PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 3, 2012 - On Monday, October 15th, Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. will hold its annual Important and Fine Antiques and Art auction. The auction features an important and outstanding selection of 18th/19th century English and American silver; two rare and superlative Ivory tankards; Vienna enamels; Large Figural Bronze and Malachite Clock; A very fine Chinese Qianlong Imperial Dragon Brushwasher with Spink provenance, additional Jades and Porcelains; Fine Art and Estate Jewelry and Furs and so much more.
The auction will take place at the company’s gallery facility at 1609 South Dixie Highway, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida. The auction will begin at 6 pm Eastern Standard Time with telephone and live internet bidding available.
The gallery is known for selling important silver and gold sporting trophies and in June the gallery sold the solid gold 1991 Kentucky Derby trophy for $137,400. The offerings at the October 15th auction give collectors an opportunity to acquire some rare and fine treasures. Highlighting the sale is a collection of English and American silver with some pieces not seen on the auction market in years. Brian Kogan, president of the gallery, comments that “the artistry of the 18th/19th century English silversmiths to capture the lifelikeness of animals, especially, the horse in silver and gold is unrivaled. “.
The auction includes several such examples and most exemplary of this artistry is Lot 220 an impressive silver gilt sporting trophy with finely detailed standing thoroughbred horse finial and chased relief racing scene in a laurel leaf reserve. The 1803 trophy with Neo-grecian heads and greek key handles was won for the “Bourough Bridge Races” by the Earl of Darlington and John Ingleby, Esq. and stands 18” high . Additionally, is Lot 56 a George III silver gilt covered cup, dated 1814 by maker John Houle with four lion masks and a chased relief racing. The cup and cover weighs a hefty 120 oz. .
There are fine examples by Benjamin Smith who in his career made silver masterpieces for Rundell, Bridge, and Rundell, the jewelers and silversmiths to the royal family from 1798 to 1843, including Lot 278, a pair of spectacular Geo. III wine coolers with a whopping 349oz. of silver including the silver liners. Also worthy of mention, is lot 55 an extremely detailed silver gilt handled basket with grapes and leaves dated 1811 and Lot 58 a circa 1821-26 five piece tea service with chasing and ornamenting to amaze the eyes . The pieces by English silversmith Paul Storr are always in demand and Lot 277 is the biggest and finest trays by the maker to come to the auction block. Impressive in size at 27 ½” long, the tray dates to 1816 and weighs 167 oz.
A selection of Tiffany pieces are also up for bidding highlighted by Lot 131 a 14 piece “Persian” style sterling silver gilt demi-tasse set, circa 1876-1891, with beautiful and intricate chasing of arabesques /vines/leaves and tendrils adorning the tray, cups, and coffee pot. And in the Sporting category the auction features Lot 219 a Tiffany & Co. 14kt solid gold trophy cup and cover for the 1964 “Saratoga Special” horse race, won by Sadair. The trophy weighs 16 oz and is engraved with the name of the horse and the owner Mary B. Hechts.
Of special mention is two German 19th century ivory and silver mounted tankards deserving attention. Both Lots 160 and 276 are 15” high and each is profusely carved with hunting parties and hounds. Each has a meticulously carved dog finials and elaborately carved handles with masks of wild beasts. Another Ivory lot of superlative quality is Lot 275, an unusual and elaborate grouping, probably French 19th century, of seven free standing individual figures in 18th century dress. The quality in carving and the attention to detail makes this piece a stand-out. The central figure has the uncanny appearance of Thomas Jefferson. It is quite possible that the piece might have been done for the U.S. Centennial in 1876.
This auction has so many quality objects d’art and fine art that there is not enough room to list them all. To preview the auction, please visit our website at http://www.Agopb.com or call the gallery at 561-805-7115. A gallery preview will begin on Wednesday, October 10th and run daily from 10am to 5pm. Closed Sunday. For information, condition reports, and/or detailed photographs, please contact the gallery at 561-805-7115.