WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Auction Life’s upcoming Whimsical Worldly Wonders Winter Auction slated for Wednesday, Feb. 17, is loaded with 367 lots of fresh-to-the-market Florida finds, to include vintage and antique jewelry, art, porcelain, antiques collectibles, art glass, artifacts, sculptures, perfumes, crystal and more. The sale will begin at 4 p.m. EST. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
An expected headliner lot is a rare suite of 10 original mixed media impressions by Salvador Dali (1904-1989), titled Imaginations and Objects of the Future (est. $12,500-$22,500). The set is a limited edition (no. 60 of 250), printed on Arches paper in 1975-1976, and each work is hand-signed and numbered in pencil by Dali. The suite has been in a box, untouched, since the 1970s.
Included in the lot is a unique custom wooden Dali case with hard-to-find Dali stand. Everything is original and all sheets are loose as issued. The first one measures 30½ inches by 22 inches. A few titles are Liquid and Gaseous Television, Breathing Pneumatic Armchair, Cybernatic Lobster Telephone, Intra-Uterine Paradesiac Locomotion and Liquid Tornado Bathtub.
“How exciting it is to have a bona fide suite by one of the masters of surrealism, Salvador Dali,” said Tarek Eljabaly, owner of Auction Life.
“It was also interesting to see new world technology and experts try to solve an old art mystery.” He was referring to another artwork in the auction, a figural landscape oil painting attributed to Joos de Momper the Younger (Flemish, 1564-1635).
The work was previously ascribed to the Dutch landscape painter Jan Van Goyen (1596-1656), but recent inspection and research by IFAR in New York City concluded the painting’s style, materials and composition were consistent with a Dutch or Flemish landscape executed in the first quarter of the 17th century, and that it bore a greater affinity with the works of Joos de Momper. With the recent research and discoveries, the family of the late owner felt an obligation to feature the painting to the world. The painting, nicely contained in a 20-by-29-inch frame, has an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.
Tops in the jewelry category is a gold wide cuff bracelet by the French designers Jean Mahie, made in the team’s usual, heavy solid 22K gold abstract figures design. The bracelet is signed and hallmarked and comes in a Neiman Marcus button suede pouch. It was made in 1982 and is titled Dentelle de Milled, French slang for “a banknote of 1,000 francs” (est. $8,000-$16,000).
Watches sure to please include a Corum 18K gold 10 gram .999 ingot faced windup watch, with a diamond on the crown and a black leather band, complete with a burlap leather case, box, book and original paperwork (est. $1,500-$3,000); and a rare vintage men’s Hamilton “Piping Rock” watch with all-original black enamel bezel, dial, movement and hands, housed in the original 14K solid gold case and having a 979 movement and 17 jewels (est. $1,000-$3,000).
A 149-piece Reed & Barton sterling silver flatware service for 12 in the classic Spanish Baroque pattern, is expected to fetch $3,000-$6,000. Also, a Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft wooden dining table detailed in acid-etched brass, 84 inches long by 47 inches wide, with the original purchase receipt from 1978 (The Interior Shop, N.Y.) and originally paired with the Karges Chinoiserie lacquer chairs that are also in the auction, should finish at $1,000-$3,000.
An 18th or 19th century Russian oil on canvas religious painting of God in the sky among parted clouds, overlooking five religious figures below, each with an inscription in Cyrillic, 31½ inches by 38 inches (sight, less frame), has an estimate of $1,200-$2,400; while a 19th century French Napoleon III tantalus or cave a liqueur (either way, a decanter set), in an ebonized wood oxbow cabinet containing four decanters and 16 glasses, should top out at $1,000-$2,000.
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