Lalique, Netsuke, Patek Philippe Headline Levy’s Sale

This Japanese carved wood-and-lacquer Netsuke from the Meiji period (1868-1912), stands 2 inches tall and has an estimated price of $500-$800.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Collections of 1920s Rene Lalique glass, netsuke carving and signed estate jewelry will headline a 500-lot estate auction planned for Oct. 27.

The auction, hosted by A.B. Levy’s, will get underway at 1 p.m. It will also feature highly collectible timepieces by Patek Philippe, 19th- and 20th- century furniture, sterling silver and works of fine art.

Dubbed “Magnificent Jewels, Art, Antiques and Asian Works of Art,” the auction will feature merchandise from prominent area estates and collections.

“I’ve never seen a collection of Netsuke quite as exciting as the one we have in this sale,” said Albert Levy of A.B. Levy’s.

An example lot is a Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese carved wood-and-lacquer netsuke of a suit of armor atop a storage trunk. Measuring just two inches in height, the piece carries a pre-sale estimate of $500 to $800.

A Rene Lalique molded opalescent glass statuette, titled “Suzanne,” dates circa 1920s and should fetch $20,000 to $30,000.

In addition to netsuke, the Asian category will feature jade, coral, snuff bottles, ivory, lapis, tiger’s eye and a few porcelain pieces. Highlight lots will include a Qing Dynasty Chinese carved red-coral group depicting two beauties, each holding an attribute, mounted on a carved ivory base, which is estimated at $40,000 $60,000; and a Chinese carved jade figure of a beauty, shown standing wearing flowing robes, with an estimate of $10,000 to $20,000.

Nearly 75 lots of Rene Lalique glass, all from circa 1920s, will be offered in consecutive lots. Featured items include a molded opalescent glass statuette titled “Suzanne,” signed Rene Lalique. The model, first introduced in 1925, is expected to command between $20,000 and $30,000.

Top lots in jewelry include an important sapphire and diamond ring, centered by an octagonal-shaped brilliant cut sapphire certified to be from Sri Lanka. Weighing 15.02 carats, the center stone is flanked by triangle-shaped diamonds. The piece carries an estimated price of $12,000 to $18,000.

A platinum-and-diamond crystal ring, centered by an emerald cut diamond weighing 3.25 carats, signed David Webb is expected to sell for $20,000 to $30,000.

Many jewelry lots signed by David Webb will also be offered. One is an 18kt platinum-and-diamond rock-crystal ring, centered by an emerald-cut diamond weighing approximately 3.25 carats, with an estimated price of $20,000 to $30,000. There are additional diamonds on each side weighing about one carat.

Certain to attract keen bidder interest is a fine collection of Patek Philippe timepieces. An example is an 18kt white-gold perpetual calendar chronograph with a mechanical movement with moon phases, AM/PM indicator and leap year indicator, which holds an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000. The watch comes with a sapphire case back, the original box and all the original paperwork dating to 2006.

From the same group is a Patek Philippe 18kt yellow-gold keyless pocket watch designed in the style of Louis XV and made circa 1890, with an estimate of $15,000 to $30,000. The domed back cover is decorated with a scene of St. George and the Dragon and the interior of the case has a scene of Christ on a ship in a rough sea. It has radial blue Roman numerals on oval white enamel reserves.

In addition to a date-of-sale morning preview, daily previews will be held Oct. 21 through Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, Internet bidding will be available via LiveAuctioneers.com, Artfact.com and The-Saleroom.com. Phone and left bids will also be taken.

For more information and to view the sale catalogue, visit A.B. Levy’s website.

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