Items from the Estate of Swedish Count & Countess to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

This oil-on-canvas portrait by Edward Perseus (Swed., 1841-1890) depicting Oscar II of Sweden from the estate of Count and Countess Claes-Eric de Lewenhaupt of Sweden is expected to bring between $4,000 and $5,000 at a multi-estate auction planned for Saturday, Aug. 10, to be hosted by Elite Decorative Arts.

This early 19th-century oil portrait of Swedish politician Gustaf Fredrk Wirsen (1779-1827) after the original by Johan Sandberg, carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,500 to $2,500. Another painting to cross the block will be an oil-on-canvas portrait by Elisabeth Keyser (Swed., 1851-1898) of an aristocratic lady (est. $2,000-$2,500).

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Around 150 lots from the estate of Count and Countess Claes-Eric de Lewenhaupt of Sweden—including 19th-century paintings and other decorative items—will headline a multi-estate auction planned for Saturday, Aug. 10, to be hosted by Elite Decorative Arts.

The sale will be held at the Elite Decorative Arts gallery, located in the Quantum Town Center at 1034 Gateway Blvd. (Suite 106) in Boynton Beach. In all, around 300 lots will be sold. The sale will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT).

This pair of 19th century Sevres French porcelain six-arm candelabra, each having hand-painted scenes of courting couples and landscapes, should sell for between $1,500 and $2,500.

Count Lewenhaupt was formerly an officer in the Swedish Royal Navy and served as a diplomat in Russia, France, Egypt and Spain. He served as director of communications for the Carillon Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla., was manager of the Barcelona Hotel and Yacht Club, also in Miami Beach, and served as vice president of Gibraltar Life Insurance Company in London.

For six years, Count Lewenhaupt was president of the City of Miami People-to-People Committee. He and his wife enjoyed life’s finer things, and that is reflected in the many items to be sold. These include fine artworks, porcelains, silver, bronzes, estate jewelry, art glass, Chinese antiquities and more. He often said, “I have bread money, but I’m working for my daily caviar.”

In 1967, the Count was sent to Sweden by Florida Gov. Claude Kirk to present a gigantic silver and mahogany replica of the state seal to Sweden’s King Gustavus Adolphus IV.

Three original oil painting portraits from the Count’s estate are certain to generate keen bidder interest. One is a depiction of Oscar II (1829-1907) of Sweden, by the Swedish artist Edward Perseus (1841-1890). The work—mounted in an impressive gilded frame with a name plaque at the lower center (“Oscar II”) —is signed and dated 1885. It should fetch $4,000-$5,000.

Another is a lovely rendering of an unnamed aristocratic lady, by another Swedish artist, Elisabeth Keyser (1851-1898). A family crest with a crown can be seen in the upper right. The 32-inch by 24-inch portrait is mounted in a heavy gilded wood frame behind a glass screen, with the original Eugene Stahl (Paris) label to the back. The painting should breeze to $2,000-$2,500.

The third is a depiction of the Swedish officer and politician Gustaf Fredrik Wirsen (1779-1827), after the original work by Johan Gustaf Sandberg (Swed., 1782-1854). The portrait was executed sometime around 1827. It is mounted in a stunning gilded frame and measures 51 inches in height by 39 inches wide, minus the frame. It is expected to command $1,500-$2,000.

Decorative accessories will feature a Ditta Torchiana & Loda 800 Italian silver repousse charger, having a stunning floral design and scalloped rim (est. $1,000-$1,200). The charger holds the 800 silver mark with the 47 MI mark, denoting Ditta Torchiana & Loda, Silversmiths, and the city of Milan, Italy. Made in the first half of the 20th century, it weighs 43.4 troy ounces.

Also sold will be a beautiful antique 36-piece Swedish and English silver fork and knife set, with year marks of 1895 and 1896 and housed in a Mappin & Webb fitted presentation box (est. $1,800-$2,000). The 18 knives hold M&W maker’s marks, Sheffield town marks and a Lion Passant Guardant purity mark. The 17 forks are made of Swedish silver with JET maker’s marks. An 18th fork—an antique French 950 sterling with Minerva’s head—makes up for one missing.

This three-piece figural tea set by Irina Zaytceva (Russ., b. 1957), with covered pitcher and two footed tea cups, could bring between $1,500 and $2,000.

Items not from the Lewenhaupts’ estate, but certainly worth noting, include an oil-on-canvas rendering of a landscape scene with olive trees on a plateau by the Ukranian-Russian artist Iwan Trusz (1869-1941). The work, mounted to a Masonite board using an impasto technique, is signed and measures 27 inches by 37 inches. It should garner $8,000-$12,000.

Also offered will be a pair of 19th-century Sevres French porcelain six-arm candelabra (est. $1,500-$2,500), with each candelabra showing hand-painted scenes of courting couples and landscapes and surrounded by cobalt ground. Both are signed “A. Daret.” Each candelabra is mounted on a gilded bronze lion base with scrolled floral arms and stands about 25 ½ inches tall.

Rounding out just a few of the expected top lots is a three-piece porcelain figural tea set by Irina Zaytceva (Russan, b. 1957). The set includes a covered pitcher and two footed tea cups. Each piece has a figural face and hand-handled design, with Irina’s signature style. Each piece is also initialed “IZ.” The tallest piece is 10 ½ inches tall. The tea set should sell for $1,500-$2,000.

This 36-piece Swedish and English sterling silver knife and fork set, 18 of each, could realize $1,800 to $2,000.

Previews will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, Aug. 10—the date of sale—from 11 a.m. until the first gavel falls at 1 p.m. For those unable to attend, Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers and Artfact. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Elite Decorative Arts’ next big auction after this will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, and will be a decorative arts sale. Consignments for that and all future auctions are being sought. For more information about this auction or to inquire about consigning an item, an estate or collection, call 561.200.0893, e-mail to or visit the Elite Decorative Arts website.

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