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Kaminski Auctions highlights Continental furnishings Sept. 21-22

Continental furnishings
Pair of mid-19th century French Napoleon II Sevres porcelain urns having hand-painted portraits, signed ‘de David’, 19¾in. x 8in. Kaminski Auction image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions fall schedule begins with an exceptional Continental auction Sept. 21 and 22, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time both days. Kaminski Auctions was chosen to conduct the auction by the George Ricard family of Villa “Zamir” Cap Martin, on the French Riviera. The collection was moved in the 1980s to the Ricard home in Montecito, Santa Barbara County, California. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The Arcady Estate furnishings include exquisite continental furniture, 18th/19th-century French clocks, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, and an extensive collection of European art.

Continental furniture highlights include a pair of late 19th century Louis XVI-style marquetry inlaid chests, having ormolu bronze mounts, and thick burgundy and cream marble tops. There are also two 19th-century French corner mahogany display cabinets attributed to Paul Sormani, the Parisian furniture maker, known for his “meubles de luxe.” They feature fine ormolu bronze mounts. Another offering attributed to Paul Sormani is a 19th-century French library desk of importance. The “bureau plat” features a tooled brown leather top, banding with floral and swag, as well as sphinx and Medusa decoration. An ebony Boulle marquetry “biblioteque base,” also in the collection, is thought to be Napoleon II. An exceptional 19th-century Italian Rococo giltwood mirror, measuring 61 inches by 46 inches and a matching console table with marble top, is perfect for an entry or foyer.

There are also several pieces of Majorelle furniture by the famous French decorator and furniture designer Louis Majorell including a curio cabinet, an Art Nouveau carved wood server (below) and a five-piece parlor suite.

Continental furnishings
Majorelle Art Nouveau carved server, 58½in. high x 48in. wide x 19½in. deep. Kaminski Auction image

The Arcady Estate collection boasts several important timepieces including a large time clock with Boulle marquetry, measuring 70 inches in height. Another 18th century French Boulle clock, is decorated with ormolu bronze mounts of horses and has a matching shelf.  A Louis XIV Boulle marquetry cartel clock is signed Lemenu, Paris, and measures 53 inches high by 38 inches wide and also features a matching shelf.

Continental furnishings
18th century Louis XIV Boulle marquetry cartel time clock, 70in. high overall, clock 49in. high x 20in. wide, shelf 22in. high x 22in wide x 10in. deep. Kaminski Auction image

Fine art highlights include a circa 1909, Georges Braque painting titled L’ Eglise de Carrieres-Saint-Denis. The oil on canvas painting bears the signature G. Braque verso. Two landscapes on offer are from the Irish artist Paul Henry (1876-1958).

Continental furnishings
Circa 1909, Georges Braque, ‘L’Eglise de Carrieres-Saint-Denis,’ oil on canvas, signed G. Braque verso, 12in. x 9in., frame 17¾in. x 14 7/8in. Kaminski Auction image

Best known for his postimpressionist-style landscapes of the West of Ireland, the Paul Henry paintings in the sale include a signed, oil on canvas titled A Roadside Village Connemara, and the second is signed and inscribed Cottages Connemara.

Continental furnishings
Paul Henry signed, inscribed ‘Cottages Connemara’, oil on canvas, 27in. x 20in., framed 32in. x 25in. Kaminski Auction image

European art continues with a Cristofano Allori (Italian, Florence, 1577-1621), oil on canvas painting of Judith with the Head of Holofernes, in a carved giltwood frame and another painting depicting the Mehmed II banquet at a palace in Constantinople, which is attributed to Bellini of Florence, Italy.

Several paintings in the sale bear old Christie’s labels, including a 17th century Italian Old Master oil on canvas of Venus and Adonis, 78 inches by 59 inches, as well as an oil on canvas of a reclining woman by the French painter, Ferdinand Roybet, (1840-1920).

Decorative arts in the sale include a pair of 19th century German Meissen hand-painted covered urns, with cherubs throughout and a cross sword mark on the base. The pair measuring 34 inches by 13 inches and are estimated to bring $6,000-$12,000. There is also a pair of mid-19th-century French Napoleon II Sevres porcelain urns, with hand-painted portraits of young women, signed “de David,” that is estimated to bring $5,000-$7,500.

Of special significance in the sale is an Egyptian sarcophagus.  Members of the Ricard family are avid Egyptologists, and this hand-painted sarcophagus on offer once graced the entrance of the Senusret Collection in Monaco in the 1970s.

Jewelry highlights include a “loose gem” golden sapphire from Sri Lanka, weighing 16.55 carats, and an 18-carat yellow gold handmade emerald and diamond ring. The emerald is a Colombian stone, emerald-cut and weighs 5.09-carats. The center stone is surrounded by 52 round, square-cut, and tapered baguette diamonds. The ring is expected to bring $15,000-$20,000. Watch collectors will take note of an 18 carat yellow-gold Audemars Piguet, for Tiffany & Co., manual wind watch with a cabochon sapphire crown.

With over 600 lots presented over two days, there is a vast array of quality European art, furniture and decorative pieces on offer.

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