PRLog (Press Release) - Apr. 26, 2012 - Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. will conduct a two session spring auction on Monday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 15th at 6 pm. The auction is featured by a fabulous collection of important and rare English and Irish silver, Fine Quality Chinese Ming ,Qing, and Early Republic Jades and Porcelains, Amazing Vienna enamels, and fine quality American and European Antiques and Fine art . The auction will take place at the company’s gallery facility at 1609 South Dixie Highway, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida. Each session will begin at 6 pm Eastern Standard Time and live internet bidding is available.
Included in the two sessions are the works of England’s most important silversmiths Paul DeLamarie (1688-1751), Paul Storr (1771-1844), and Benjamin Smith III (1793-1850). Each is considered as the finest silversmiths in their day with DeLamarie proclaimed by the Victoria and Albert museum as “the greatest silversmith working in the 18th century”. The collection has several fine examples of artistry in silver. The pieces by DeLamarie are few and far between. There are three examples by the silversmith including Lot 394 a Geo. II Chocolate Pot, London, dated 1730, which is perfect in form and symmetry, along with Lot 393 a Geo. I mug and Lot 392 a 1747 snuffer tray.
There are several outstanding pieces by Paul Storr and his reputation rests on his mastery of the restrained neo-Classical style developed in the Regency period. Storr’s works can vary from the restrained regency styles to very complex rococo florid designs. Lot 456 a superb Geo. IV Tea Kettle on stand , London 1827, is no exception in the mastery of silver. The piece is sumptuously detailed in the rococo style with heavily chased flowers and foliage and the swing handles with stylized dolphins. Storr’s mastery of silversmith is evident in the extensive chasing
Highlighting the silver is Lot 188 a Geo. IV silver-gilt salver by Benjamin Smith III. The salver is a remarkable work in silver with the wide circular border heavily cast with 15 front torsos of rearing horses amidst acanthus leaves. The articulation in the horses and leaves is exemplary of Smith’s work with animals in silver. The charger is engraved with the Royal badge of Geo. IV. The pre-sale estimate is $50,000-70,000. There are several rare and early examples of 17 th and 18th century English silver including Lot 113 a Charles II 1674 London sterling tankard; Lot 112 a 1697 William III Chocolate Pot; and Lot 114 a Queen Anne 1710 Montieth Bowl by silversmith Joseph Bell.
The auction will also offer a fabulous collection of Chinese and Japanese objects d’art. The strength of the Asian market has been a boon for the seller’s. Couple that with the large number of registered Asian bidders at each auction and the market is soaring. This auction will have several superb pieces including Lot 470 an ancient Chinese Bi jade/stone disk, 15” diameter, and probably Liangzhu culture, Yuhang, Zheziang Province (31st/22nd century B.C.). These mysterious objects called Bi disks are symbolic of the sun spirit and as a symbol wealth.
Chinese White and Celadon Jades are featured including Lot 97 an 18th cent. a large white jade plaque carved with bats and prunus mounted in a silver box; Lot 184 an extremely rare 18th cent. Ming white jade hairpin with pierced flowers, similar examples in the Seattle Museum of Art; Lot 368 a Ming celadon jade carved and pierced plaque mounted in a later export silver buckle; and Lot 185 an antique apple green jade pierced bead necklace with 65 beads with splashes of emerald green. The necklace is all natural and set with 18 kt. white gold with diamond points spacers.
Four lots of Viennese enamels are being offered. The group is a tour de force in enamels with lot 153 an amazing enamel, silver, lapiz lazuli, and rock crystal ewer by Austrian maker Herman Bohm; Lot 154 a rock crystal and enamel bird form cornucopia circa 1880 and Lot 152 a French 19th cent. Large covered bowl with military scenes painted in the reserves. Other fine antique offerings include a well executed piece of Judaica, Lot 453, an English sterling silver Torah breast plate with jewelling. Additionally, Lot 63 a large French Empire c. 1800 bronze ormolu figural clock and Lot 115 an Austrian Vienna style painted porcelain urn and cover, 24” h. are featured.
A nice selection of estate fine art will include Lot 482 a Picasso etching from the Vollard suite, “Minotaur Attacking an Amazon”; Lot 86 an American still life of raspberries by J. J. LaValley; Lots 110 and 111 two paintings by Polish artist Zofia Stryjenska; Lot 481 a drawing by American sculptor Richard MacDonald; and Lot 136 a regal English portrait of a Military Colonel by John St. Helier Lander dated 1913. Several works by Miami outsider legend Purvis Young and two autographed books by Andy Warhol will also be sold.
A gallery preview will begin on Wednesday, May 9th and run daily from 10am to 5 pm, closed Sunday, and on Monday and Tuesday the 14th and 15th. For information, condition reports, and/or detailed photographs, please contact the gallery at 561-805-7115. Live internet bidding is available with telephone and internet bidding for qualified bidders. Please see our website at http://www.agopb.com or email us at email@example.com.