3,000. Two large patinated white metal figural candelabra should make $4,000-$6,000. A pair of Continental gilt-bronze and ivory mounted candelabra are estimated to realize $3,000-$5,000.
The auction will also feature Persian carpets, certified $500 and $1,000 bills, a Hermes Kelly bag, English and European silver and boxed flatware and tableware.
A buyer’s premium will apply to all purchases.
A.B. Levy’s is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, call A.B. Leavy’s at 561-835-9139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE