Estate of Miami collector to be sold in Lakeland, Fla. The estate of a Miami lady whose amassed huge and important collections of fine antiques and art will be sold Saturday, October 13, at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla. by Albritton Auctioneers.
News-Antique.com - Sep 12,2007 - CONTINUATION OF THE MAJOR ESTATE OF A PROMINENT MIAMI COLLECTOR
TO BE HELD OCTOBER 13th BY ALBRITTON AUCTIONEERS IN LAKELAND, FLA.
(Lakeland, Fla.) - The major estate of a lady from Miami whose collection of fine antiques and art was so massive it couldn't all be sold over the course of a weekend in May, will be continued on Saturday, October 13, at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., beginning at 10 a.m. The auction will be conducted by Albritton Auctioneers of Lakeland. Albritton held part one of the sale on May 18-19.
“This outstanding estate belonged to a lady whose collections were so huge they probably couldn't even be assembled today,” remarked Kale Albritton of Albritton Auctioneers. “We sold literally thousands of pieces in May, and we'll be selling thousands more in October. Many of the lots will be in multiples.” Most of the items can be viewed on Albritton's website: www.albritton.net.
Most of the top items are from the 18th and 19th centuries, but the offerings are an eclectic mix of quality merchandise drawn from a broad range of categories. A few of the expected top lots include a signed Galle table; a Tiffany bull-handled tureen with full bull finial; an early pewter tankard, dated 1721; and a rare mahogany Chippendale chair bought by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1727.
But there is so much more. “We could do an entire auction just on Heisey pieces alone,” said Sue Albritton, Kale's wife. Over 300 pieces will be sold, many in multiple lots, and will include candle stands (some with prisms); animals; punch bowls; cups; vases; bowls; plates; powder jars; etched pieces; items with silver rims; and more, all in a dazzling variety of Heisey colors and patterns.
An outstanding collection of silver features many Tiffany items; a large 4-piece sterling server/warmer, marked Spritzer, Fuhrmann, Curacao #209; five large Gorham bowls and an 88-oz. Gorham oval tray; Francis I ladles and forks; an 1885 “Chantilly” cracker scoop; 1895 “Mythologique” forks; a 5-piece 1874 Meriden tea service; plus some Black, Starr, Frost; Kirk; Alvin; and International.
“The Oriental items are our best selection ever,” Kale commented. They include a large selection of early blue/white Canton; Imari; Rose Medallion; Famille Verte; several large chargers (one mark is 1662-1764); four large Celadon urns/vases; five hand-painted porcelain plaques; three coromandel screens; two porcelain garden seats; and five bronze urns with fish and animal designs.
The furniture selection is extensive and impressive. Just a few examples include a pair of Regency design open arm chairs; a pair of rosewood Bombe bureau chests with bronze and silver decorations; six mahogany Chippendale design chairs; a set of eight Chinese Chippendale design dining chairs; six Queen Anne design dining chairs; and some nice antique mirrors.
Also from the furniture category: a large mahogany Chippendale design corner chair; a 19th century pine corner cabinet; a wheeled music cabinet stool with inlaid panels and needlepoint seat; a mahogany 4-drawer inlaid chest with bracket feet; a mahogany dining table with