BOCA RATON, Fla. – Carstens Galleries’ auction March 30 has a splendid selection of classic and contemporary paintings, European and Oriental antiques and an outstanding selection of pietra dura Florentine objects. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
A prime example of the latter is lot 69, a unique and large pietra dura framed plaque depicting roses in several colors (above). Pietra dura is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly polished colored stones to create images.
The 242-lot auction also has a few extraordinary malachite items such as a cabinet, lot 37, as well as other museum-quality pieces from the same collection.
The works of Austrian sculptor Franz Bergman are represented in several major works, among which, lot 54 depicting a scene of an amorous couple in a room decorated in the Louis XVI style. This rare 13-inch-tall cold-painted bronze is in the form of a tent with sides that close. Bergman was the owner of a Viennese foundry who produced numerous patinated and cold-painted bronze Oriental, erotic and animal figures.
The auction will be conducted Saturday, March 30, starting at 4 p.m. Eastern time.