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Property of actor Peter Falk to star in Andrew Jones sales May 18-19

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Late 19th century KPM porcelain plaque titled ‘The Flight into Egypt,’ 36½in. by 32½in. framed, from the estate of the late actor Peter Falk. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Andrew Jones Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Jones Auctions’ Design for the Home and Garden Auction on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, will feature a selection of over 550 lots of market-fresh fine art, design, antiques and Asian works of art from several important collections and estates. Start times both days are 10:30 am Pacific time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Featured will be items from the estate of the late actor Peter Falk and the estate of Jack Levin, a prominent Los Angeles decorator for over 50 years, as well as the collections of Frances and Sidney Brody, Anthony Francis M.D., New York City collector Lauren King, a residence decorated by Patahaus Italian Design, and private sources in Altadena, Hollywood, Long Beach and Philadelphia.

“I am so excited about our upcoming auction,” said company president and CEO Andrew Jones. “From Roman antiquities to works by major artists of the 20th and 21st centuries and everything in between, I believe we have one of the most unparalleled sales to be held in Los Angeles this season.”

 The property from the estate of Peter Falk will offer a large Berlin (KPM) porcelain plaque titled The Flight into Egypt (above), late 19th century ($10,000-$15,000), a large Victorian sterling silver and ebonized easel back table mirror (est. $2,500-$3,500), and a brass mounted ebonized campaign desk (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Jack Levin was an admirer of Japanese aesthetics and Asian design, and he collected interesting pieces for decades. He died earlier this year at the age of 104. His collection includes a dramatic equestrian composition titled The Charge by Adolf Schreyer is (est. $10,000-$15,000), a Sheraton Revival satinwood breakfront bookcase (est. 5,000-$7,000), and a selection of Chinese furniture, including a pair of 19th century hardwood display cabinets (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Modern and contemporary art will include a Roy Lichtenstein screenprint titled Cubist Cello from 1997 ($8,000-$12,000) and a Lita Albuquerque gold leaf and acrylic with mirror on canvas work titled Particle Memory, 2009 ($10,000-$15,000), plus a collection of eight Henry Miller watercolors from a private collection. Pieces from other sources include Picasso ceramics, a Jeff Koons Puppy vase, works by Takashi Murakami, Yaacov Agam and Guy Dill.


actor Peter Falk
Silvered and gilt bronze sculpture by Joseph Csaky (French/Hungarian, 1888-1971), titled ‘Tete de Femme’ (Head of a Woman), 11½in. tall. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Andrew Jones Auctions image

From a private collector comes a Joseph Csáky silvered and gilt bronze titled Tête de femme (below; $25,000-35,000), a Pablo Picasso linocut titled Pique III, 1959 (est. $25,000-$35,000), as well as an Edgar Brandt marble and silvered wrought iron table, circa 1924 (est. $20,000-$30,000), forged works by Albert Paley and a Ferdinand Léger lithograph, a Canosan pottery figural oinochoe Apulia, circa third century B.C. (est. $5,000-$7,000) and a rare and spectacular complete second edition of Panckoucke’s Description de l’Egypte … (est. $100,000-$200,000).

actor Peter Falk
‘Description de l’Egypte,’ Paris: C.L.F. Panckoucke, 1820-1830, second edition. Estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Andrew Jones Auctions image

Property from a New York City collector consists of 125 varied lots, including a monumental Scottish Georgian grey painted Royal Coat of Arms by Sir John Steell RSA, Edinburgh (est. $4,000-$6,000), a Jacques Duval-Brasseur gilt bronze naturalistic tree form table (est. $8,000-$12,000), a rare set of eight Irish George II solid yew wood chairs (est. $10,000-$20,000), a German Biedermeier inlaid mahogany and satinwood tilt-top center table (est. $8,000-$12,000) and a three-piece suite of Egyptian Pharaonic Revival seat furniture (est. $5,000-8,000).

actor Peter Falk
Rare set of eight mid-18th century Irish George II yew wood side chairs, each chair 39½in. tall by 21in. wide. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Andrew Jones Auctions image

Included in the collection will be a double-sided Donald Teague watercolor and pencil work titled Reading the paper; Market scene study (est. $10,000-$15,000), a Martha Walter oil on canvas board street scene titled Dans la Petite Rue (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a poignant Souvenir de Tangier watercolor by Jozef Israëls (est. $3,000-$5,000).

actor Peter Falk
Double-sided watercolor and pencil on heavy paper by Donald Teague (American, 1897-1991), titled ‘Reading the paper’ (shown) and ‘Market scene study.’ Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Andrew Jones Auctions image

Also from the collection are pieces by Émile-Antoine Bourdelle, Adolphe-Felix Cals, Francisco Toledo, Claude Venard, Gladys Nelson Smith and Richard Guino, among others; a Louis XV style chandelier ($3,000-5,000); room size-carpets; modernist side tables; and other accessories.

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