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Art Glass, Collection of European Ivory Figurals to Lead A. B. Levy’s Event

by Special to WorthPoint (03/22/13).

An important collection of 13 continental carved ivories from the 19th century, to be sold as one lot, is expected to realize between $250,000 and $350,000 in a small but dense auction offered by A. B. Levy’s on March 30.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – In a tightly packed auction that will include an exclusive collection of 40 pieces of art glass, an outstanding 13-piece collection of European ivory, French furniture—to include stunning pieces by Francois Linke—bidders will find just 175 lots to compete for at A. B. Levy’s West Palm Beach facility.

The small-in-size but big-on-value auction will also feature spectacular men’s and ladies’ watches and other jewelry items, as well as fine art prints by names such as Picasso, Miro and Chagall. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, at 5001 South Dixie Highway.

Previews will be held at A. B. Levy’s 211 Worth Avenue gallery in Palm Beach, Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., right up until auction day. No merchandise will be on view at the West Palm Beach facility. All lots can be viewed online, where bidders are encouraged to register. The first gavel will come down promptly at 11 a.m. (EST).

In addition to Levy’s website, online bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers, Artfact and TheSaleroom.

“We are very excited about the merchandise in this auction,” said Albert Levy of A. B. Levy’s. “The pieces in the art glass collection are very exclusive and quite striking, the French furniture—headlined by Francois Linke—is remarkable in its condition and attention to detail, the watches are gorgeous and the European ivory collection could easily fetch the most money.”

Indeed, the continental ivory collection has a pre-sale estimate of $250,000-$350,000. The 13 pieces, all 19th century, include a pair of allegorical female figures of “Night and Day” with putti (31inches in height), a hinged cover tankard depicting a battle scene (15 inches tall), Perseus rescuing Andromeda on a turned ebony plinth base (22 ¼ inches tall), and a ewer (or narrow-necked jug) with a stylized handle depicting mythological stories (21 ¾ inches tall).

Other pieces in the group include a vase and cover depicting the “Birth of Venus” (21 ½ inches tall), a Bacchic putto (cherub) within grape vines on a circular stepped base and ebonized plinth (17 ¼ inches tall), a water nymph standing on a scallop shell on four dolphin feet (22 ¼ inches tall) and a pair of troubadours mounted on carved ebonized wood plinths (21 inches tall).

Francois Linke gilt-bronze mounted kingwood and satine regulateur de parquet clock, circa 1900, could bring $200,000 to $400,000.

Rare Emile Galle marqueterie de verre glass vase, circa 1900, double lined and signed Galle has a presale estimate of $50,000 to $80,000.

This Daum Nancy acid-etched and enameled glass “Rainy Landscape” vase, signed, made circa 1910 could find a new home at $15,000 to $20,000.

Francois Linke (1855-1946) was a renowned French furniture designer and maker, as well as a bronzier and ebeniste (or cabinet maker, the term originating from the use of ebony as veneer by 17th-century French furniture makers). Linke’s circa-1900 signed gilt bronze mounted kingwood and satine regulateur de parquet clock, 106 inches tall, should hit somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000.

Three other lots by Linke are also expected to generate intense bidder interest. One is a late 19th-or early 20th-century gilt-bronze mounted mahogany dining room table of oval form, with a set of 12 matching cane-back dining chairs (two arm chairs and ten side chairs). The table, which is signed “F. Linke,” plus three extension leaves and chairs, and carries a presale estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.

The other two lots are a late 19th- or early 20th-century Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze mounted mahogany marquetry and parquetry bureau a cylinder (a type of desk, the front of curved quarter-circle form), stamped and numbered 100 (est. $40,000-$60,000); and a late 19th-century Louis XV-style gilt-bronze mounted marquetry display cabinet (est. $40,000-$60,000).

Headlining the art glass category is a circa-1900 Emile Galle (Fr., 1846-1904) marqueterie de verre (glass-making technique in which colored pieces of semi-molten glass are set into the body of a glass vessel before it hardens) vase. It is 17 ½ inches tall, with applied and carved foot detail and gilt foil inclusions (est. $50,000-$80,000). It also has the Galle signature.

All of the men’s and ladies’ estate wristwatches are gorgeous examples, but one watch in particular promises to be a standout. It’s a Swiss Chopard L.U.C. Tourbillon Titan SL wristwatch with dial, case and buckle all signed (est. $75,000-$100,000). The watch is water-resistant up to 30 meters, and it is a limited edition timepiece (24/100). It is boxed in a handsome titanium case.

Other show-stoppers include a Swiss-made Harry Winston 18kt white gold and zalium automatic chronograph calendar wristwatch, the “Ocean Diver,” No. 24, with fitted presentation box and papers (est. $40,000-$60,000); and a ladies’ diamond, sapphire and platinum hidden dial bracelet watch composed of 118 round cut diamonds weighing 6 carats (est. $8,000-$12,000).

This color etching and aqua tint on paper by Joan Miro (Sp., 1893-1983), titled “Grans Rupestre IV” is estimated to sell for $10,000 to $15,000.

This Patek Philippe 18kt yellow gold open face keyless lever pocket watch, signed Tiffany & Co. may hammer for $3,000 to $5,000.

Also in the fine watches group: a Swiss signed Cartier 18kt yellow gold wristwatch on a solid woven 18kt yellow gold bracelet (est. $5,000-$7,000); a Patek Philippe 18kt yellow gold open face keyless lever pocket watch, signed Tiffany & Co. (est. $3,000-$5,000); an IWC Swiss Portuguese stainless steel chronograph automatic wristwatch (est. 3,000-$5,000); and a Corum 18kt yellow gold and diamond wristwatch with 32 round-cut diamonds (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Fine art prints will feature two Picassos, a Miro and a Chagall. The Picassos include a signed lower right and numbered (46/50) lithograph, titled “The Knight and the Page,” 20 ½ inches by 15 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a signed lower right, numbered (9/50) etching with aquatint and drypoint, titled “Dans L’Atelier,” 9 ¾ inches by 15 inches (est. $15,000-$20,000).

The print by Joan Miro (Sp., 1893-1983) is a color etching and aquatint on paper, titled “Grans Rupestre IV” (1979), signed lower right, 35 ½ inches by 26 ¾ inches (est. $10,000-$15,000). The print by Marc Chagall (Fr./Russ., 1887-1985) is a lithograph printed in color titled “Les Mimosas” (1968), signed and numbered, 29 ¾ inches by 21 inches (est. $15,000-$20,000).

For more information about this auction, call 561.835.9139, e-mail to info@ablevys.com or visit the A.B. Levy’s website.

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