Van Cleef & Arpels necklace headlines Gray’s auction Oct. 2

Van Cleef & Arpels necklace

Van Cleef & Arpels lapis-lazuli and 18K yellow gold Alhambra necklace (est. $10,000-$15,000). Gray’s image

CLEVELAND – A stunning Van Cleef & Arpels limited-edition Alhambra necklace and a vibrant abstract silkscreen on paper by American artist Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) are just two expected top lots in a Fine Art, Furniture & Decorative Art Auction scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2, by Gray’s Auctioneers. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

More than 400 lots will come up for bid, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Offered will be quality merchandise pulled from estates across the United States, including paintings and furniture from a prominent Vero Beach, Florida, estate, an outstanding collection of Asian decorations and an extensive selection of fine furniture.

Highlighting the fine jewelry category is the Van Cleef & Arpels lapis-lazuli and 18K yellow gold Alhambra necklace (above), a 20-motif necklace made in France circa 1970. The necklace is famous for the four petals of its clover motif, which symbolize luck, health, fortune and true love. An identical necklace was worn and popularized by the American actress and princess Grace Kelly (est. $10,000-$15,000).

The screenprint in colors on wove paper by Helen Frankenthaler is titled Southern Exposure (2005) and carries an estimate of $7,000-$9,000. The work (below) is framed, signed, numbered (#9/128) and dated (’05) lower left, and measures 30½ inches by 37 inches (sight). Frankenthaler was an abstract expressionist painter and a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting.

Van Cleef & Arpels necklace

Screenprint in colors on wove paper by Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011) titled ‘Southern Exposure’ (est. $7,000-$9,000). Gray’s image

There are several artworks by Charles Lapique (French, 1898-1988) in the auction, including a pair of aluminum and clear acrylic sculptures, one titled Gloucester (1970) and the other Le Cavalier (2007). Both are signed lower right on the base and are from limited editions of eight pieces each. Gloucester is 21½ inches tall, while Le Cavalier is 47½ inches in height. Both are estimated to bring $2,000-$4,000.

Van Cleef & Arpels necklace

Aluminum and clear acrylic sculpture by Charles Lapique (French, 1898-1988) in the auction, titled ‘Gloucester’ (1970), signed lower right on the base and from a limited edition of eight (est. $2,000-$4,000). Gray’s image

Returning to jewelry, a 14K white gold and diamond wedding ring set, boasting one princess cut diamond weighing approximately 1.01 carats (with F color and VVS-2 clarity), should sell for $4,000-$6,000. The ring is also set with two princess-cut diamonds of about 0.20 carats each (G-F color and VS-1/VS-2 clarity) and 21 small princess-cut diamonds weighing .04-.07 carats each.

An oil on canvas painting by Joseph B. O’Sickey (American, 1918-2013), titled Garden Variations – Trellis, Sunflowers, Victorian Chair (1977), signed and dated, is expected to reach $3,000-$5,000. The 60½-by-72-inch work is from the collection of Joel O’Sickey, the artist’s son. Joseph O’Sickey was an Ohio artist who often depicted his backyard garden in Twin Lakes as an earthly paradise.

Van Cleef & Arpels necklace

Oil on canvas by Joseph B. O’Sickey (American, 1918-2013) titled ‘Garden Variations – Trellis, Sunflowers, Victorian Chair’ (1977), signed and dated, 60½in. x 72in. (est. $3,000-$5,000). Gray’s image

An oil on panel painting by Hungarian artist Ferenc Rosenmayer (1864-1912), titled Market Scene with Horses and Figures, signed lower right, carries an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. The 15¼-by-22¼-inch (sight) painting is nicely housed in a frame. Also, an oil on canvas Beach Scene by Emile Gruppe (American, 1896-1978), artist signed lower right, should change hands for $2,200-$3,200.

An acrylic painted on canvas wrapped around tube construction by George Snyder (Fla./W.Va., b. 1951), titled Paid the Premium (1992), signed, dated and titled, should command $800-$1,200. The work measures 33 inches tall by 75 inches wide. Snyder is an innovator in the use of acrylics. His style and pioneering techniques are captured in Nicholas Roukes’ book Acrylics Bold and New (1990).

Also up for bid will be a Navajo rug from the 20th century, 7 feet 11 inches by 4 feet 10 inches and with a geometric design (est. $2,000-$4,000); a painted wood Cinderella carriage form bed, custom made in the 20th century for a pro basketball star for his daughter (est. $2,000-$4,000); an Asian bronze vessel from the 19th or 20th century, 9¾ inches tall (est. $800-$1,200); and many other desirable items.

Van Cleef & Arpels necklace

Navajo wool rug from the 20th century (est. $2,000-$4,000). Gray’s image

For details contact Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers at 216-226-3300 or