Treasures from New York’s Madison Galleries Owners to Cross the Block in West Palm Beach

“The Capture” is part of a Bronze Group by Evgeni Lanceray, is among the many pieces of fine art, antiques, objects d’art owned by Florence and Irving Rubinstein, the former owners of the renowned Madison Galleries in New York City, that will go up for auction on Jan. 10-11, 2011.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches will conduct a single-owner, two-session auction on Jan. 10-11, 2011 offering the personal property of Mrs. Florence Rubinstein and the late Mr. Irving Rubinstein. The Rubinstein’s were the owners of the renowned Madison Galleries in New York City before retiring to Delray Beach. The auction will feature over 600 lots of antiques, fine art and objects d’art that were previously in their home at 20 Sutton Place South in Manhattan.

This collection was amassed over 70 years of dealing and collecting by the Rubinsteins, whose eye for antiques is clearly evident in the fine selection of items offered. Each object has a quality in execution and detail that is a testament to the Rubinsteins’ discerning taste.

Some of the highlights include a group of Russian bronzes including a very large group by Lanceray, a collection of Russian enamels, more than 75 lots of silver, a collection of very fine Japanese and Chinese ivories and bronzes, 19th-century figural bronze and Baccarat crystal vases, a Satsuma collection, a fine collection of 17 Pietra Dura plaques, three paintings by Johann Berthelsen (1873-1972 American), and a 19th-century Pietra Dura inlaid cabinet on stand.

Also to be sold includes a collection of fine English porcelain service plates, a fabulously large Meissen dog, 273 piecss of Tiffany sterling flatware set in the “Castilian” pattern and an amazing Tiffany glass vase 14-inch high, pair of Royal Sevres vases, 18th- and 19th-century Chinese porcelain and jade objects—the best of which is an impressive 18th-century covered vase—coral carvings, a collection of European bronzes, European paintings and much more.

A Russian silver gilt & enamel pedestal bowl by Anton Kuzmichev, 1899.

An English silver Monteith bowl, London 1891 (75 oz.).

This auction will be an excellent opportunity for collectors and dealers to bid on an array of fine quality antiques and art that are fresh to the market, after seventy years of collecting.

Madison Galleries was founded by Florence’s father—Abe Ash—in the 1930s, and its first location was on Madison Avenue in mid-town Manhattan. As the gallery became more successful in the 1950s, Ash branched out and opened two locations in Atlantic City and expanded the Manhattan gallery to 45th and 5th Avenues. As Madison Galleries continued to grow with new connections in Europe, the gallery became too small and relocated to 56th Street and 2nd Avenue.

A French 19th-century gilt bronze & cut glass vase.

By the time Irving and Florence Rubinstein took over the running of Madison Galleries from Ash, Madison Galleries had become recognized as one of the major retailers in the antique industry. Their business was expanding and their reputation as a leading supplier of antiques to the retail and antique auction trade was flourishing. Madison Galleries became a recognized destination for collectors, designers, and decorators. In the 1980s, the gallery re-located to 840 Broadway and operated there until 1995 when the Rubinstein’s retired to South Florida. Mr. Rubinstein passed away in 2004 and Mrs. Rubinstein—now in her 90s—has chosen to auction her extensive collection with Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc.

For more information, condition reports and images of this outstanding collection, call 561.805.7115 and ask for Mr. Leslie Baker or Mr. Brian Kogan or visit the Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Web site. Preview will begin in the gallery starting on Jan. 6, 2011. The Gallery is located at 1609 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. Absentee, phone Bids, and internet bidding is available on


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