Asian Artifacts, American Paintings to Top South Florida Auction

This rare, diminutive hardstone six-panel miniature screen, measuring 13 ¼ inches by 18 ½ inches, will be among the items up for sale at a Sat., Nov. 26, auction hosted by Matheson’s AA Auctions, in conjunction with United Appraisal Group, Inc., of Miami.

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The property of a prominent South Florida collector, plus the antique and modern furnishings from a Ritz-Carlton penthouse in Sarasota, will be sold Sat., Nov. 26, by Matheson’s AA Auctions, in conjunction with United Appraisal Group, Inc., of Miami. Other consignments from prominent local estates will also be offered.

The event will be held in Matheson’s AA Auctions’ gallery facility, at 600 East New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, located on Florida’s east coast, about halfway between Fort Pierce and Daytona Beach. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Hundreds of quality lots will cross the block that day.

A fine ivory collection – featuring the pieces shown here – will be sold at auction.

Offered will be a wonderful assortment of Chinese and other Asian artifacts, bronze sculptures, fine estate jewelry and costume jewelry, ivories, mercury glass, ceramics, Lalique crystal and other glassware, Japanese Tokoname ware, oil paintings and works on paper by listed artists, antique Oriental carpets and rugs, and decorative accessories in an array of categories.

“The South Florida collector will be the undisputed headliner of this sale, and it would have been a great auction if that’s all we were offering,” said Lloyd Matheson of Matheson’s AA Auctions. “But when you add to that the marvelous furnishings from the Ritz-Carlton penthouse, and eight or nine great other consignors on top of that, you’ve got the makings of a banner sale.”

The art category will feature 37 paintings by listed American illustrators, most of them bought through the Illustration House in the 1990s. Included will be an oil on canvas rendering of a lady in a horse-drawn carriage with male onlookers by Benton Henderson Clark, a painting of a horse and car by Virgil Pyles, a great figural work by Arthur Ernst Becher, an oil on canvas marine scene of men and boats at sea by Anton Otto Fischer, and a work by Joseph A. Maturo.

Asian artifacts will include a nice selection of Chinese cloisonné and Japanese Satsuma vases, several carved Chinese jades, root carvings, Chinese watercolors and oil on canvas works, Chinese porcelains, carved Japanese ivories (including Netsukes and Okimonos) and much more.

This beautifully framed oil on canvas marine rendering by James Meadows (24 inches by 36 inches) is among the many American paintings up for auciton.

Some example Oriental lots include a small jade Buddha and Kuan Yu figure, a pair of iron and terracotta Chinese candelabra, an antique carved stone censor and a fine jade carved censor, a Chinese bronze and enamel pitcher, a 19th century Asian carved ivory plaque, Chinese brass and champlevé (etched enamel) vases, and an early embroidery silk with gold thread.

Other items from the Asian category will include an early Japanese bronze censor, a Japanese carved ivory “doctor’s doll,” a rare hardstone miniature screen, a 19th century Chinese carved ivory lamp, a fine Asian carved ivory pipe (5 ½ inches long), Chinese watercolors, an unusual Japanese Imari plate, a large pair of Royal Satsuma palace vases and more.

Decorative accessories will include a Steuben apple with 18kt gold embellishments, French faïence bowls by Verages, a pair of Dutch Delftware cows, a pair of two-arm sconces, a lovely Wedgwood tea set, and a KPM blanc de chine (white glazed porcelain) figural group.

Other decorative accessories will include a Roman glass antiquity vase, two Doulton Lambeth lamps, a carved walrus ivory letter opener, several R.S. Prussia hair receivers, a signed Italian Murano glass bull, a nice pair of French bronze lamps, a French enameled Longwy vegetable bowl and candlesticks, a Eugene Marcus silver jardinière and scarce African trade “Venetian” bead necklaces

Estate and costume jewelry will feature a 14kt cabochon emerald and pearl ring, a 14kt yellow gold blue topaz and diamond necklace, a 14kt gold turquoise necklace and bracelet; a platinum Australian sapphire ring, a marquis shaped brilliant cut diamond ring, a 14kt gold Tissot ladies’ wristwatch, pieces by makers such as Cartier, Rolex and Schiaparelli and more.

This marquis-shaped, brilliant cut diamond ring, boasting an impressive 2.45-carat center stone, will lead the jewelry section of the auction.

Returning to artwork, other offerings will include an oil on canvas maritime scene in a beautiful gold gilt frame by James Meadows, an oil on canvas genre scene by Auguste Boulard, Sr., an etching of a seaside town by James Abbott McNeil Whistler, an oil rendering of a rocky coastline and shore by John A. Cook, an a color lithograph by Henri Matisse, executed in 1950.

Still more artwork will feature a framed vertical work by Roberto Domingo which was the original painting for the famous bullfight poster, an oil on canvas portrait of a young girl by Ramon Pichot, a signed print by Charles Scheyvogel of men on horseback brandishing guns, a Salvador Dali print of Don Quixote, an abstract oil on canvas by Robert Natkin, three good framed lithographs by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, an oil on canvas surrealist work by Lewis Vandercar, and a framed oil on canvas of a woman with birds by Luigi Mion.

Rounding out some of the day’s expected top lots will be a pair of impressive life-size French terracotta figures, KPM plaques, a wide range of glassware (by makers such as Steuben, Venini and Longwy), a Lignum Vitae wood sculpture of an elephant and dozens of other items.

For more information about this auction, call 321.768.6668, e-mail to aaauctions@earthlink.net or visit the Matheson’s AA Auctions website.

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