News-Antique.com - Aug 10,2009 - Kaminski Auctions, one of Massachusettsí premier antiques and fine art auction houses, announces its August Estates Auction. The two-day auction features antiques, fine art, collectibles and maritime memorabilia from estates spanning Massachusetts to Kaminskiís second location in California. The auction takes place Saturday and Sunday August 22-23 next to the Windward Grille at 109 Eastern Ave. in Essex, Massachusetts. Bidding commences at 10am EST each day.
History buffs will jump at the chance to bid on a rare Indian rifle ($15,000-$25,000). The rifle was originally owned by White Man Runs Him, General George A. Custerís famous Crow scout at the Battle of Little Big Horn (June 25, 1876). Custerís scout adorned the rifle with cultural symbols and regarded it as sacred, often using it in tribal ceremonies. This unique firearm measures 47 inches in length.
Also highlighting the auction is a painting by American artist Francis Augustus Silva. The seascape painting ($20,000-$30,000) features the faint outline of a ship on the horizon during a choppy day at sea. Silva is well known for his luminist seascapes, which have brought prices as high as seven-figures at auction. This painting is a prime specimen of his work, measuring 22 x 29 in its gilt frame.
A suite of opal and diamond jewelry ($20,000-$30,000) is also offered at this exciting two-day auction. A pair of earrings and matching necklace feature an array of ten opals, each boasting a decorative surface design. An unusual 14-karat gold setting also boasts over 50 diamonds. The pieces are signed ďLeon Paule CoutureĒ and weigh 5.5 ozt in total.
Also featured is a Newcomb College art pottery vase ($10,000-$15,000). The multi-colored base boasts a blue and green forest design. The piece is signed and numbered on the bottom and measures 5.5 inches high.
Additional fine art offerings include a painting by Viennese artist Hans Zatzka (1859-1945). The oil on board ($15,000-$25,000), depicting a woman with an angel, is in its original antique gilt frame and measures 20 x 29 inches. Zatzka is well known for his religious paintings, which are highly sought after at auction.
ďItís always a pleasure to encounter rare and valuable objects from our nationís fascinating history,Ē comments Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. ďWe are always looking for items to feature in upcoming auctions and can take consignments in any volume, from a single piece to an entire estate.Ē